Michol is an expert in performance training – from his California base he trains all sorts of high-level athletes including NHL hockey players, NLL Lacrosse players and Olympic gold medal athletes. He consults with many of the fitness industry’s biggest companies (we can’t say which but it gets the big tick from us!). Michol used his knowledge of human design and function to create performance training, developing ViPR – a new concept in fitness and sports conditioning that’s based on loaded movement training. Michol is the founder and director of the Institute of Motion and co-founder of PTA Global, which trains personal trainers. He's also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Faculty of Sports Science.
Michol will be attending the Nurture Change Business Retreat in November, speaking on how to perform at your best and teaching attendees how to get better results from their workouts, no matter how busy they are.
Q. What’s an extremely valuable lesson you have learnt in your career?
A. Something that provides incredible value in learning is observing nature – specifically animals. Specific to health, it is interesting to observe how animals deal with “self-care strategies”, meaning how they manage their own health. An animal under stress will often seek comfort within their tribe of animals. When waking, an animal will yawn and stretch to mobilize their bodies, and shake to stimulate nerves and become alert. Observations of nature can tell us a lot on how to take care of our mind/body/spirit.
Q. What lesson in business do you try to pass on to others and what does it mean to you?
A. Observing successful folks in business, the one common denominator is always the ability to foster authentic relationships. Ironically, by focusing on building a GENUINE relationship first (and not business first), I have seen success time and time again. I have been witness to deals that have come directly from the fact that the seller's first desire was to get to know the person and not to sell them a product.
Q. Who do you think is a great innovator and why?
A. That's easy. It is anyone that begins with a question instead of an answer. When a question becomes burning enough, it will guide the mind to seek out solutions ... which sparks innovation. My advice: forget the answers and begin training your mind to be consumed with questions.
Q. What has been your biggest learning in business to date and why? How has it affected you going forward?
A. It's cliche and it's true: a business's success is directly linked to the quality of the people involved. If you are leader of a business, spend the bulk of your time developing people and putting them into the right seat for THEM, not your business. Then, spend the remaining time putting air underneath their wings. Simple concept; most don't do it.
Q. If you were 21 years old again and could do any career you wanted, what would you be and why?
A. Lead guitar in a band... or what I am doing now. It is a tie.
Q. What are you most excited about in attending the Nurture Change Business Retreat in Fiji?
A. I am eager to see Fiji, being an amateur surfer (and very amateur, I might say!). I am curious to discover what are some of the biggest barriers and constraints to executive health in this group (since my point of view and passion is health). I am excited to explore what appetite there is for preventative health strategies with these same participants and to guide the conversation of self-care.
Don't miss seeing Michol at the Nurture Change Business Retreat, November 2–6 at the 5-star InterContinental, Fiji. It features more than 10 incredible speakers across business, health and wellness, plus other activities. See more at www.nurturechange.com