Michael Gelb

The World's Leading Authority on the Application of Genius Thinking to Personal and Organizational Development

Michael Gelb is a renowned speaker on creativity, innovation and the author of the international best-seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayInnovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand-niece of Thomas Edison and Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.

  • Michael Gelb`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Michael Gelb`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, USA

  • Michael Gelb`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Michael Gelb`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    New York, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Leaders Need Now!

When we embrace humility and curiosity, we release egotism and arrogance. We open to our own soul and in the process we are more open to others. People sense this and become more open to you. Leaders need this skill now, more than ever Recent research confirms that a ...

When we embrace humility and curiosity, we release egotism and arrogance. We open to our own soul and in the process we are more open to others. People sense this and become more open to you. Leaders need this skill now, more than ever

Recent research confirms that a sense of connectedness with others is the single greatest predictor of longevity, health and happiness. Connecting effectively is also the most important personal and business leadership skill.  It’s the key to building relationships, preventing and resolving conflict and getting others to ‘buy-in” to your ideas. This Dynamic, interactive program emphasizes immediately applicable take home improvement in the communication core competencies of listening, empathy, negotiation, and influence skills.

Objectives:

  • Discover a stronger sense of connection and rapport in your relationships.
  • Differentiate your self from the growing tendency toward shallow and superficial communication
  • Learn new strategies for promoting and selling ideas and projects and overcoming resistance to change.
  • Cultivate the emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills necessary to bring out the best in your self and others.

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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Thinking creatively, learning faster and leading change, these abilities are at a premium in a highly competitive global business environment. What if you could call on history’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, to be your personal ...

Thinking creatively, learning faster and leading change, these abilities are at a premium in a highly competitive global business environment. What if you could call on history’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, to be your personal mentor in cultivating these highly prized elements of human capital? Anatomist, architect, botanist, city planner, chef, humorist, engineer, equestrian, inventor, geographer, geologist, military scientist, musician, painter, philosopher and raconteur, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) helped bring the Western world out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Now his approach to optimizing human potential is more relevant than ever.

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;

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.

Participants will learn how to:

-Think creatively.
-Cultivate independent thinking.
-Improve learning ability with age.
-Find opportunity in uncertainty.
-Improve memory and problem solving.
-Balance mind and body to reduce stress.
-Nurture creativity and innovation in the workplace.

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Innovate Like Edison

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, Thomas Edison invented the...

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, 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 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. This program is readily adaptable to specific organizational challenges.

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Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

In recent years, the best thinking on leadership and organizational performance has shifted away from the idea of managing time to recognize the importance of managing energy. One of the pioneers of this shift, Professor James Clawson, of ...

In recent years, the best thinking on leadership and organizational performance has shifted away from the idea of managing time to recognize the importance of managing energy. One of the pioneers of this shift, Professor James Clawson, of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, explains, “Leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you.  He adds “Most managers want to know how to motivate others, when often the problem lies closer to home.”

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, authors of the New York Times best- seller The Power of Full Engagement, came to similar conclusions. They explain, “Leaders are stewards of organizational energy.” They emphasize:

•  “Positive energy rituals—highly specific routines for managing energy—are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.”

The sages of China came to these same conclusions five thousand years ago. Now we can apply this ancient wisdom to meeting the demand of our contemporary lives. Creative energy is our ultimate resource. Throughout history geniuses (Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, etc.) had an intuitive understanding of how to connect with this 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.  The result is a unique, energizing and transformational program. 

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About Keynote Speaker Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb is a renowned speaker on creativity, innovation and the author of the international best-seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayInnovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison and Wine Drinking for Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices. Michael Gelb is also the winner (along with Senator John Glenn) of the Brain Trust “Brain of the Year” Award for 1999. Previous winners include Gene Rodenberry, Stephen Hawking and Garry Kasparov.

Michael Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. In his captivating keynotes, Michael Gelb, an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant, expounds on the principles and practices described in his best-selling books to help you solve your most important business challenges. Michael Gelb teaches you to be more creative, cultivate a more innovative culture, manage change intelligently and craft your vision, mission, values and strategy…and make them real.

More About Michael Gelb . . . 
A professional speaker since 1978, Michael Gelb’s unique, creative approach makes his keynote presentations the highlight of every conference or event he attends. His custom workshops and seminars, organizational development and consulting projects, and team-building activities help organizations around the world, including British Petroleum, DuPont, IBM, Nike, Microsoft, and The Young Presidents Organization, achieve their key objectives.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on Creative Thinking and Accelerated Learning, Michael Gelb is also a 5th Degree Black Belt in Aikido. An expert juggler, who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building.

Testimonials

“Our organization hired Michael because of his novel approach and unique programs inspiring innovation, creativity and leadership. We designed a 3-year program that resulted in substantially and permanently changing the culture of our 300+ person department; from executives to union employees. There were measurable, significant increases in employee satisfaction, team effectiveness and communications. Michael’s programs are for business executives/leaders who truly want to leverage the creative and innovative talent in their department, division or company to improve productivity and employee retention.”

Liz Faison

Project Director, Merck

“Another successful conference for TMA Resources – and we couldn’t have done it without you! From start to finish, working with you has been such a pleasure – and to have two fabulous keynote speeches in a row is a conference planner’s dream. Even better when they are delivered by the same person and to such acclaim! Both speeches were so different, but both were of such high caliber and energy that you captured the imagination of our conference attendees to once again achieve the highest rating of any of our plenary sessions… Thank you for everything that you have done for TMA Resources, our customers and our employees.”

Bridget Ann Serchak

Senior Marketing Communications Strategist, TMA Resources

“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.”

Jim Karkanias

Senior Director (Partner), Microsoft

Michael Gelb’s coaching, training, and consulting were profoundly helpful in forging high performance teams in two very different organizations. First at C & P Telephone where we collaborated to transform the monopolistic heritage of the Bell System into a competitive, contemporary communications company, and then at NPR where we focused on developing a more entrepreneurial culture and creating a more diverse workforce while lobbying Congress to continue it’s support for public radio. In both of these assignments, I was impressed with Michael’s ability to understand our business challenges and to tailor his techniques and methods to help us solve our most important problems.

Delano Lewis

Former President & CEO C&P Telephone, National Public Radio, US Ambassador to South Africa

No one else on the planet has had the impact on me that Michael and his coaching have.

Tom Jenkins

PhD Director Learning Resources DuPont

Michael offers a unique combination of practical business savvy, original intellectual capital, and inspiring creative teaching skill.  I highly recommend him as an executive coach and leadership development resource.

Sarah A. Murray

SPHR Director, Human Resources, Hunter Roberts Construction Group

The best keynote we’ve ever had at Emerson Exchange.

Bruce Johnson

Emerson Conference Manager

You rocked it! Beyond a 10! Fantastic program.

Education Chair WPO (YPO-Gold) Houston

 

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Jan 18, 2016

Let Mona Lisa Help You Manage Change

By Michael Gelb I led my first 5-day management retreat for the International Field Service Leadership Team of Digital Equipment...

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