These days, it’s often easier to avoid face-to-face contact in favor of technological shortcuts. But as Michael Gelb argues in this compelling, entertaining book, the meaningful relationships that come from real interaction are the key to creating innovative ideas and solving our most intractable problems. In The Art of Connection, Gelb offers readers seven methods of developing this essential rapport in their professional and personal lives. Each chapter covers specific techniques and illustrates them with memorable stories, relevant scientific research, and hands-on exercises that allow readers to apply their new skills. Most important, Gelb reminds us that developing rapport with others is not just a business tool to enhance productivity but a valuable end in itself. He guides us to cultivate the skills we all need to deepen our relationships, broaden our humanity, and transform our lives.
“I love Michael Gelb’s wonderful new book. It is filled with simple yet profound practices that support us in cultivating deep relationships at work and in our personal lives — the secret to a life of meaning and joy.” — Eileen Fisher, founder and chairwoman of EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
“A masterpiece! Gelb teaches the skills we all need to bridge the gap between the highest ideals of conscious business and the reality of its practice. In the process, he illuminates a soul-enlivening, transformational approach to deepening all our relationships. An absolute must-read for aspiring conscious leaders.” — Raj Sisodia, coauthor of Conscious Capitalism and FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business at Babson College
“Michael Gelb is the premier voice on creativity for the coaching profession. And, as he explains in this fabulous new book, the most powerful catalyst for inspiring creative breakthroughs and translating those breakthroughs into sustainable innovations is to connect with other people first, before trying to solve a problem.” — Dr. Marcia Reynolds, past president of ICF Global Board and author of The Discomfort Zone
“Truly a brilliant book! I have continually witnessed the ways in which camaraderie and connection allow a workplace and its surrounding community to thrive. Communication is leadership. In The Art of Connection, Gelb brilliantly instructs us how to communicate in a compassionate and genuine manner in order to build relationships that allow us and those around us to flourish.” — Kip Tindell, former CEO and co-chairman of The Container Store
“A compelling, inspiring, and practical guide to building better relationships. Essential reading for leaders at all levels.” — Jon Miller, former chairman and CEO of AOL and former CEO of News Corp Digital Media Group
“Leadership is all about developing a culture that supports collaboration, innovation, and high performance. The heart of what’s really required to make that happen is brought to life in this artful book. . . . If you lead any kind of team that aspires to greatness, you’ll want to be sure everyone reads The Art of Connection. Great stuff!” — Dennis Mannion, former president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Pistons
“Michael Gelb guides us to discover the surprising connections between our relationship skills and our happiness, health, and effectiveness, both professionally and personally. He illuminates the essential inner work we all must do if we want to thrive as conscious, compassionate leaders, but he manages to deal with these profound issues in a way that is fun, engaging, and, not surprisingly, creative!” — Karen Page, former chair of the Harvard Business School Alumnae Association, two-time winner of the James Beard Award, and author of The Flavor Bible and Kitchen Creativity
“An important book on an essential topic. I appreciate Gelb’s blend of storytelling, practical lessons, and cutting-edge science. Connection may be the most important skill for leaders, and for all humans, to embrace and cultivate.” — Marc Lesser, author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less
“By learning the seven life-changing skills shared in The Art of Connection, readers can begin to develop powerful habits that raise their core energy. The result? Positive, mutually supportive, and highly conscious relationships. A must-read for coaches and leaders at all levels, as well as for anyone who wants to take their personal connections with others to the next level.” — Bruce D. Schneider, founder of iPEC Coaching and author of Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core
“Michael Gelb is a genius at helping others discover and express their creative potential. Now, in this precious, profound book, he guides us to develop the skills of emotional, spiritual, and practical intelligence that we all need to translate creative ideas into action.” — Tony Buzan, originator of Mind Mapping
“Michael Gelb’s book will touch your heart as he illuminates your mind. He’s crafted a brilliant, entertaining guide for everyone who aspires to greater emotional intelligence.” — Hendrie Weisinger, PhD, author of New York Times Bestseller Performing Under Pressure