Michael J. Gelb
New York Times Best Selling Author

Featured Book Titles

The Healing Organization:

Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World

Imagine a world in which business makes human flourishing its first priority.

The authors state: This isn’t a book about corporate social responsibility or why it’s nice to have a wellness program, and it isn’t about checking a few boxes on environmental stewardship or finding more humane tactics to squeeze out more profit; rather, it’s about a mind-blowing, heart-opening, world-changing rethinking of business.

Based on extensive in-depth interviews and inspiring case studies the authors show how companies are innovating to meet the real needs of their employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders. The companies profiled here represent a diverse sampling of industries and geographies, but they all have significant elements in common besides being profitable enterprises: their employees love coming to work, they have passionately loyal customers, they make a significant positive difference to the thriving communities they serve while preserving and restoring the ecosystems in which they operate.

Gelb and Sisodia present the case that this is a movement whose time has come, in a world that urgently needs healing on many levels. And, they show how it can be done, how it is being done, and how you can begin to do it.

I am the luckiest guy in the world. The Healing Organization is going to be a classic … from the moment it’s released. I’ll further guarantee … that this book will appear on all-time “best business books” lists within a few years. It is an extraordinary book, and I get to write the Foreword—hence, my name will be directly associated with this masterpiece. This book constitutes no less than a magnificent contribution to the life-and-death process of re-imagining organizations and society itself. The Healing Organization is indeed audacious. But the facts are here. The cases are here. And, God knows, the need is here. 

-From the Foreword by Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence and The Excellence Dividend

The Art of Connection:

7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now

These days, many of us find it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in favor of technological shortcuts. Why take the trouble to meet someone in person when we can simply send an email or a text? The meaningful relationships that come from real interaction are the basis of success. The Art of Connection offers readers seven methods of developing better rapport in their professional and personal lives. Each chapter covers a specific technique and then illustrates it with memorable stories, relevant scientific research, and hands-on exercises that allow readers to apply their new skills. Most importantly, developing rapport with others is not just a business tool to enhance productivity but a valuable end in itself. By truly connecting with others, we broaden our own humanity as well as connect with a deeper part of ourselves.
A compelling, inspiring and practical guide to building better relationships. Essential reading for leaders at all levels.
~ Jon Miller, Former CEO of AOL and Chief Digital Officer of Newscorp

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci:

Seven Steps to Genius Everyday

The self-help book that Leonardo never wrote, it offers a revolutionary approach to learning and creativity. Drawing on Leonardo’s notebooks, inventions and legendary works of art, this book introduces seven principles for thinking like history’s greatest genius. From the notebook’s celebration of an insatiably curious approach to life (curiositá) to the willingness to embrace uncertainty and paradox (sfumato) embodied in Mona Lisa’s smile, these principles will seem at once intuitively familiar and surprisingly powerful. Offering an abundance of interactive, entertaining exercises to help you master each principle, you’ll learn how to apply then at work, home, and everywhere else!
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci has been translated into 24 languages and has sold more than 600,000 copies worldwide. It has appeared on the best-seller lists of the Washington Post and NY Times and was #1 on Amazon.com when first released in September of 1998. It was also featured in the movie “The Italian Job”.
A brilliant practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability…get this book and stick with it.
~ Ted Hughes, former Poet Laureate of Great Britain

The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook & Notebook

Your personal companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, this is two books in one: a Workbook and a Notebook. Your da Vincian workbook will guide you through structured practices for thinking like Leonardo, your notebook is for your free-form observations, notes, poems, and so on. The Notebook cover is a reproduction of Leonardo’s only self-portrait. If you turn the Notebook around and upside down you’ll be looking at the cover of your da Vincian Workbook, and you’ll see the Mona Lisa smiling at you. At the midpoint between the two books you’ll find Dr. Lillian Schwartz’s brilliant computer-graphic comparison of Leonardo’s self-portrait and the Mona Lisa. This comparison offers a fascinating glimpse into Leonardo’s genius!
Your da Vincian workbook guides you, step-by-step, through many of the exercises in How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and introduces some new da Vincian explorations as well. It also includes a mini-cookbook- with sensational recipes for further enriching your experience of the third da Vincian principle: Sensazione.
You can strengthen your application of all the da Vincian principles by working with this notebook. Busy lives and job responsibilities tend to drive us toward hard conclusions and measurable results, but the exploratory, free-flowing, unfinished, non-judgmental practice of keeping a da Vincian notebook encourages freedom of thought and expansion of perspective.

