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

Tucson Festival of Books

University of Arizona Campus • March 10 – 11, 2018 • 9:30am to 5:30pm

Scheduled events:
The Art of Connection
  • Michael J. Gelb, author of 14 books including the international bestseller “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: 7 Steps to Genius Every Day,” will discuss the seven relationship building skills every leader needs to succeed.
    Arizona Daily Star Tent
    Sat, Mar 10, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)
Seeing What Matters: Perception, Creativity and Leonardo da Vinci
  • Michael J. Gelb, the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, presents with Amy Herman, lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation. They will join forces to discuss how to better harness our perception skills to lead our lives and do our jobs more effectively using the work of Leonardo da Vinci and creativity in general, as innovative guidelines.
    Arizona Daily Star Tent
    Sat, Mar 10, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)
Innovative Landscapes in Business and Medicine
  • Innovation, creativity and genius contribute to advancements in all sectors of society. Glean insights into today’s innovative visions in business and medicine and how they are becoming reality. Assistive listening devices available.
    Koffler Room 218
    Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Koffler Patio (following presentation)

New York Open Center

Qigong Secrets for Vitality and Creativity

Robert Peng & Michael Gelb

Contemporary science is now validating the profound benefits of the ancient Chinese practice of qigong. In this workshop, qigong master Robert Peng and creativity expert Michael Gelb team up to teach us how to increase our vitality and creative energy to empower every aspect of our lives.

The day will end with a group healing session, followed by a book signing.

A One-Day Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Members $130/ Nonmembers $150

Conscious Capitalism Conference

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:30 PM – Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM (CDT)
Dallas, TX

Join me and a variety of conscious business leaders who will spark your drive to use capitalism as a force for good. CC2018 includes high potency keynotes, learning with and from the community with visits to exemplary local businesses, multiple tracks of hands on learning, offsite academies and rich opportunities to connect with peers.

The Omega Institute

Super Qi Weekend: Practices for Healing, Happiness & Creativity

Aug 10 – Aug 12 2018 Rhinebeck, NY

Practice qigong with three modern masters who have more than 100 combined years of experience in the study and practice of vital energy: Michael J. Gelb, Robert Peng, Ken Cohen

The Omega Institute

Uncork Your Creative Juices: Appreciating Wine, Music, Chocolate & Poetry

Sep 21 – Sep 23 2018 Rhinebeck, NY

Come explore the art of appreciation as you increase creativity and happiness through sensory delights! This enhanced experience of wonder and awareness puts more dolce in your vita, more joie in your vivre, and more creativity in your everyday life.




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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.