Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at

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25 thoughts on “Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

  1. andreaprodan

    Bernstein uses a Soderbergh baton. He ONLY ever used Soderbergh batons. In the LAST video he conducts FACIALLY!!! Had he lost his baton? Was he offered a cheap Fantacuzzi. We should know the TRUTH behind this hamish piece of bravura.

  2. andreaprodan

    But what we are forgetting here is the importance of the baton. I think of Von Karajan’s Martinetti and Valsecchi Baton’s. Of AndrΓ¨ Previn’s particular ‘penchant’ for the flimsy Nakamura batons. Tan Dun wouldn’t TOUCH a Nakamura. He claimed they are “cheap and flimsy”.
    Much of Von K’s strength and appeal was due to his cherished Italian batons, let’s not forget!

  3. dyrevennen

    Thanks for the list of music played. The second clip is Mozart, the overture to the opera Don giovani.

  4. Torowe1

    Great talk, Itay !! Wonderful perspective of these great conductors. And that Haydn 88 – just like old times at Tanglewood, for Lenny’s 70th in 1988 !!! Tony

  5. vndogrue

    I am so moved by this talk. Gems of wisdom: You start, when you can’t stand it anymore. Notice – all orchestras made beautiful music.
    Look at each other and start playing πŸ™‚

  6. punion1

    @piotrezzz Luckily Berstein was a show off so we can see what is really going on in the great clip that Talgam wraps up with.

  7. livepowerfully

    #TLCC, how about post your comments here about what you see related to leadership and coaching leaders. Julian

  8. analfreitas

    Fantastic! Unbelievable how tere are so many peoplethat are ignorant and insensitive , unable to understand and feel the beauty of art…The way that Itay Talgam puts everything is incredibly simple and accessible! Love that all!Congrats

  9. stalepie13

    I don’t get this. The conductor does nothing while he’s up on the stage. The musicians are just looking at their sheet music. They hardly ever look up. It’s stupid. Conductors shouldn’t be paid any more, especially Jewish ones.

  10. stalepie13

    Why are these high definition? They should be among the lowest definition and fastest loading of any videos on YouTube/theInternet.

  11. BodaciousBurnley

    absolutely and utterly superb! I love it when I put off watching a TED talk because the title doesn’t immediately capture my interest, but then when I watch it I’m rapt the whole time.

    Very cool topic and great ending. A favorite of mine now.

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