Connecting with Influence

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Michael Gelb

Are your devices making it harder to actually connect face-to-face with others and build lasting relationships? Michael J. Gelb, author of The Art of Connection and pioneer in creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership, believes that there are clear, concrete, and authentic ways to connect and influence. In this CareerCast, Michael shares how to leverage the approach he takes in organizations like DuPont, Microsoft, and Nike, to expand your networks, opportunities, and power.

Aired November 17, 2017

Michael J. Gelb is the author of The Art of Connection and has pioneered the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon, and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is the coauthor of Brain Power and author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and several other bestsellers. His website is

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The Art of Connection

Read an excerpt from The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now by Michael Gelb

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