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  • Published: 19 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241971413
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

The Ignorant Maestro

How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance




In The Ignorant Maestro, Symphony Orchestra conductor Itay Talgam reveals the art of successful leadership by looking at the world's greatest conductors

'I learned more about leadership in that half hour than in my entire career' Al Gore, on a lecture by Itay Talgam

A conductor in front of his orchestra is an iconic symbol of leadership-but what does a maestro actually do in order to create unity, excellence and harmony? And how can a leader in other fieldsbenefit from observing orchestral conductors?

Itay Talgam explores the different ways a maestro can work with his orchestra, by examining the leadership styles of six of the most famous and distinctive conductors of all time: the commanding Ricardo Muti, the fatherly and passionate Arturo Toscanini, the calm Richard Strauss, the guru-like Herbert von Karajan, the dancing Carlos Kleiber, and the master of dialogue Leonard Bernstein.

Against the backdrop of traditional controlling leadership, Talgam shows how great contemporary leadership mixes control and letting go, promotes new knowledge by choosing to be ignorant, creates unity through embracing gaps, and enhances leadership effectiveness by adopting keynote listening.

Using the same universal tools, leaders can conduct their organizations to their maximum potential-whether in business, education, government, sports, or any other field.

Itay Talgam has conducted orchestras across Europe and the United States, starting with Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre de Paris in 1987, and has conducted every major Israeli orchestra, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A consultant, speaker and teacher, his clients range from bankers to the army, and he has lectured across the world including at Google's Zeitgeist (London and California), TED Global (Oxford), DLD (Munich and Moscow), the World Economic Forum in Davos, and many more. He also founded the Maestro Program, to help everyday people develop a musician's collaboration and a conductor's leadership.
%%%In The Ignorant Maestro, Symphony Orchestra conductor Itay Talgam reveals the art of successful leadership by looking at the world's greatest conductors


A conductor in front of his orchestra is an iconic symbol of leadership. But what does a maestro actually do to ensure cooperation, harmony and a flawless performance?

The key is to embrace ignorance.

For twenty years,orchestra conductor Itay Talgam has drawn on his experience on the podium to teach non-musicians the art of leading like a conductor - from CEOs to entrepreneurs, politicians to schoolteachers. In The Ignorant Maestro, he brings that art to leaders everywhere.

Turning to six of the most iconic conductors as examples, from the dictatorial Muti to Bernstein, the master of dialogue, Talgam's anecdotes and insights will change the way you think about listening, humility and the path to unpredictable brilliance. They will equip you for exceptional leadership. And they will empower you to lead your team to greater harmony.
%%%In The Ignorant Maestro, Symphony Orchestra conductor Itay Talgam reveals the art of successful leadership by looking at the world's greatest conductors
A conductor in front of his orchestra is an iconic symbol of leadership. But what does a maestro actually do to ensure cooperation, harmony and a flawless performance?
The key is to embrace ignorance.
For twenty years, orchestra conductor Itay Talgam has drawn on his experience on the podium to teach non-musicians the art of leading like a conductor - from CEOs to entrepreneurs, politicians to schoolteachers. In The Ignorant Maestro, he brings that art to leaders everywhere.
Turning to six of the most iconic conductors as examples, from the dictatori

  • Published: 19 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241971413
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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