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



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.

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Upcoming Public Programs

Annual Alexander Technique Retreat

December 27, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018 in Malibu, CA

The Alexander Technique offers a clear look into the principles of human movement which will guide you to a dynamic, kinesthetic lightness. Your thinking will become clearer, your feelings balanced, your sensations livelier, and your movement more pleasurable. And everything you do will become easier and more balanced…

1440 Multiversity

January 1 – 5, 2018 in Scotts Valley, CA (near Santa Cruz)

How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

You will take away endless inspiration and immediately applicable tools to generate more ideas in less time and make greater connections between ideas. Anyone wishing to maximize their creative potential is welcome.

Esalen Institute

January 5 – 7, 2018 in Big Sur, CA

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.


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About the Author:

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.