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Spotlight on Benjamin Zander, Contender for Thinkers 50 Poll 2011

9th September 2011

Former conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Benjamin Zander has an extensive inspirational speaking career, traveling the world as a keynote speaker, lecturing to organisations on leadership. Benjamin has been nominated for the 2011 Thinkers 50.

Trying to describe what Ben Zander does in front of a large audience (or in the audience - he is not constrained by the usual boundary of stage and podium separating him from the throng) is like trying to capture the essence of electricity-it crackles, it sparks, it's a powerful natural source of light, heat and energy, but what is it exactly? Perhaps electricity is not such a bad metaphor; Benjamin Zander turns people on-to their own talent, to their relationships, to their lives.

Benjamin Zander's presentation takes an audience on a journey that offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Through stories, music and concepts it causes a radical shift in perception. This is not a speech, it is an experience!

In this new model of leadership, the conductor sees his job as awakening possibility in others. The orchestra is a group of highly trained individuals poised to coalesce into an effective whole. Passion, creativity and the desire to contribute are basic human instincts to be released.

World famous conductor, Benjamin Zander uses the metaphor of the orchestra and a life-time of experience conducting, coaching and teaching musicians to work his magic to overcome barriers to corporate productivity. This presentation sources fundamental changes in organisations.

Benjamin Zander has appeared four times as a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was presented with the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations".

The best-selling book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, co-authored with his partner, leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander, has been translated into fifteen languages.

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