Why I am doing this?
For many, it might sound like a cliché, even so, my underlying motivation is to make the World a better place. This comes from a spiritual foundation, which is the most important aspect of my life. I was looking for ways how I can make the World better, and I found supporting others, one by one, is the most practical way of doing it for me. I also like that helping to develop a healthier life is independent from religion, nationality, location, age, and I can connect with people from all over the World, which I enjoy a lot. I feel energized when someone becomes who s/he wants to be with my support.
What are my strengths?
In coaching, I make you build on your strengths, and I bring into the process what is missing for the step forward. My strengths are the experience in planning, to motivate to keep you going, and I’m persistent, which helps you to stay on track until you get results.
What is my professional background?
My background for coaching and mentoring comes from personal talent that I developed further with professional training. I studied organizational and systems development in the 18-month international program of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, from May 2011 to September 2012. Otherwise, my main occupation from 2001 to 2012 was working as a Research and Development engineer, first in academia (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, BUTE), then in the food industry (Egerfood, Nestlé, Agrana Fruit). I have a M.Sc. in Bioengineering, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.
What is Gestalt?
Gestalt in Organizations is an effective approach used in business consulting, and executive coaching. My passion is healthy living, and I decided to translate and use this skill-set to support others to live healthy.
How do I see myself?
I see myself as an engineer, who thinks as an organization developer. Although I love technology, in all my roles, in the end, I liked most the part that was about supporting others in their development, either as a team leader, project manager, teacher, or mentor. I love to learn, and the knowledge available in large organizations always attracted me. I’m very practical and action oriented, and therefore, while I enjoyed working in academia and higher education, I ended up working in big corporate. For some time, I was angry at life why I have these curves in my career, but now this experience is the one that enables me to support people from a varied background. Still, I think I can help best the busy people in the big companies.
Where am I from and where do I live?
I was born in 1977, in Budapest, Hungary. I like to travel, and explore how it is living in other countries, experience other cultures. I lived for some time in France, the UK, and Germany, Austria, and since Dec 2014, I live in Brussels, Belgium. I particularly liked to live in Austria, because the nature was only a 500 m walk away from our apartment, and it was so easy to get out for a run, a walk, or a bike ride all year around. Now, in Brussels, it’s more challenging to get out to nature, but a 30 minute bike ride always takes me there, and it’s so easy to find here some company to run or go for a bike ride together.
What’s my favourite sport?
This is a difficult one. Now, I do a lot of running, but as I focus on the POSE-method, I only do short distances. I invariably liked to bike throughout my life, in any form. I liked water consistently, but going to swim regularly is new to me. I have a rollerskate; I did judo for two years; I danced salsa for five years, I played basketball in high school and at the university, and I played football everyday when I was a kid. Now, I learn contact dance improvisation – first I just started it to learn more about my body as a coach, but at the moment I like it anyway, although it still does need some courage. I love to go to the gym, and my biggest book on my shelf is actually the now ancient Joe Weider’s Ultimate Bodybuilding, which I used in college.
Sounds like a jack of all trades….
Yes, and I didn’t know what’s wrong with me, why can’t I settle on one sport, as many people do. Until I filled the body-type questionnaire in Get Fit Guy’s book, and I learned that my body shape is Male Ecto-Mesomorph. This body-type can adapt to many types of sports (but never be as good in a single sport as another body-type), and now I use variation intentionally to my advantage.
What’s my main healthy lifestyle challenge right now?
The Ecto-Mesomorph body-type can adapt to many sports, but also takes up weight very fast if I stop exercise, or indulge. I’m always have to be on the lookout to keep up my healthy routine up, despite how life changes around me. This was quite a struggle for me for long, but now, I use it to my and my clients advantage, to learn, explore, try and get better all the time. Here in Brussels, as it is a busy capital, takes effort to find an inspiring location for sports, and although I’m getting there, my sports-mix is not perfect yet.
Fit Learning Labs
supports men leaders to implement exercise, nutrition and sleep habits, since Dec 2014, only working with a maximum of three clients, as a hobby activity – next to my full time work as an organisation consultant.
Oliver Kozak from Hungary, Oliver learned to develop a healthy lifestyle for himself, and continues to improve on it. Friends and colleagues around him were inspired, and asked him to support them in their own learning process to live healthier. This initiative scaled up, and now realized as Fit Learning Labs.
The name refers to the experience that living healthy rarely happens by accident, but requires an intentional learning process. Labs (short for laboratories) reflect that this learning process involves self-experimentation, some trial-and-error, until one learns what works for him/her for his/her life – and as life changes over time, the lifestyle needs changes, too.
Living a healthy lifestyle
primarily includes physical activity, healthy eating, and adequate sleep. It also includes informing about healthy living, and having social connections encouraging living healthy. Both the learning process and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle involve observations of daily living, the tracking of trends, and the use of the resulting information as clues for action and decision making.
- Supporting the learning process of a healthy life for individuals
- Getting to grips with time management, getting things done
- Website: www.fitlearninglabs.com
- Industry: Professional Training & Coaching
- Type: Personal coaching practice
- Company Size: 1-10 employees
- Founded: 2013
- Images are taken by and text is written by on this website by Oliver Kozak, unless referenced differently.
For more information about the scientific background on healthy living see:
- American Heart Association (USA, retreived: 2013): Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations – A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. External link
- Coffman et al. (USA, Berkely, retreived: 2013): Observations of Daily Living.