Here's a personal growth guidebook that's won the admiration and recommendation of Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate of England. He calls this "a brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability." Author Michael Gelb, founder of High Performance Learning and consultant for companies including AT&T and National Public Radio, says that we all can unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Gelb says there are seven critical principles that need to be followed for success, whether you're learning a new language, studying to be a gourmet chef, or just hoping to be more effective on the job:
- Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life.
- Dimonstratzione: A commitment to test knowledge through experience.
- Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.
- Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
- Arte/Scienza: The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination ("whole-brain thinking").
- Corporalita: The cultivation of ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
- Connessione: A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena; "systems thinking".
Gelb discusses each of these principles in relation to what da Vinci accomplished, thereby giving this book a built-in history lesson. The illustrations from the master's work and time add a nice warmth to the work. As the president of NPR said after working with Gelb, this is a programme recommended for "anyone who wants to experience a personal and professional renaissance".
From the Back Cover
Painter, sculptor, scientist, architect and visionary – Leonardo Da Vinci's genius knew no bounds. From creating masterpieces such as the 'Mona Lisa' to carrying out pioneering work in comparative anatomy, aviation design, modern botanical science, optics and mechanics, Leonardo Da Vinci was the ultimate Renaissance man. What was his secret?
According to accelerated learning expert Michael Gelb, the essence of Da Vinci's genius was his continuous quest for learning and his ability to learn from mistakes. In keeping with the Renaissance spirit, Da Vinci challenged fundamental assumptions and preconceptions and tested his beliefs with experience. It is that spirit which will inspire you to read his book.
In this truly inspiring handbook, Da Vinci's life and work serve as a practical guide on how we can achieve our full potential. In examining the seven essential aspects of Da Vinci's thought process, Michael Gelb shows us how to develop the same traits of whole brain thinking, creative problem solving and continuous learning. By developing our own insatiable quest for information and experience, we can learn to enhance our aptitude in every area of our lives. Numerous exercises, anecdotes and more than 45 illustrations help readers to master these techniques and create personal and professional renaissance of their very own.
Michael Gelb is an internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of creative thinking and accelerated learning. His company High Performance Learning conducts seminars for numerous blue-chip companies as well as many small businesses. He is the author of 'Thinking for a Change, Mind Mapping, Samurai Chess' and 'Body Learning' and is co-author with Tony Buzan of 'Lessons from the Art of Juggling'.