Saturday, January 3, 2009

Video of the Week: Chopin, the Long Line and Leadership

"One of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming – imagine if Martin Luther King had said “I have a dream – of course I’m not sure if they’re up to it.”

This man really is a spectacular performer! He once wrote that metaphor of the orchestra is frequently used in the literature of leadership because the profession of conductor is one of the last bastions of totalitarianism in the civilized world! His provocative ideas about leadership are rooted in a partnership with Rosamund Stone Zander, with whom he co-wrote The Art of Possibility. The book teaches how to give an A, how to lead from any chair, rule number 6, and more; a great addition to anyone's personal and professional reading list.

Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership -- and he's been known to do both in a single performance. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.

"Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm." Sue Fox, London Sunday Times

Video from licensed under the cc license "attribution -- noncommercial -- nonderivative."

Related Item: Benjamin Zander's Website

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