Benjamin Zander is a world-renown author and speaker, as well as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. After years of incorporating his curriculum into our Studio/E at the Hill program we decided to call him to see if he would come to Minneapolis to speak. Mere months after that phone call, Benjamin took Studio/E membership on a journey full of passionate music, energetic anecdotes and invaluable teachings on the role possibility can play in our leadership and how it can help us break through barriers. Benjamin’s book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life has been translated into 15 languages. He is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world, and we had the unforgettable opportunity to spend an evening with him.
In conjunction with Jacobs Marketing, we brought John O’Leary to Minneapolis to talk to Studio/E about living an inspired life. Author of the book On Fire, John was burned over his entire body when he was nine years old. His injuries were so grave that he was given a 1 percent chance to live, and yet he is very much alive and well, able to tell his story of thriving against all odds. He wove in in tales from his unbelievable survival and left us all feeling inspired.
New York Times bestselling author Greg McKeown came to Minneapolis to talk to Studio/E about living essentially. He is author of the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and spoke about the power of focus in a busy world where everyone is faced with the tyranny of the immediate. He is also CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few as opposed to the trivial many.
We have been inspired by Michael Bungay Stanier since we came across his essay I’m Scarred many years back, which we introduce to Studio/E members on their first day of our At the Hill program. Michael is author of several books, including The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. His many Ted Talks and his informative Box of Crayons video are just some of the many works he has done. He came to work with Studio/E Masters during a morning workshop and gave a presentation that evening on The 5 Question Leader – The Secret to Working Less Hard and Having More Impact. During his presentation we learned how to stop doing good work and start doing great work that really matters.