Join us for our latest #MeetTheTeam interview, where we sit down for a chat with one of #RBLP’s faculty members. Today we’re in conversation with Michael Young, RBLP-T!
Hi Michael, thanks for chatting with us! Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.
I was born in Michigan but became a military brat at age 10 and moved to California; we then moved to Germany where I finished high school. I enlisted in the Air Force in 1990 and served for 30 years, traveling the world and retiring in 2019. Music, books, riding my motorcycle, and discovering other cultures are great passions of mine!
What can you tell us about your education and career background before you started working with RBLP?
I was late to dedicating myself to lifelong learning, having joined the Air Force right out of high school and education outside of learning my job was not a priority. Later, I learned the value of getting an education that could improve my critical thinking skills and broaden my world view. I became a Professional Military Education Instructor, where I discovered a love for helping people grow and realize their full potential.
Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?
I would have to say my fellow instructors acted as guides for me; I came to teaching late and serving with expert and caring educators lit the way for me to develop my own teaching style and philosophy.
What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?
I was a squadron superintendent and saw the devastating effects of environments where resiliency was not invested in as a core competency in leaders, as well as the healing effects of caring and self-awareness that resiliency brings to a team. I hoped that my work with RBLP would promote a spirit of resiliency as an expected and needed attribute in today’s leaders.
In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?
Resilience to me is the ability to thrive in adversity through both self-reliance and the support of your team when things are tough emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. These elements are key to maintaining physical health as well; as many of our clients are military or law enforcement, this is especially important. But everyone should invest in preparing for hard or trying times, as life can change drastically in a second as the pandemic has shown us.
What are the three most important components, in your opinion, that you try to convey to every team that you train under the RBLP certification program?
Emotional intelligence, sympathy/empathy, and to be mindful, i.e. aware of one’s own thoughts and feelings in order to promote regulation in emotions and behavior.
What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?
I reflect on the holistic fortitude of the American Servicemember throughout our history: The courage and willingness to serve in dangerous times and circumstances that inspires me to enthusiastically champion resilience to our clients.
In your time as an RBLP instructor, what is one of your best memories working with a client and why?
I love the “Wow” moment our clients have when all of their own ideas of resilience are reconciled and codified in our program. We go through life with superficial understandings of what resiliency is, but sometimes can’t actively live out resiliency fundamentals effectively. I believe this is due to a lack of understanding off resiliency’s core principles and practical application of RBLP in their daily lives.
Pivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?
I am a music lover, I play the guitar and I’m learning the piano! Cooking is my newest pandemic superpower, and I love exercising and riding my motorcycles. I also love to travel and look forward to the world opening back up to tourism again.
Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?
“Intelligence, plus character, that is the true goal of education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow together!