The Practices of Transformation

The Practices of Transformation

With Ben and Roz Zander, Breakthroughs Are the Norm

By Rich Simon

January/February 2002

Ben and Roz Zander know how to make an offer that's hard to refuse. For example, Ben Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and celebrated expert on Gustav Mahler, tells music students beginning a course with him that, if they attend class regularly, "I guarantee you a major breakthrough in your life and in your music-making." It is the same confidence he carries with him as one of the world's most sought after corporate speakers on leadership and creativity, traveling around the globe addressing groups like Disney, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, IBM, NASA and the United States Army to whom he promises "access to a more fully lived life." And this March, therapists will even have the chance to take him up on his offer when he gives the opening keynote address at the 25th Anniversary Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C. 

Meanwhile, Roz Zander, a family therapist and landscape painter, as well as Zander's long-time creative and business partner, displays the same assurance in the more intimate confines of her consulting room. She promises her clients that if they don't have a significant breakthrough during a session, she will not charge them for her time with them. "I don't hedge my bets," she says, "but I wouldn't be able to say that if I didn't have a lot of skills at turning things around."

What makes these two so confident? Their approach and ideas about personal change are set forth in The Art of Possibility, a book that…

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