Michael Gelb


One definition of Intelligence is the ability to face and successfully overcome the rapid -fire, second by second challenges which life and the planet hurl at you.
 
At the peak of the intelligent qualities which CEOs esteem and prize most highly in their teams is Creativity. A world of increasing complexity demands a new generation of leaders who make creativity the path forward for successful enterprises. Success requires fresh thinking and continuous innovation at all levels of any organization. Doing things the way that they have always been done is a fast track to extinction and obliteration in the ever-changing and shifting environment of the 21st century. It is a landscape where yesterday's splendid new species can, literally, overnight, become tomorrow's dinosaur. And ,above all, the restless, churning mill of social media, the dominant instant communication and information conduit of our times, one minute your ally, the next your mortal enemy, throws a piercing searchlight into the formerly concealable nooks, crannies and hitherto darkly concealed deficiencies of all individuals, groups, businesses and corporate entities.

So, in this turbulent arena, how do individuals and corporate entities learn the skills of creative thinking and develop an innovative mindset?

The Gifted Academy, under the Creativity and Innovation guidance of Michael Gelb, provides practical answers. Michael leverages his unique intellectual capital and decades of high-level facilitation experience to help you develop and align your team and promote a culture of innovation. Praised by clients as a “One-person World-Class Leadership Development University,” the Gifted Academy, through Michael and the faculty team, can help you achieve your most important business goals.

His most popular program on Creativity and Innovation is entitled:  Create like da Vinci, Innovate like Edison
This dynamic, highly-interactive program begins by bringing 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." The principles are then applied in action to teach participants immediately applicable skills for thinking creatively. Leonardo invented the parachute before anyone could fly! Imagine what your organization will accomplish with that kind of innovative thinking.

Leonardo was probably the most diverse, universal and creative person who ever lived and Thomas Edison is history's greatest practical innovator. Beyond his invention of the phonograph, motion pictures and a system to light the world, 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. This program introduces Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™. Each competency will be brought to life with specific, practical “take-home” applications.
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 "Michael Gelb is an authentic source of practical wisdom for those who seek to develop their creative powers." Murray Gell-Mann (Nobel Prize winner for Physics)