On this, the last full week of 2004, I will be posting about the book The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.
The book is a quick and moving read. The Zanders offer up 12 practices. Each practice is represented by a short memorable mantra with several stories and examples for illustration and clarification of the distinctions.
Today I will continue discussion of the 12 Practices offered in the Art of Possibility. See the first post here. Here are the next three practices with a few selected quotes from the book:
4. Being a Contribution
"I settled on a game called I am contribution. Unlike success and failure, contribution has no other side. It is not arrived at by comparison."??
"The practice of this chapter is inventing oneself as contribution, and others as well. The steps to the practice are these:
1. Declare yourself to be a contribution.
2. Throw yourself into life as someone who makes a difference, accepting that you may not understand how or why.
The contribution game appears to have remarkable powers for transforming conflicts into rewarding experiences."??
"When you play the contribution game, it is never a single individual who is transformed."??
5. Leading from Any Chair
(Benjamin Zander is a famous conductor) "Yet in the music business, as in all walks of life, a leader who feels he is superior is likely to suppress the voices of the very people on whom he must rely to deliver his vision alive and kicking."??
"I began to ask myself questions like, "What makes a group lively and engaged?"?? instead of "How good am I?"??"
"A monumental question for leaders in any organization to consider is: How much greatness are we willing to grant people?"??
"Who am I being that they are not shining?"??
3. Rule Number 6
"The practice of this chapter is to lighten up, which may well lighten up those around you."??
"When one person peels away layers of opinion, entitlement, pride, and inflated self-description, other instantly feel the connection. "
"When we follow Rule Number 6 and lighten up over our childish demands and entitlements, we are instantly transported into a remarkable universe."??
Does that increase your blood circulation? It should! The book is an inexpensive $14.00 and worth its weight in gold. So buy the book and give the rest to buy food for the hungry. Life should taste good.
Here´s the link to buy the book at: