Michael J. Gelb

Michael J. Gelb

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 15 books on creativity and innovation including the
international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps
to Genius Every Day. (1998) How to Think Like Leonardo 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.”
In 1999, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees include Prof.
Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a
Batten Fellowship by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs
the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. From 2008 to 2012,
Michael Gelb also served as the Director of Creativity and 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, including: 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 and organizational development is also
expressed in his Harper Collins release (2002) Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like History’s Ten
Most Revolutionary Minds.
Published in 2010, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, offers a
unique, original and very enjoyable approach to team building.
In 2012, Michael released Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age and in 2014, Creativity On
Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius.
His newest book (September 2017) is The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every
Leader Needs Now.

Books by Michael J. Gelb