Meet Michael J. Gelb
The world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovative leadership and executive coaching. His clients include DuPont, Emerson, Genentech, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and YPO.
Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship in Innovation from the University Of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, and he co-directed the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar there for more than 10 years, and has taught at the London Business School. He was recently invited to be a Senior Fellow at The Center for Humanistic Management and a member of the Leading People and Organizations Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. He was honored as “Brain Of the Year” (1999) by the Brain Trust Charity – other recipients include Steven Hawking, Garry Kasparov and Edward De Bono.
Michael is the author of 17 books including How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Discover Your Genius, Innovate Like Edison, and The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now.
Michael’s books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than one million copies. His most recent release, co-authored with Raj Sisodia, is The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World, and his next book (September 2020) is Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Overcome Fear and Supercharge Your Career.
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A professional juggler who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success.
A fifth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.
A passionate wine lover, Gelb is the originator of a unique and enjoyable approach to teambuilding as expressed in Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.
Michael trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), while completing his Masters degree. His thesis became his first book – Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.
Michael Gelb applies his genius to help you discover yours!
-Tony Buzan, creator of Mind Mapping
Dean of The Tony Buzan Academy
Michael J. Gelb was named Dean of the International Tony Buzan Academy on July 18, 2019. Academy Chairman and President GrandMaster Raymond Keene presided over the ceremony in London.
“As Tony Buzan’s most accomplished student and as an original thought leader in his own right, we are thrilled and delighted that Michael Gelb has accepted this position. Michael Gelb’s substantive contributions to the evolution of mental literacy and his exceptional charisma and effectiveness as a teacher make him the ideal person to play this important role in spreading and enhancing Tony’s legacy." - Raymond Keene
Brain of the Year
In 1999, Michael was honored as “Brain Of the Year” by the Brain Trust Charity. Other recipients include Steven Hawking, Garry Kasparov and Edward De Bono.
Introduces MIND MAPPING to USA
Michael Gelb became the first person to earn the title of Master Teacher of the work of Tony Buzan in 1982. Michael introduced MIND MAPPING to the United States that same year through his popular High Performance Learning Seminars.. Together, Gelb & Buzan also created the Mind & Body Seminar, teaching in tandem around the world over the decades with faculty including Grand Master Raymond Keene, Conductor Benjamin Zander, and former British Poet-laureate Ted Hughes.