The Art of Possibility


The Art of Possibility 
Author Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
Title The Art of Possibility
Subtitle Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Category HR,Psychology
B00FKYT35O /   
Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Country USA
No of Pages 224

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This is a book I personally loved. Written by the conductor of Boston Philarmonic Orchestra and professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, Benjamin Zander and psychotherapist and landscape painter Rosamund Stone Zander, the book offers insight and inspiration for new possibilities at work and life, through stories drawn from the worlds of art, psychology, business and politics. Mr. Zander gives presentations to managers and executives around the world and Ms. Zander conducts workshops for organizations on practicing the art of possibility. Here is what they advocate:

1. It’s all invented.
When you’re looking at a problem, all the assumptions you make about it are in your mind. The frames our minds create define – and confine – what we perceive to be possible. By enlarging the box, or creating another frame around the data, problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.

2. Stepping into a Universe of Possibility
If you have an attitude of abundance instead of a mentality of scarcity, you’re more likely to find new business, new opportunities and new possibilities. If you participate joyfully in tasks and projects, you’re more likely to be successful. If you are inclusive and passionate in your life, you’re likely to see greater abundance.

3. Giving an A
This is about automatically assuming the best with people. An A radiates possibility through community or workplace, gaining strength, bringing joy and expression and a flowering of talent and productivity.This A is not an expectation to live up to, but a possibility to live into.

4. Being a Contribution
Declaring yourself to be a contribution, takes you from self-concern to making a difference for others.

5. Leading from any Chair
The conductor is not the only leader of an orchestra. Anyone can lead. As a leader, you “can invite information and expression; speak to their passion; can look for an opportunity to hand them the baton.”

6. Rule Number 6
This is a reminder to lighten up and not take yourself so seriously!

7. The Way Things Are
Being with the way things are, calls for an expansion of ourselves. We accept without resisting the current situation, encompassing contradictions and painful feelings and appreciating the beauty of the longer run.

8. Giving Way to Passion
Letting energy connect you to all beyond structure and limitations.

9. Lighting a Spark
This practice talks about inspiring others to pursue passion. What is‘the life force for humankind’ is the passionate energy to connect, express and communicate, the Zanders suggest.

10. Being the Board
“Being the Board” means questioning your assumptions, perspective or outlook about the situation at hand and embarking you on a journey of initiatives in relationships, making them effective partnerships.

11. Creating Frameworks for Possibility
Don’t go with the flow toward an idea or concept that’s spiraling downward to the abyss, the Zanders say. Come up with bold, visionary missions and ideas that stand confidently in the world. Stand out and advocate for your bold ideas.

12. Telling the WE Story
The WE Story is about going from a place of division, conflict and hostility, competition and struggle to a place of enthusiasm and togetherness. A place of cooperation.

The Zanders invite us all to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world. This is a book to read again and again.


Contributed by: Andria Antoniadou