Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday TED Talk: Itay Talgam on Leading without Words

This was one of my all-time favorite talks given at the 2009 TED Global Conference. I studied music theory and composition as an undergraduate, and played in my share of orchestras, so this talk was literally music to my ears. Itay Talgam, who is no slouch of a conductor himself, uses rare old footage to illustrate how six master conductors approach and solve the problem of how one brings a 100-piece orchestra together into a performance of stunning effect and beauty, with only non-verbal communication:

You can read more about Itay Talgam here; and you really should watch this talk in its high-res version here to get the most out of the old footage he uses. He has a homepage here, which goes into more depth about his application of conducting techniques to achieving better teamwork in businesses. You can download the talk in that and other formats from this page.

1 comment:

  1. Teamwork, indeed with the right orchestra leader, is the name of the game.
    As Talgam so eloquently stated, it is so important to keep in mind not only the combined entities but the individual ones so that all can succeed.
    A very special video to share far and wide. Thank you.