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Helping Busy Medical Professionals Enjoy Being Efficient Leaders


I share with my clients over three decades of experience as a senior urological surgeon and leader of medical professionals to enhance their ability to enjoy serving their patients in even the most challenging environments.
Awaken the Leader in You is a 3-step personalized program addressing the needs of Resident Doctors in the process of specialization and Medical Consultants before, during and following career changes.
The program comprises individually tailored mentorship and coaching modules (see below). 60′ online consultations and 1- and 2-day workshops on time management, career coaching, self-management and other burning topics serve as supplements to Awaken the Leader in You.

What will you learn with Awaken the Leader in You?

Enhance Your Communication Skills

Objective: Master Persuasion

Standing up to be heard is an acquired skill. You have to know your audience and be crystal clear about your message. Preparation, practice and delivery will strongly influence the impact you will have in any situation

Develop Self-Management Methods

Objective: Become Proactive

Do you feel like your to-do list is always getting longer? This is where self-management comes in. Our coaching will guide and inspire you to define your goals and achieve the results you want

Enjoy Being an Efficient Leader

Objective: Influence Others

Managing yourself is the key to leading others. “Leadership is all about influence” says John Maxwell. Mastering this discipline will improve your team‘s performance and raise your profile

Together, we will combine communication skills, self-management tools and leadership principles to make you the leader you ought to be.

        Fundamentals of Self-Management

                                       (held in German)

                      Munich Mar 30, 2019

 Fundamentals of Communication

(held in German)

 Zürich Apr 5/6, 2019

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Why Awaken The Leader in You?

I have been a urological surgeon for 35 years, practicing as a clinician in university, public and private hospitals, as well as at private practices across Europe and North America. During the course of my career, I realized that what people needed most was more of my time, even in my chosen surgical specialty. Whether with patients, and especially with colleagues, developing our communication and leadership skills makes us better medical professionals, more attentive to our own needs and those of our patients, allowing us to achieve peak performance even in the most difficult situations.


Most of my professional life, I have trained, coached and mentored peers, residents, consultants and other health care professionals, as well as people outside of the medical professions. I created Awaken the Leader in You as an answer to what is lacking most today in the medical sector: to empower medical professionals with the ability to communicate and lead with ease. As an industry insider, I deliver this 3-step mentoring program with the aim to build leadership expertise based on self-management and expert communication skills.Typically, participants are physicians at different levels of their careers, who often feel their professional development is stationary, consequently feeling disconnected from their careers. They are many times experiencing intense time pressure, irregular working hours, and sleep deficit due to unbalanced working conditions.

The Awaken the Leader in You mentoring program equips physicians to deal with the specific and substantial challenges that affect this sector

When you know how to communicate more clearly and assertively, you will experience more engagement with your peers and team. This will reflect immediately in the quality of your results, becoming the leader your were meant to be.

Get in touch free of charge!

Let’s discuss how we can work together to develop new perspectives and achieve the outcomes for which you are striving.

Essential Communication for Busy Physicians

1st Month Curriculum
Effective communication


Four essential topics:


  • Unravel the secrets to be heard – make everyone understand your point
  • Define and design your message – have an impact on your listeners
  • Manage common communication challenges – excite your audience
  • Bring any message forward – forcefully – they will love your decisiveness
2nd Month Curriculum
Effective Communication


Four essential topics:


  • Be a good listener – be visibly in rapport with your followers
  • Build trust, support and empathy – build a community of devoted fans
  • Give constructive feedback – get people involved in what you stand for
  • Keys to persuasion – always be communicating your standpoint
3rd Month Curriculum
Effective Communication


Four essential topics:


  • Use vocal variety – yes, even you have it – it’s natural
  • Understand the rules of engagement – motivate those around you
  • Communicate across your organisation’s hierarchy and culture – be the leader you ought to be – and show your true self
  • Build and maintain relationships – express authenticity in any situation

Self-management for Physicians

1st Month Curriculum


Career Planning:


  • Lead YOUR life – show full control in every situation
  • Uncover your true situation – imagine your life’s path            
  • Define and design your career – take life into your own hands
  • Take advantage of common communication challenges – dare to push ahead


2nd Month Curriculum


Time Management:


  • Be authentic and credible – strive for punctual delivery
  • Build trust, support and empathy – exhibit resilience
  • Motivate yourself – learn how to motivate others
  • Lead by example – help to stabalize your environment
3rd Month Curriculum


Change and Crisis Management:


  • Go your way – re-evaluate permanently your standing within your organsation
  • Manage change effectively – find fitting solutions in times of crisis
  • Communicate across your organisation’s hierarchy and culture – master crises with perseverence – you never can please everybody

Leading Others

1st Month Curriculum
Leading Others


Four essential topics:


  • Essentials of Leadership – evaluate your  standing
  • Ask the right questions at the right time – always be honest to yourself
  • Handle common communication challenges – stay on top, even when you feel down
  • Plan ahead – outline and achieve the results you want
2nd Month Curriculum
Leading Others


Four essential topics:


  • Leverage your time – dare to delegate
  • Build trust, support and empathy – be an influencer
  • Mentor your team members – they are longing for your guidance
  • Persuade others – discover and use their power from within
3rd Month Curriculum
Leading Others


Four essential topics:


  • Learn from errors – apply daily what you learn from them
  • Understand the rules of engagement – seek opportunities
  • Replenish yourself daily – renew and improve your mind and body
  • Build and maintain relationships – persevere with humility

In 2014, Dr. Künkel and I worked closely together at the Zurich University Hospital. In his position as senior consultant urologist he did not only teach me the basics in medicine, he coached me how to become a professional in my job and keep the balance in my private life. Based on his long-standing unique experience as a leading figure he was able to promote my skills on various levels and give me a clear view on priorities necessary for a successful career. Besides all this, Dr. M. is a very likeable person with a great sense of humor. It is always a pleasure to spend time with him.

Dr. med. Ashkan Mortezawi, Zurich University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

Markus has promoted me to become a member of the European Toastmaster Board in 2016. As a leader, he inspired me to step forward. He supported me with knowledge, guidance and valuable feedback. Upon his coaching, I have grown my leadership and conflict management skills and with this personal growth. Markus is a great coach to mirror and reflect on oneself. Over many years he has been proven a visionary leader for Toastmasters in Europe by overseeing and analysing the possibilities for growth in Europe for the next years, planting the seeds for continuous collaboration and networking amongst countries.

Ulrike Laubner, entrepreneur

I met Dr. Künkel when we both started our new positions as attending physicians at the University Spital Zuerich in 2014. From the beginning I was impressed by his seniority and in-depth knowledge of the health care system, his ability to analyze processes, identify weaknesses (and strengths) in the work place and in the people working there; his focused and interested listening skills, and to generate suggestions and potential solutions in a respectful and thoughtful way…. Dr. Künkel’s major strengths are that he has worked for a long time both in private and academic health care systems, exactly understanding the pressures involved.

Mentorship, guidance and perhaps even refocusing and understanding …is often totally missing in the clinical day-to-day life,….not insignificantly leading to exhaustion, frustration and even cynicism …. in physicians, who started their medical career with enthusiasm and idealism. In his coaching, Dr. Künkel is not jumping to simple and quick solutions, he is very respectful and practical in finding solutions.

Thomas F Mueller, MD, PD Professor of Medicine
Lead Attending, Clinic of Nephrology
Medical Director Renal Transplant Program
University Spital of Zuerich Switzerland

“In a highly complex and ever changing environment such as the medical sector, becoming an efficient leader is key to remaining relevant”