Benjamin Zander at TED

He says, “…I suddenly realized, the conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. My picture appears on the front of the CD. But the conductor doesn’t make a sound. He depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful. And that changed everything for me. It was totally life changing. People in my orchestra came up to me and said, ‘Ben, what happened?’ That’s what happened. I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people.”

And, oh, how he can do it. I can’t recommend his book, The Art of Possibility, strongly enough. I give copies away as fast as I can buy them. Enjoy the video and get your hands on a copy of the book.

(Thanks to Clarke Ching and Frank Patrick for bringing this to my attention.)


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Richard Lawrence

Is co-owner of Agile For All. He trains and coaches teams and organizations to become happier and more productive. He draws on a diverse background in software development, engineering, anthropology, and political science. Richard is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, as well as a certified trainer of the accelerated learning method, Training from the Back of the Room.

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