River City Six – Michael King
Meet Michael King, the executive coach and owner at Teams.Coach (www.teams.coach).
Tell us a little about your business.
I am an executive business coach that helps C-suite leaders, executives, entrepreneurs, and their teams get better results and break barriers by operating with the highest levels of clarity, health, and innovation.
How did you get started in the business?
I started my business three years ago, but I have been a leadership coach in some capacity for close to 20 years. I started Teams.Coach after experiencing the pain of leadership. I had been a part of some incredibly successful endeavors, and I knew what was working and what wasn’t. I recognized a couple things: 1) There is never a lack of “vision”—if you don’t have it, someone will; and 2) the world is changing, so the leadership language and business strategies that go along with it needed to evolve. We are helping business leaders look at the world through a new lens and this is a catalyst that is breaking barriers and creating significantly better outcomes.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I had allowed some negative mindsets to settle in to my life. The Internet is packed full of people who call themselves coaches… how could I stand out? I hired an executive coach. I learned a lot and started believing in myself.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
My clients are my heroes. In the midst of COVID, several of my clients had the best year they’ve ever had. It all came down to the relentless discipline, never giving up, and trying something new. I was grateful to have a front row seat.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am married to Beth, and we have three amazing kiddos—Emerson (10), Amelia (13), and Chloe (14). We are also the proud parents of a St. Bernard named Benedict and a St. BerDoodle named Winston.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spending time with my family and traveling. I love riding my motorcycle or just landing somewhere for a cup of coffee and conversation.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I started off my career as a recording artist and music pastor.
Who inspires you?
People who are champions for justice, equality, and fairness.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – Willy Wonka. I also love the quote by Tony Gaskins, Jr.: “If you don’t build your own dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe orchestrated theme or “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Either Winston Churchill or Robert Downey Jr.