Original, compelling and practical…10 out-of 10!” ~YPO

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“Amazing! Awesome! Perfect! Just what we needed!”

~ Review of Gelb keynote by Exponential Medicine Conference founder and host Daniel Kraft M.D.

You don’t have to be a genius to learn how to think like one.
— Michael J. Gelb

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

What if you could call on history’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, to be your personal mentor in cultivating your ability to think creatively, learn faster and lead change?

  • Learn 7 characteristics of creative thinking.

  • Measurably improve memory and problem solving ability.
  • Apply the principles to generate greater creativity and innovation in the workplace.

This dynamic, highly-interactive program brings da Vinci’s genius to life through fascinating biographical and historical information, setting the stage for an introduction to seven principles for thinking “a la Leonardo.” Participants are then guided to apply the principles, through a proven series of practical exercises, to your organization’s greatest challenges.

The da Vinci principles are:

  • Curiosità – An insatiable quest for knowledge and continuous improvement
  • Dimostrazione – Learning from experience
  • Sensazione – Sharpening the senses
  • Sfumato – Managing ambiguity and change
  • Arte/Scienza – Whole-brain thinking
  • Corporalità – Body-mind fitness
  • Connessione – Systems thinking

Leonardo invented the parachute before anyone could fly! Imagine what your organization could accomplish with that kind of innovative thinking.

By capturing the very essence of Da Vinci’s life and genius – the seemingly perfect integration of mind, body, spirit and soul – Michael Gelb guides us in the discovery and understanding of the boundlessness of our own human potential. ~Deepak Chopra M.D.

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Business can help save the world and restore the American Dream.
— Michael J. Gelb

The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World

What if there was a company whose CEO said, “Let’s pay all our people as much as possible?” What if that same company showed up to help communities in distress before FEMA and the Red Cross when there was a disaster?

What if your company treated your spouse, your children, and even your pets, as stakeholders, and made it a priority to ensure that you can be present for them?

What if there was a company that not only reduced its environmental footprint to zero, but actually made a net positive contribution to their ecosystem?

And what if these businesses, who prioritize the welfare of all their stakeholders, who help heal their employees, customers and communities, are more profitable and prosperous than their industry peers?

Such businesses, and many others like them, do exist, and in this inspiring, unforgettable keynote Michael will explain how your business can become a place of healing for employees and their families, a source of healing for customers, communities and ecosystems, and a force for healing in society, helping alleviate cultural, economic and political divides.

Michael Gelb is a genius! He is the greatest speaker I’ve ever seen and his message is profoundly transformational. ~Raj Sisodia, Ph.D. Professor of Global Business at Babson College, co-author of The Healing Organization

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Edison is to Innovation what Leonardo is to Creativity.
— Michael J. Gelb

Innovate Like Edison

The 5-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success

Leonardo was probably the most creative person who ever lived but Thomas Edison is history’s greatest practical innovator. Beyond his invention of the phonograph, motion pictures and a system to light the world, Edison invented the rigorous, disciplined process of innovation.

  • Learn the 5 essential competencies of innovation
  • Apply Edison’s strategies for setting and achieving goals
  • Develop “Innovation Literacy” to drive innovation

Edison understood that personal success and organizational innovation go hand-in-hand. Personal success requires you to learn how to think like an innovator; and, for your organization to be successful, innovation is now more important than ever.

This program introduces Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™. They are:

  • Solution‐Centered Mindset
  • Kaleidoscopic Thinking
  • Full‐Spectrum Engagement
  • Master Mind Collaboration
  • Super‐Value Creation

Each competency will be brought to life with specific, practical “take‐home” applications.

Electrifying! Gelb transmits the amazing energy and creative power behind Edison’s world-changing innovations. ~Tony Buzan, creator of Mind Mapping

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Creative energy is our greatest untapped resource.
— Michael J. Gelb

Creativity On Demand

How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

The best thinking on leadership and organizational performance has shifted away from the idea of managing time to recognize the importance of managing energy. Creative energy is our greatest untapped resource. How can we access it ourselves and inspire it in others?

