The Better Connected podcast features well-known leaders sharing their experiences and insights about communicating and collaborating in the modern world, exploring the question: In a world that’s more technologically connected than ever, how can we create better human connections too?
In this episode, Justin O’Connor, Category Marketing Manager at Bose, spoke with Michael Johnson — Olympic gold medalist, World Champion, and the founder of Michael Johnson Performance.
In this conversation, Michael talks about the impact of the pandemic on sports, how coaching adapted to virtual environments, and the key takeaways for the business world.
Michael shares the challenges and importance of keeping athletes motivated by cultivating trusting relationships and communicating clearly and collaborating towards goals, even when at a distance. He also provides insights on the best practices and discoveries of coaching high performers. He clearly outlines how this can translate to managers supporting employees in a hybrid work model.
Michael has a career of firsts. He was the first man to hold the No. 1 ranking in the 200- and 400-meter and win both races at an Olympic game. He also was the first to win consecutive gold medals in the 400-meter.
He broke the world record for the 200-meter and 400-meter before retiring in 2000 with four Olympic and nine World Championship gold medals.
A turning point occurred in 2019 when Michael suffered a stroke. As a healthy, athletic person, he sought to raise awareness around strokes and their ability to impact anyone.
He founded Michael Johnson Performance, which personalizes training programs for professional, college, and youth athletes based on his philosophies. He also started the Michael Johnson Young Leaders organization, which helps young people all over the world by providing them with the tools and resources they need to achieve success, whether on or off the field.