Sunday 23rd June 2019
By Michelle Hammond
Q1 - How did your childhood inﬂuence your work ethic and attitude towards business?
Since primary school I was a member of school teams in different kind of sports eg; Athletics, volleyball, football, handball, basketball. At my young age skills like hard work, dedication, passion, discipline, ambition and always playing to win was starting to shape at high speed. I couldn’t be more grateful for it as it taught me many things that today I can apply in business like for example, always play to win, but learn how to take a loss and learn from it, to never give up, set your goals and objectives very high, alone you can get by but with team you can move mountains, trust and respect and many many other important things. I could spend a day talking about it.
Till now I think that I should call all my trainers from the past and organise for them an amazing dinner, however even this will not compensate amount of knowledge that they gave me at this time.
Of course foundation of all of above were my parents as they always push me to be active rather that spending my free time at home in front of TV!
Q2 - What do you believe the principles of a successful business are today?
Taking care of your team, integrity, implementation of new technologies, boldness and creativity to take yet unexplored paths!
Q3 - Looking back, what was your best business decision?
I didn’t go with the crowd in my country and took unexplored, risky and bold path – move abroad to Dubai.
Q4 - Who has inﬂuenced you the most through your career?
My wife - always support me and always believe that I can achieve and be even more that I am now. Also all of those pessimistic people that were saying that “something cannot be done” to me along the way. I am very competitive so just wanted to prove them wrong. However here I want to give a big credit to Lindsay Madden-Nadeau – Global Director of Well-being at Accor, as she was the only person that told me that at very beginning of my career that “in the future I can go very far in spa and wellness”, and here we are few years later. Thank you Lindsay!
Q5 - What was your most diﬃcult / worst business decision?
To not take a chance and tried some of the business opportunities that presented itself along the way. Now I can only think “What if?”. I learned from it already and I like to try everything and then be the judge if it worked out or not.
Q6 - What would you say was the single most advantageous character trait for success?
I could say more that one… single one? Integrity, but setting your goals / expectations high and believing in yourself is on the top too!
Q7 - What happens when you’re stressed or overwhelmed?
I try to be well organised to avoid being stressed or overwhelmed, however, sometimes when I’m stressed or overwhelmed it is good to stop for a moment, look again at priorities and get going again. Quick run outside or a workout in the gym to clear the mind helps too!
Q8 - How do you invest in your own wellbeing? How do you look after yourself?
Since childhood I was very active, so physical activity is already in my blood :-) I love to swim, run, and workout out in the gym and since two years love yoga.
I always try to get a good night sleep and I am a morning person so every day 4.30am up and I do quick 30 minutes yoga. This is a great way to get awake and at the same time to take care of your body and soul.
Nutrition is very important, hence I avoid sugar and processed food and prefer organic, natural ingredients, lots of vegetables, fruits, organic meat and fish. You are in public what you eat in private!
I read a lot, from every book you can learn huge amounts and as they say “For every problem in the world, somebody already wrote a book how to overcome it” :-)
Q9 - If you could change one thing about the spa and wellness industry what would it be and why?
To move towards digital transformation of spa & wellness industry faster and integrating new technologies into unparalleled customer/guests spa and wellness experiences – we can’t stop it - hence we need to embrace it.
Q10 - Finally, What’s your favourite quote or the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Set your goals extremely high and be happy with what you have, while pursuing what you want.
FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION
1. What’s your favourite book?
As I love to read it is very hard to have only one, I share two: Think and Grow Rich by
Napoleon Hill and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
2. What’s your favourite ﬁlm of all time?
3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?
Donald Trump – so many questions to ask that require answer…
4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken?
Swiss Alps – breath-taking views, nature and peace.
5. Your perfect dinner is?
Sushi and Champagne – Love it! :-)
6. Your go to drink is?
Cognac or whiskey – after there is no champagne left ;)
7. Your favourite sweet treat is?
8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent?
9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why?
Aromatherapy Massage – in today’s fast paced world it helps to stop the time and relax the body.
10. What’s your favourite ﬂower?
11. You want to sleep deeply, what do you do?
Workout in the gym, followed by shower with “deep sleep” essential oils application!
12.You want to energise fast, what do you do?
I’m always energised! However quick espresso is the remedy.
13 The theme tune to your life is?
Queen – Show must go on and Queen – Don’t stop me now :-)
14.What makes you laugh to your belly?
Discussing funny stories from my childhood with family… Creativity of children has no limits… :-)
15.What’s your favourite season?
Summer in Europe, Winter in Dubai!
16. What’s your favourite colour?
17. Your favourite time of day is?
Morning – I’m a morning person!
18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be?
Volleyball coach of Polish National Team :-)
19. What’s your current TV guilty secret?
I don’t have TV, hard to believe but it saves a lot of time!
20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it?
Cooking like a Michelin Star Chef so finally I can be better with it than my wife! :-)
Arkadius Paszkowski - Spa and Health Club Manager of the 5* Shangri-La Hotel Dubai. He looks after the luxurious Chi The Spa, as well as the hotel’s extensive health club complex.
Arkadius started his career as a wellness professional shortly after obtaining his physiotherapy and spa degree in university. He has won a number of awards as an International Fitness Presenter in prestigious fitness conventions throughout Europe and shortly after he decided to pursue further course within the spa & wellness industry. After finishing spa management studies he has grown very quickly to become a successful spa & wellness manager and is now running a thriving business operation in a highly competitive market in Dubai.
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