Are you an aspiring healing leader who dreams of making a better world through a more creative, conscious approach to business?
I will help you define, prioritize and achieve the results that are most important to you and your organization.
Depending on what you need, I move fluidly between listening and facilitating, consulting and advising, and mentoring and teaching. Sometimes we focus on a particular performance challenge like preparing for a major presentation or sales opportunity. Other times we may be working together on elevating your competency in a key leadership skills development area like empathic listening or innovative thinking, but whatever the specific focus, I’m committed to help you achieve your most important goals in a way that leads you to experience greater effectiveness, fulfillment and freedom in all aspects of your life.
We will set clear intentions for the work and be open to spontaneity. And, although we deal with your greatest challenges - I will caringly confront you and insist on accountability - you’ll find that the process is enlivening, illuminating and often, fun.
I work with many different types of leaders, from a wide range of industries, including:
I believe that business is the most powerful force for addressing the big challenges of our time. I’m especially keen to help aspiring conscious leaders. If you dream of promoting human flourishing while generating exceptional financial returns then let’s get started!
Michael J. Gelb, Executive Leadership Coach
Heath Dieckert, Founder: The Dieckert Group
"Michael is guiding us on our journey to become a conscious company and a healing organization. He helped us define our higher purpose and clarify our values and has developed training programs and provided executive coaching to support the implementation of our strategy. As a firm, we are growing faster and are more aligned, energized, productive, and profitable as a result of our work with him."
-Chris Hillmann, Founder/CEO Hillmann Consulting
"I've had the privilege of working with Michael Gelb as my coach for more than 2 years. I appreciate his exceptional range in creating a container for my growth, listening empathically and then asking provocative questions to identify gaps in my leadership abilities, while guiding me toward opportunities to evolve. In addition to offering direct, actionable "feed-forward" on areas for reflection and improvement, he also provides me with incisive and wise tactical suggestions on practical business issues and complex relational dynamics. Michael is my trusted advisor for life and leadership questions. I recommend him enthusiastically to anyone looking to elevate emotional intelligence, communication skills, strategic thinking and conscious, creative leadership abilities."
- Derek Lundsten, CEO LifeGuides
"We engaged Michael to work with our senior leadership team as a coach and facilitator to guide their alignment during a time of unprecedented change and challenge. He managed to stay attuned to our changing needs, serving as a consistent source of inspiration and optimism. Michael Gelb is an invaluable resource for any organization that is serious about developing and sustaining a culture of innovation."
~Emily Hickey, PhD, DVM, Merck Rahway Laboratory
"Michael Gelb’s executive coaching, leadership training, and consulting were profoundly helpful in forging high performance teams in two very different organizations. I was impressed with Michael’s ability to understand our business challenges and to tailor his techniques and methods to help us solve our most important problems."
~ Delano Lewis, Former President & CEO C&P Telephone, National Public Radio, US Ambassador to South Africa
"Michael Gelb worked with our team for many years. His executive coaching was a key element in the achievement of our business success."
~Ed Bassett, former CEO DuPont Capital Management
"From our first conversation, I knew that you would be a person that I could trust to share my thoughts and feelings. You did an amazing job of reflecting my own thoughts back to me in a way that allowed me to contemplate and make adjustments in small ways. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of meditation, mind mapping, and journaling, I am already using them regularly and they have become part of who I am.
You helped me to discover the beauty and feeling of coaching, in the same way that someone can discover a new food or fine wine after thinking they have seen and tasted it all. You helped me to discover the importance of understanding how to approach my feelings and be present with them. Your positive influence has already changed my life in meaningful and lasting ways.
Thank you again for a wonderful and fulfilling coaching experience, I look forward to working with you more in the future."
~Grady Dieckert, Executive Leadership Coach, The Dieckert Group
Michael J. Gelb is the author of the global bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and 16 other books on creativity, innovation and leadership, that together have sold more than one million copies and have been translated into 25 languages. Executives, presidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners find that it’s not as lonely at the top when they can rely on Michael’s wisdom, support and creative insight.
Michael is a pioneer and thought leader in the field of Executive Leadership Coaching, and is a member of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 COACHES. He has been the featured keynote speaker at the annual conferences of the International Coach Federation, the European Coach Federation, and The European Mentoring and Coaching Council and has led workshops for many leading coach training organizations. Dr. Marcia Reynolds, president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations praises Michael as "The premier voice on creativity for the coaching world."
Michael works with a limited number of coaching clients. If you’d like to be one of them, please contact Michael to arrange a complimentary session to explore the possibility of working together.
You have a unique opportunity to take a Deep Dive into the application of my books to your greatest personal and organizational challenges. If you wish, your coaching experience can focus on the development of a competency or ability based on one or more of the books, for example:
Michael J. Gelb has generated an outstanding wellspring for creative thinking and practical problem-solving. A highly original mixture of inspiration and executive coaching! Gelb will help you claim the creativity that is your birthright. And you’ll be thrilled with the results!
~ Marshall Goldsmith a Thinkers 50 Top Ten Global Business Thinker and top ranked executive coach.
I cherish Michael’s insight, wisdom and brilliance. Over the last two decades, his unique, creative perspective and generous, empathic nature have helped me expand my world view and deepen my learning. More than an executive coach, Michael is a transformational catalyst, who consistently brings out the best in individuals and organizations.
~ Marcia Wieder, Founder & CEO, Dream University®
Michael Gelb has devoted a lifetime to facilitating creativity in people and organizations. Whether your own interest is in cultivating the creative potential of other people or connecting more deeply with your personal talents and possibilities, he offers not only the inspiration, but also thepractical guidance to help you make it happen.
~ Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.
I lead strategic planning retreats and creative problem-solving programs for teams of senior executives around the world. In these sessions clients are guided to craft Vision, Mission and Value Statements and clarify the goals and objectives for their organizations.
I often ask my clients if they’ve taken the time to do similar exercises for themselves personally and they usually answer that they are too busy with their many responsibilities.
The Renaissance Day is your personal creative, strategic planning retreat.
The Renaissance Day is for you if you want support in:
You’ll return home revitalized, inspired and confident, ready for the best year of your life.
Please see The Renaissance Day Frequently Asked Questions for more information.