The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now

“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 our relationships. An absolute must-read for aspiring conscious leaders.”

― Raj Sisodia, FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College and coauthor of Conscious Capitalism


 Conjungere ad solvendum

Conjungere ad solvendum is Latin for Connect before solving.  I’ve made up this motto because through teaching and facilitating innovative thinking for decades I’ve discovered that the most powerful catalyst for inspiring creative breakthroughs, and for translating those breakthroughs into sustainable innovations, is to guide people to connect with one another first, before trying to solve a problem.   When people connect, when they are simpatico, on the same wavelength, attuned, in rapport, they are much better at generating, and implementing, new ideas.

When people really listen, when they are fully present with one another, It is, as pioneering psychotherapist Carl Rogers (1902-1987) describes, astonishing how elements which seem insoluble become soluble…”  Rogers adds that when genuine connection happens,  “confusions which seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams…”

This isn’t just true in therapy. Connection facilitates creativity in all domains.   When people truly listen to one another something reliably magical happens: seemingly irremediable confusions do become clear flowing streams.  This is true in a marriage, a friendship or in a professional collaboration.

Upcoming Public Programs

September 29 – October 01 – Omega Institute

  • The Art of Connection – 7 Relationship-Building Skills for Leaders Today


December 27 – Jan 1

  • Annual Alexander Technique Retreat in Malibu


January 5-7, 2018

  • I recently returned from a wonderful weekend at Esalen Institute teaching How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. I will be back at Esalen on January 5-7, 2018 to lead a weekend program on The Art of Connection.