Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting - has been helping clients overcome business challenges and achieve their potential for over 15 years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his engineering studies (M.Sc. and B.Sc.) and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business. Michael authored 11 Bestsellers in the fields of Influencing, Agile, Teams, and Leadership. His experience includes significant know-how in the telecoms, hi-tech, software development, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building programs.
Michael's professional background is analytical and technical; however, he has a keen interest in human interactions and behaviors. He holds two engineering degrees from the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology: a Bachelor of civil engineering and Masters of Industrial engineering. He has balanced his technical side with the extensive study and practice of Gestalt Therapy and "Instrumental Enrichment," a philosophy of mediated learning. In his consulting and training engagements, Michael combines both the analytical and technical world with his focus on people, delivering unique and meaningful solutions, and addressing whole systems.
Michael travels extensively to Europe and East Asia, conducting training and consulting. He understands people, organizations and cultures and has a high degree of comfort leading cross-functional and cross-cultural training. Whether he focuses on the "soft side" or on project business skills, or a combination of both, he is effective facilitating learning on myriad topics, including negotiations, conflict management, influence without authority, leadership, body language, and presentation.
His style is facilitative, favoring Socratic Direction, employing a range of techniques, from mind mapping, NLP and accelerated learning to indoor gaming and active playful exercises. He has been working with a multitude of clients in a broad range of industries, ranging from high tech, medical, IT infrastructure, telecom to petrochemical. Michael engages participants from various backgrounds such as sales and marketing, operations, research and development and management.