The Art of Connection

7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now
by Michael Gelb | New World Library © 2017 · 280 pages

Michael Gelb is one of the world’s leading creativity teachers. He’s also a qi gong and aikido master who wrote one of my favorite books: “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.” In this book, he teaches us the art of creating connection. Big Ideas we explore include how to optimize our ability to connect (practice with the little moments!), The Pygmalion Effect (aka the self-fulfilling prophecy), the importance of centering for conflict resolution, and how our addiction to digital devices (ADD) is leading to attention deficit disorder (ADD) which is leading to troubles in connecting and what to do about it.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie

“The art of connection—creating and maintaining genuine rapport with others—is the key to building relationships, resolving conflict, and making creative dreams come true.

This book is for you, if you:

  • Are an aspiring leader who wishes to cultivate the relationship-building skills necessary to translate creative visions into practical realities;
  • Would like to differentiate yourself from the growing tendency toward shallow and superficial communication;
  • Seek a stronger sense of connection and fulfillment in all your relationships;
  • Wish to discover, and to help others discover, a deeper sense of meaning, purpose, and connection.

When it comes to learning and developing this art, we all need all the help we can get!”

~ Michael Gelb from The Art of Connection

Michael Gelb is one of the world’s leading thinkers on applied creativity. He’s also a dear friend and mentor. And an aikido and qi gong master. (I do the simple qi gong practice he taught me every morning on Trail.)

This is our fourth Note on his books. We started with one of my favorite books ever: How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. And, we’ve covered more recent titles like Brain Power and Creativity on Demand.

In this book, we get to explore 7 skills for mastering the art of connection. (Get a copy here!)

I say we jump straight in!

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About the author


Michael Gelb

Creativity, Innovation, Leadership