Thomas Edison was an exceptional genius, but the greatest product of his genius was the establishment of a systematic approach to success that he believed anyone could emulate. In this conversation, Michael Gelb describes the easy-to-apply system of five competencies one needs to complete in order to find what Edison called, “Your own astounding potential.” These skills are relevant to anyone who wants to be more creative and use more of their human potential. Gelb describes how one of the world’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, worked, “Edison was always oriented to finding solutions. He was not afraid of facing, or defining any kind of problem, and he took on huge problems like how do you light the entire world, which was considered to be utterly impossible at the time.” Tune in and discover how to wake up your own sleeping genius.
Michael Gelb is the word’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He is the author of several books, including the international bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci (Dell 2000) and his clients have included DuPont, General Electric, Merck, Microsoft, and Nike. Along with Sarah Miller Caldicott he is co-author of Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor (Dutton 2007). To learn more about the work of Michael Gelb go to www.michaelgelb.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- What are the Five Competencies of Innovation
- Why a sense of humor is important to creativity
- How to generate creative new ideas out of nothing
- What the acronym E.D.I.S.O.N. stands for
- How Edison’s wife was a full partner in his endeavors
- What were some of Edison’s foibles
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 1/8/2008 Program Number: 3234