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Books: The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
by Zander and Zander (2000)
Over the last few months I have been speaking and writing about using inquiry to develop a positive verses a deficit perspective in organizations, and so I was delighted when a good friend and colleague clued me in to this remarkable book. The authors are a husband-and-wife team: he the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and she a talented family therapist. This is a book of stories around 'practices' the reader can use. The practices are not for self-improvement, but "geared instead toward causing a...shift of posture, perceptions, beliefs, and thought processes" – including not taking yourself too seriously. Although the book has been around for awhile, I consider it one of my best finds this year.

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