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As an orchestral conductor, Benjamin Zander is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest interpreters of Mahler and Beethoven of his age. Alongside his glittering musical talents he has been acknowledged as an extraordinarily charismatic and energetic speaker, with his preconcert talks being almost as eagerly anticipated as the performance itself.

Benjamin has been conductor of the Boston Philharmonic since 1979 and has performed as guest conductor with many of the world's greatest orchestras. His views on leadership, formed by his experience in music, are highly enlightening as he encourages people to create harmony between themselves and their colleagues in the same way that he would encourage harmony between the musicians under his baton.

His book The Art of Possibility, which he co-wrote with his wife Rosamund Stone Zander, delineates his fascinating and provocative theories of leadership.

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    A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Benjamin Zander is known for his charisma and unyielding energy — and for his brilliant pre-concert talks.

    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.

    His provocative ideas about leadership are rooted in a partnership with Rosamund Stone Zander, with whom he co-wrote The Art of Possibility.

    “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


Benjamin Zander Speaker Videos Back to top

Benjamin Zander: Speech


With his trademark passion for music Benjamin Zander explains that music is created from enthusiasm and love, and that all other means of judging it are irrelevant; as he says himself, “We should only grade people on their enthusiasm; anything else is worthless."

Benjamin Zander - Work (How to give an A)


Choosing Your World - Benjamin Zander at European Zeitgeist



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Benjamin Zander brings his experience of top-level orchestral conducting to the business world in speeches which are a world away from dry academia.

Using music, he illustrates how his job of leadership as a conductor is to release the innate talent of others and then to bring those talents together as a coherent whole. He sees passion, creativity and inclusiveness as integral parts of what make us human beings; the job of the leader is to allow these features to come out.

Applying the metaphor of the orchestra to corporate productivity Benjamin demonstrates that organizations must undergo radical changes of philosophy if they are truly to realize the benefit of their employees' creativity.

    A METAPHOR FOR LEADERSHIP
    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 organizations.



Benjamin Zander Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "If we could simply bottle it, and sell it as an elixir, not only could we make a few bucks, but also change the world."
    - Eric Oddeifson, Resource Investments, Inc.

    "If you want to liberate your soul, listen to Zander′s Mahler. If you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, study the Art of Possibility with the Zanders. In his presentation Ben explodes traditional leadership thinking and takes leadership out of the closet. He blows the door WITH its hinges off that closet, and you can never go back after working with Ben. His leadership view is unconventional, irreverent and bold. Its impact is without boundaries. I have seen Ben Zander′s teaching transform entire teams through Possibility in ways that are nothing short of magical with results that are nothing short of exemplary. He is a catalyst for Excellence."
    - Roseanna DeMaria, First Vice President, Leadership & Performance, Merrill Lynch

    "In his passionate, almost savagely energetic monologues, Zander leaps about the stage from his piano to a flip chart and back to the piano. He plays, lectures, spins tales, and pushes his audience to laugh, cry, and sing..."
    - Polly LaBarre, Fast Company

    "Dear Ben - The safe space that you created in that auditorium allowed us to experience self-expression in a challenging and nurturing way. You took a simple everyday act like singing happy birthday and showed us that by giving it our all (by giving it your all) we could move each other to tears of joy. I thank you for the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful lesson. I now carry the possibility of joy inside me."
    - George Fuchs




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    "If we could simply bottle it, and sell it as an elixir, not only could we make a few bucks, but also change the world."
    - Eric Oddeifson, Resource Investments, Inc.

    "If you want to liberate your soul, listen to Zander′s Mahler. If you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, study the Art of Possibility with the Zanders. In his presentation Ben explodes traditional leadership thinking and takes leadership out of the closet. He blows the door WITH its hinges off that closet, and you can never go back after working with Ben. His leadership view is unconventional, irreverent and bold. Its impact is without boundaries. I have seen Ben Zander′s teaching transform entire teams through Possibility in ways that are nothing short of magical with results that are nothing short of exemplary. He is a catalyst for Excellence."
    - Roseanna DeMaria, First Vice President, Leadership & Performance, Merrill Lynch

    "In his passionate, almost savagely energetic monologues, Zander leaps about the stage from his piano to a flip chart and back to the piano. He plays, lectures, spins tales, and pushes his audience to laugh, cry, and sing..."
    - Polly LaBarre, Fast Company

    "Dear Ben - The safe space that you created in that auditorium allowed us to experience self-expression in a challenging and nurturing way. You took a simple everyday act like singing happy birthday and showed us that by giving it our all (by giving it your all) we could move each other to tears of joy. I thank you for the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful lesson. I now carry the possibility of joy inside me."
    - George Fuchs


    The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
    Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander′s experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander′s genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

    The authors′ harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.
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    A METAPHOR FOR LEADERSHIP
    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 organizations.



Benjamin Zander: Speech


With his trademark passion for music Benjamin Zander explains that music is created from enthusiasm and love, and that all other means of judging it are irrelevant; as he says himself, “We should only grade people on their enthusiasm; anything else is worthless."

Benjamin Zander - Work (How to give an A)


Choosing Your World - Benjamin Zander at European Zeitgeist