  • Learn the 10 elements of a creative mindset
  • Understand the 5 phases of the creative process
  • Discover 3 practical methods to raise creative energy

Throughout history geniuses such as Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, etc. had an intuitive understanding of how to access and apply creative energy.

This program guides participants to generate and express creative energy using simple, elegant, evidence‐based methods. These techniques, based on ancient wisdom and validated by contemporary science, are combined with an understanding of how to adopt a creative mindset and apply the most potent methods of the creative process.

A highly original mixture of inspiration and executive coaching that will help you claim the creativity that is your birthright. ~Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo and Triggers

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Your brain is designed to improve with use.
— Michael J. Gelb

Brain Power

Improve Your Mind as You Age

In the last 30 years the scientific evidence supporting the notion that your mind can improve through the years has become overwhelming. Clearly, the question is no longer whether your mind can improve with age, but rather how you can optimize your mental powers as you get older.

  • Learn and apply the research-validated practices that prevent dementia
  • Strengthen memory and transform your attitude towards ageing
  • Develop an immediately applicable, practical strategy to improve performance with age

This program presents practical, evidence-based information on improving your mind throughout life.

Topics include:

  • How to Improve Your Memory and Learning Ability
  • Exercise for More Brain Power: The Most Beneficial Activities
  • 7 Simple Elements of a Brain-Friendly Diet
  • Create a Brain-Enhancing Environment
  • Investing in Your Social Wealth: Cultivate Healthy Relationships
  • Sleep, Naps and Meditation:  Rest Peacefully to Delay Resting in Peace

A blueprint to optimize your brain and improve the rest of your life. ~Daniel Amen, M.D., author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

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The most important creative habit is to be open
to the non-habitual, to invite surprise, wonder
and playful exploration.

— Michael J. Gelb

Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s 10 Most Revolutionary Minds

In this compelling, multi-media presentation you will have the opportunity to get to know ten of the most amazing people who have ever lived. Each of these extraordinary individuals embodies a special “Genius” characteristic that you will be invited to integrate into your daily life and apply to your most important organizational challenges.

  • Expand your mind by contemplating the history of ideas
  • Awaken your creativity as you explore the nature of genius
  • Learn to apply genius thinking in your organization, now

The full Genius Dream Team includes:

  • Plato: Deepening your love of wisdom
  • Filippo Brunelleschi : Expanding your perspective
  • Christopher Columbus : Going perpendicular: Strengthening your optimism, vision and courage
  • Nicholas Copernicus : Re-organizing your vision of the world
  • Queen Elizabeth I : Wielding your power with balance and effectiveness
  • William Shakespeare : Cultivating your emotional intelligence
  • Thomas Jefferson : Celebrating your freedom in the pursuit of happiness
  • Charles Darwin : Developing your power of observation and cultivating an open mind
  • Mahatma Gandhi : Applying the principles of spiritual genius to harmonize spirit, mind and body
  • Albert Einstein : Unleashing your imagination and combinatory play

This keynote is easily customized to focus on your most important concerns. A recent program for a global construction management group, for example, emphasized Brunelleschi, the world’s first design-builder; while a program for a computer sales force highlighted Columbus’ optimism and Shakespeare’s Emotional Intelligence.

Michael brings the wisdom of history’s greatest geniuses to life in an inspiring and unforgettable fashion. Best of all, he translates that wisdom into immediately useful, practical processes and tools. ~Christian Keller, Astra Zeneca

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Custom Programs

Michael applies his original thinking and creative powers to develop keynotes based on your needs.

For example, Michael was asked to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Annual Conference of the Conscious Capitalism Institute. The theme was The Emerging Role of Women as Conscious Leaders.  Michael was also asked to develop and present a keynote address.

Here are some highlights of what he created:

Michael has also presented this keynote to the Women’s International Networking Symposium in Rome to an audience of more than 1000 women and in many other venues around the world.

Thank you Michael! We had a very successful conference and it all started with your keynote on Monday morning! Thanks again for a home run! ~Andi Davison, Emerson Global Exchange

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