No matter what your line of work, just the right tool can make a big difference in how you perform. For most conductors, that tool is the baton:
The baton is a "living thing, charged with a kind of electricity," Leonard Bernstein once said, "which makes it an instrument of meaning in its tiniest movement."
Read more about conductors and their intimate relationships with their batons in this article.
Warning to the grammatically sensitive: In the course of this article one esteemed conductor uses the word "architect" as a verb. Just so you know.
Makes me think of Harry Potter...how the wand picks you.