About the Authors:
Rosamund Stone Zander, an executive coach and family systems therapist, develops models for leadership, relationship, and effective action. She proposes a theory of human development that promotes creativity as an essential adult capacity.
Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philarmonic since its formation in 1979. He has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras around the world, giving regular performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. He has taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston for more than thirty years. Over the past ten years, Zander has become a sought-after speaker to major organizations for his presentations on leadership and creativity.
Top 12 Ideas:
“In the face of Difficulty, We can Despair, Get angry… or choose Possibility.”
1. It’s all Invented.
“It’s all invented anyway, some might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life of those around us.”
The Practice: Ask yourself those two questions:
What assumption am I making, That I’m not aware I’m making, That gives me What I see?
What might I now invent, That I haven’t yet invented, That would give me other choices?
2. Stepping into a Universe of Possibility.
“In realm of possibility, we gain our knowledge by invention.”
You are more likely to be successful if you participate joyfully with projects and goals.
3. Giving an A.
Every time you make a mistake instead of saying “Oh *****!”, Mr. Zander suggest that you say “How fascinating!”. You can use this two words not only to mistakes but even with those experiences we define as “negative”.
Giving yourself an A it’s a framework that allows you to see all of you, and be all of who you are, without having to resist or deny any part of you. It’s all a game anyway, so we might invent something that brightens our life and the lives of the people around us.
4. Being a Contribution.
Declare yourself to be a contribution. Throw yourself into life as someone who makes a difference, accepting that you may not understand how or why.
5. Leading from any chair.
“How much greatness are we willing to grant people?”
The activity of leadership is not limited to conductors, presidents, and CEOs, of course – the player who energizes the orchestra by communicating his newfound appreciation for the tasks of the conductor.
6. Rule Number 6.
Go back when you were 6 years old and think about your dreams that you had. When we follow “Rule Number 6”, we are instantly transported into a remarkable universe
7. The way things are.
“Mistakes can be like ice, if we resist them, we may keep on slipping into a posture of defeat.”
Being able to be present to everything that is happening without resistance creates possibility.
8. Giving way to passion.
Notice where you are holding back, and let go. Participate wholly and be passionate about whatever you are doing.
9. Lighting a Spark.
“Enrollment is the art and practice of generating as a spark of possibility for others to share.”
Give yourself as a possibility to others and be ready to catch their spark.
10. Being the Board.
There are two questions to practice “Being the Board.”:
I am the framework for everything that happens in my life?
Well, how did this get on the board that I am?
“Being the Board” is not blaming yourself, you just present no obstacles to others.
11. Frameworks for Possibility.
The most powerful framework is VISION. When you create Visions you automatically articulate a possibility and fulfills a desire fundamental to humankind.
12. Telling the WE Story.
Switch the word “I” to “We”, “Our” and “Us”.
Start asking “What do WE want to have happened here?”, What’s best for US?” or “What’s OUR next Step?”.
"One of the most inspiring, practical, and uplifting book I have ever read. The very act of reading it with an open heart and mind will improve your health!" - Christine Northrup.