Michael Gelb

Meet Michael J. Gelb

The world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovative leadership and executive coaching. His clients include DuPont, Emerson, Genentech, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and YPO.

Michael is a Senior Fellow at The Center for Humanistic Management and a member of the Leading People and Organizations Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Michael was also awarded a Batten Fellowship in Innovation from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, and he co-directed the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar there for more than 10 years. Michael was honored as “Brain Of the Year” (1999) by the Brain Trust Charity – other recipients include Steven Hawking, Garry Kasparov and Edward De Bono.

Michael is the author of 17 books including “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci,” “Discover Your Genius,” “Innovate Like Edison,” and “The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now.”

Michael’s books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than one million copies. His most recent release, co-authored with Prof. Raj Sisodia, is “The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World,” and his next book (September, 2020) is “Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career.”

Fun Facts

A professional juggler who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of “The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success.”

A passionate wine lover, Gelb is the originator of a unique and enjoyable approach to teambuilding as expressed in “Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.”

Michael trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), while completing his Masters degree. His thesis became his first book – “Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.”

A fifth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of “Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.”