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Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius

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Do moments of inspiration have to be few and far between―or can you develop the ability to access your deepest creativity at any time? Michael Gelb has discovered the missing key that allows genius to an open, reliable connection to the vital life energy we all possess. “The practices for accessing energy have been developed for thousands of years in yoga, martial arts, and Chinese medicine,” Gelb says. “I’ve asked today’s greatest living masters of these arts to contribute their most effective practices for cultivating creative energy―in a way that the average person can do in 20 minutes or less.”

With Creativity On Demand , Gelb teaches a series of time-tested practices to clear blockages and open the flow of creative energy, then reveals how these techniques can be integrated with the renowned creative mindset and creative process tools he’s taught to individuals and organizations worldwide. Join him as he shares potent secrets

Mastering creative energy―discover qi, the “fire of genius,” and learn movement-based practices to amplify it
• Mastering creative mindset―how to break out of conventional thinking and fear-based limitations to unleash your potential
• Mastering the creative process―guidance to help you channel your creative energy, refine your ideas, and translate inspiration into reality
• Effective, easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for accessing the power of qi and creating a reservoir of creative energy you can rely on when you need it
“Creative energy is a resource that doesn’t get depleted when you use it,” teaches Michael Gelb. “Rather, the more you access it, the stronger it becomes. With an investment of less than half an hour a day, you’ll discover that within a few months you’ve significantly strengthened your core creative energy.” Here is Michael Gelb’s most powerful work yet on unlocking our potential to innovate, achieve, and access our Creativity on Demand.

256 pages, Paperback

First published September 1, 2014

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About the author

Michael J. Gelb

68 books164 followers
The world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, Michael J. Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovative leadership and executive coaching. His clients include DuPont, Emerson, Genentech, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft, Nike and YPO.

Michael is a Senior Fellow at The Center for Humanistic Management and a member of the Leading People and Organizations Advisory Board at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Michael was also awarded a Batten Fellowship in Innovation from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, and he co-directed the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar there for more than 10 years. Michael was honored as “Brain of the Year” (1999) by the Brain Trust Charity – other recipients include Steven Hawking, Garry Kasparov and Edward De Bono.

Michael is the author of 17 books including How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, Discover Your Genius, Innovate Like Edison, and The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now.

Michael’s books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold more than one million copies. Recent releases include The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World, co-authored with Prof. Raj Sisodia, and Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career.


Author, Speaker, Consultant, Juggler!

A professional juggler who performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success.

A passionate wine lover, Gelb is the originator of a unique and enjoyable approach to teambuilding as expressed in Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices.

Michael trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), while completing his Masters degree. His thesis became his first book – Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique.

A fifth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.

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Profile Image for Frank Calberg.
163 reviews40 followers
April 4, 2023
Takeaways from reading the book:

Have fun, play, move and learn:
- At the start of the book: Strengthen positive energy. Managing energy is the key to creativity. Every thought, feeling and action has an energy consequence. Positive energy rituals are the key to engagement and high performance.
- Page 82: People, whom we call geniuses, are those who have maintained their childlike charisma by continuing to cultivate their imagination, curiosity, passion, and playfulness as they grow up, and then channeled it all into their chosen discipline. When helping children grow, nurture playfulness / humor / laughter / wondering / spontaneity / creativity.
- Page 90: Bring more laughter into your life. For example, read / watch funny stories / jokes / videos.
- Pages 119 - 122: Learn continuously. Creative thinking can improve throughout life. Although some brain cells die as we age, we can generate new cells.
- Page 122: Follow people who think creatively.
- Page 127: Do exercise. Thereby, you allow your intuition to suggest solutions.

Define a problem:
- Page 127: Find a problem.
- Page 127: Find reasons for the problem.
- Page 127: Define a question.

Develop ideas:
- At the start of the book and on page 127: Develop a lot of ideas. Unlike many other resources that are depleted with use, creativity becomes stronger the more you use it.
- Page 97: Participate in creating your own logo.
- Page 122: Do creative exercises that train your ability to think creatively.
- Page 127: Avoid judging ideas you develop.

Choose the best ideas:
- Page 127: Analyze strengths and weaknesses of ideas.
- Page 127: Vote on the best ideas.

Try out the best ideas:
Page 127: Try out the best ideas by setting goals and making plans with concrete actions.
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249 reviews88 followers
November 3, 2015
Thought this was going to be an easy read, but it turned out that I needed to give it more time in order to do al the exercises. First of all: this isn't a manual on being creative, it's more like a book full of advice on how to use your own resources to explore your creative side and get the most of it.
Somehow, I felt like it was godsent because I was in the middle of a creative crossroads. I'm not the most spiritual of beings but I firmly believe that you have to work on your own mind and well being in order to write and create and the meditation guide that this book is, inspires you to try and reach out for new ways to see the world and approach any problem you have. You don't have to be a yogui, a meditation expert, all you need to do is make time for yourself, use it to really tune in with the elements around you and it will work. This is more of a manual of inner and external observation.
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Author 5 books19 followers
January 15, 2020
Very inspiring and insightful. The book provides valuable exercises for igniting the creative mind, plus some Qigong examples that probably only those, like me, who practice will find valuable. Loved to read it and I'm learning new ways of thinking.
Author 22 books6 followers
August 10, 2014
This exciting book is a godsend! Everyone on our ever more crowded planet must read this and pass it on to everyone they know!

This exciting book is a godsend! In our single generation, the planet's population has nearly quadrupled. Think of it -- it took all of human history to get to 2 billion people after WWII, and in just our lifetime since then, it has gone past 7 billion to 8 billion in coming years. No generation in the history of humanity has faced the change we've seen, and the change being demanded of us, and it will only accelerate. We will have to be the most creative generation in human history to handle the challenges of this new world. Michael J. Gelb's brilliant book on opening to our own creativity is a profound contribution to the world, arriving at a time when most needed by our reeling planet. Thank you Michael, for this wonderful contribution to our future. Everyone should read this, and urge everyone they know to as well. As our population grows we are all pressed closer together, and the creativity of others is as important to us as our own creativity is today.
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Author 3 books7 followers
October 26, 2014
Another brilliant, accessible, generous and insightful book from Michael Gelb. Creativity on Demand draws on wisdom and knowledge from many sources, new, old, great and obscure, and presents them with humor and lightheartedness, leaving the reader with easy to apply methods to understand and develop their creative process and apply it to all areas of life.
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134 reviews11 followers
May 9, 2018
كتاب نظري + عملي لتعزيز الابداع بطريقة (تشي) ... العديد من المفاهيم وتطبيقاتها .. تكشفلك بعض المكامن فيك لاشعال هذه الطاقة ... ومن هنا تبدا فهم على ان الابداع ليس موهبة فقط انما يمكن العمل عليها.
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