Innovate Like Edison:

The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success

Co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison, this book offers practical insights into the method of America’s supreme inventor.
Although Leonardo was probably the most creative person who ever lived, Thomas Edison is history’s greatest practical innovator. Beyond his invention of the phonograph, motion pictures and a system to light the world, Thomas Edison invented the rigorous, disciplined process of innovation.
In addition to creating the world’s first Industrial Research and Development laboratory, Edison was also a master at promoting a culture of innovation. Moreover, he understood that the principles of personal success and organizational innovation go hand-in-hand. Personal success and fulfillment 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 book is a must have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into profitable reality.
~Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators

Creativity On Demand:

How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

Do moments of inspiration have to be few and far between—or can you develop the ability to access your deepest creativity any time? Michael Gelb has discovered the missing key that allows genius to flourish: an open, reliable connection to the vital life energy we all possess. “The practices for accessing energy have been developed for thousands of years in yoga, martial arts, and Chinese medicine,” Gelb says. “I’ve asked today’s greatest living masters of these arts to contribute their most effective practices for cultivating creative energy—in a way that the average person can do in 20 minutes or less.”
With Creativity On Demand, Gelb teaches a series of simple and potent practices to clear blockages and open the flow of creative energy. He then reveals how these techniques can be integrated with the renowned creative mindset and creative process tools he’s taught to individuals and organizations worldwide. The result is Michael Gelb’s most powerful work yet on unlocking our potential to innovate and achieve.
This book is both inspirational and eminently pragmatic..In addition to opening your creative side, the exercises in the book can help offset the exhaustion and fatigue of modern life…tools, exercises, stories and quotations are woven into a masterwork that can enliven your life and uplift your energy!
~Robert Sheeler, M.D.  Medical Editor, Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Discover Your Genius:

How to Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds

Imagine applying the “emotional intelligence” of Shakespeare to improving your self-knowledge and interpersonal relationships, or utilizing the creative strategies of Einstein in solving your most pressing professional challenges. Michael Gelb offers insights into history, art, architecture, philosophy, music, biology, physics, politics and poetry in harmony with a profound and delightful program of personal development. In Discover Your Genius Gelb brings to life a “Dream Team” of ten great minds. Each represents a particular “genius quality” that you are invited to integrate into your personal and professional life. The book includes ten original water-color portraits of the geniuses by the artist Norma Miller.
Michael Gelb brings to life a “dream team” of history’s most extraordinary, inspiring minds. Captivating, playful and profound, this book will guide you to the fulfillment of your own dreams for a richer more beautiful life.
~ Debbie Ford, best-selling author of The Secret of the Shadow

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.
This book presents practical, evidence-based information to help you answer this question.
This book offers an excellent collection of tools to improve your mind and life. I hope everyone will read this wonderful resource, which can help us all to not just survive but thrive.
~Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and A Book of Miracles

Body Learning:

An Introduction to the Alexander Technique

This classic work, first published in 1981 in London, answers in simple terms the question “What is the Alexander Technique and how can it help me?” The book includes a reader-friendly introduction to the seven “operational ideas” of the Alexander Technique and emphasizes the usefulness of Alexander’s approach in easing the path of lifelong learning.
This book is to be welcomed. It shows the best way of returning to better and more healthy use of our “equipment-for-motion.” Mr. Gelb seems to me uniquely qualified to speak with authority.
~ N. Tinbergen, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology

Present Yourself!:

Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills

Learn the techniques and relevant skills of dynamic, successful presenters. Whether you’re going to speak to 5 or 500, this complete resource provides useful, cutting-edge information you can’t be without. Learn what you can do to be a presenter who is a dynamic part of the message, how to transform fear, know and “read” your audience, set the stage, make them remember, and much more. Used successfully by educators, business executives, professionals, trainers — a standard work in its field.
In Present Yourself! Michael Gelb applies his profound understanding of the human brain to the subject of presentation skills. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the art of communication.
~Peter Russell, author of The Brain Book

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