About Michael 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, executive coaching and innovative leadership. Michael co-directed the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at the Darden Graduate School of Business for more than 10 years and also teaches for the London Business School, and is a Professor of Practice in Creativity and Innovation at Shiv Nadar University in India. Michael is the author of 15 books including How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Discover Your Genius, Innovate Like Edison, Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking, and his newest release 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. 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. In 2003 he received a Batten Fellowship in Innovation from The University of Virginia. He is also a gifted teacher of the Alexander Technique, a 5th degree black belt in aikido and is a professional juggler who has performed with the Rolling Stones.

Don’t (Re)Engage with the Humanities

(Unless you want creativity, innovation & a meaningful life) Michael J. Gelb - November 29, 2018, 10th Annual Global Peter Drucker Forum About ten years ago the magazine of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published an article entitled “What Can I Do With My Liberal Arts Degree?” The article begins by asking a question [...]

2018-11-28T14:23:35-04:00By |

Let Mona Lisa Help You Manage Change

Let Mona Lisa Help You Manage Change By Michael J. Gelb Utilizing Creativity to Manage Change I led my first 5-day management retreat for the International Field Service Leadership Team of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1979. The theme was “Utilizing creativity to deal with accelerating change.” DEC’s Field Service Team was ahead of the [...]

2017-11-27T12:28:42-04:00By |

“Why Create?”

  Today we take for granted the idea that creativity is a human attribute. The question "Why Create?" is predicated on the assumption that we have the option do so. But that assumption has only been around for about 500 years. Prior to the Renaissance, the notion of individual creativity didn’t exist, because the concept [...]

2018-11-22T15:22:03-04:00By |

Q&A about The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now

The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now has just been released! We will be posting links to some of my most recent interviews, but in the meantime here’s a compilation of some of the questions and answers thus far.    Q: You’re known as a thought leader in Creativity and Innovation, so [...]

2019-04-10T10:48:52-04:00By |

The Art of Connection

The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now The Art of Connection is a masterpiece! Gelb teaches the skills we all need to bridge the gap between the highest ideals of conscious business and the reality of its practice. In the process, he illuminates a soul-enlivening, transformational approach to deepening all [...]

2018-06-04T07:53:25-04:00By |

The Art of Comparative Appreciation

Thanks for subscribing - here's your free gift! A simple secret for bringing more wonder, awareness, and enjoyment to your life. Learning the art of comparative appreciation can help reinvigorate your senses, enhance your awareness and increase your pleasure in living. Leonardo da Vinci, the prototypical Renaissance man, believed that appreciating sensory delights was one [...]

2019-04-22T11:54:49-04:00By |

Curb Your Cynicism

Curb Your Cynicism Creative Inspirational Mindset Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. [...]

2017-07-26T01:01:43-04:00By |