"Michael Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. Through his New York metro-area based High Performance Learning Center, Michael Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as BP, Compaq, Dow Jones, DuPont and KPMG. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.
A retired professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael is the creator of the Juggling Metaphor Method and the author of More Balls Than Hands: Juggling Your Way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Training Magazine. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual and on numerous radio programs including live interviews with NPR and the BBC World Service. Michael has led executive education programs at George Mason University and the Wharton School, and was recently awarded a Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.
A passionate student of the Renaissance and the nature of genius, Michael book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, has been translated into 18 languages and appeared on the best-seller lists of the Washington Post, Amazon.com, and the New York Times. A third degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Michael is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.
Some experts say that less than 2% of the population can attain a genius level. However, Michael Gelb feels that everyone possesses enormous creative and intellectual potential. Michael feels that new techniques can be learned that could help everyone live sharper, more creative lives, and that studying the lives and minds of geniuses from the past is the key to unlocking these techniques."