Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche and YPO. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. Michael Gelb is the author of 14 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day" (1998). It has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon, and the New York Times best seller lists. In 2007 Gelb released "Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success," co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison. As Professor Vijay Govindarajan, author of "Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators" noted, “This book is a must have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into profitable reality.” Gelb also wrote "Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age" and Creativity On Demand: Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius."
In '99, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees included Prof. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship by U of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. From '08-'12, Michael Gelb served as Director of Creativity & Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute.
A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of "The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success." A fifth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of "Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind." Michael Gelb is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), and the author of the classic work: "Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique." Michael’s 1988 release "Present Yourself! Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills" guides readers to develop the communication strategies they need to generate support for their innovative ideas.
Michael has also created many best selling audio programs: Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius, Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career and The Spirit of Leonardo. Michael’s passion for applying genius thinking to personal & organizational development is also expressed in his '02 book, "Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds." Another book (2010), "Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices," offers a unique, original & very enjoyable approach to team building.
- How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
- Innovate Like Edison: The 5-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success
- Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius
- Executive Presence & High Performance Presentations
- Mastering Strategic Thinking
- Aikido in Action: Creative Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
- Juggling in Business & Life: Five Keys to High Performance
- Facilitation of Ideation & Creative Problem-Solving
- Executive & Personal Coaching (consulting/coaching)
- Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking
Creativity, Leadership, Management, Success, Business, Celebrity, Presentations
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"We are at least twice as productive as before. We plan, document and communicate with greater efficiency. Our organization’s productivity improvement has been phenomenal." - DuPont
"Michael is an astounding individual whose skills span a surprising and wide array of disciplines. I first met Michael during his initial work when he reverse engineered da Vinci to understand the dynamics of innovation present in that genius – and of course he has since amplified his work to understand Edison. All journeys of innovation must begin with – and include throughout – the skills and principles that Michael espouses. I can think of no one better qualified than him to help advise us in this space." - Microsoft