Itay Talgam was born in Israel, trained in classical orchestra and conducting, and worked with and learned from the late, great Leonard Bernstein. Interestingly enough, he now spends his time teaching business leaders about how to better inspire the people around them. Talgam brings the unique perspective of his career to your library and shows how music can be found anywhere in the world, especially in the business world, and how the figurative melodies of work life can prove transformational should you listen carefully.
Parts one and two of The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance lay the foundation of three main ideas: how an “ignorant” leader can bring fresh ideas and leadership to a group, understanding that gaps in knowledge can provide an opportunity for growth, and how keynote listening creates an exchange which proves beneficial for both the speaker and audience.
Talgam expands on each of these ideas in a separate chapter, and they become the lens through which he examines some of the most popular and influential orchestra conductors of the recent history.
With six conductors in total, Talgam explains different styles of conducting each come with pros and cons. Some are very rigid and commanding, while others are light and airy. All of the different styles are then connected to areas of business, showing how you can improve as a leader and how you can inspire others to be their best. By reading Talgam’s work, you will have an expanded understanding of music, business, and how the two connect. You will also gain a greater appreciation for the great conductors and how styles of leadership, though they may be different, can all be valuable.
I found my copy of The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance on Amazon.com.