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Helping Busy Doctors Build a Balanced LIfe


In general, physicians are seen to be open, to resemble a very high working ethic, total integrity, full reliability and deep respect in serving their patients in even the most challenging environments.
Despite their high prestige, many doctors are frustrated, they feel misunderstood. Many disconnect – from work, from science, from family, from friends. How about you? How do you feel reading this; it resonates with you, doesn’t it?
Bill Gates once said: “Nowadays, everyone needs a coach.” We could discuss this endlessly, couldn’t we? However, if my introduction resonated with you, pls find out for yourself by reading on: There are means to find out, all on your own, wether a coach or mentor might help you reach the quality of life you had always jearned for.



As you are remaining on my site, I assume that you are a medical professional older than 26yrs., well on your way into specialization or already beyond, who feels uncertain about what steps to take next, and how, but who is nevertheless ready to take on “more”, to lead a balanced life, both professionally and privately.
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.
Based on my professional experience, for improved conversations with patients, with colleagues and administrators, advancing your communication and leadership skills will make you a better medical professional, more attentive to your own needs and to the requests of your patients, delivering peak performance even in the most difficult situations.
To effectively address your deeper wants and needs I have developed my coaching and mentoring program
Awaken the Leader in You
It combines communication and leadership modules with efficient on-/offline consultations, 1- or 2-day workshops, and individually tailored p2p mentoring. Using my program you will learn to adapt your professional and personal life to ever changing enviroments, to reach the lifestyle you had imagined when you entered medical school.
My life would  probably have taken a different path with more opportunities, had I had  mentors that were not my surgical trainers; mentors, who had the experience from within the system, but were not my colleagues at work, nor friends; mentors who had experienced failure, too.

What will you learn from 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 and delivery practice will lift your impact to a higher level 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 support you to achieve all 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 to new levels

My expertise will transform your life

– by identifying possible weakpoints in your life

– by giving you a powerfull new perspective

– by helping you achieve clarity and self-confidence

          Workshop Self-Management 

                                  (held in English)                       

     preview: Zurich, Nov, 2020 (cancelled)

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For detailed workshop agendas and contents, click one of the  blue MORE buttons above.

Please note: My workshops are usually announced three months in advance of an event. They run about every three months in Munich and Zurich and independently from the Awaken The Leader in You activities, although they are part of that program.

Each workshop can be booked separately.


My Expertise – Your Benefit

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.
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.
Your Wants
– be the physician you had idealized
– reduce administrative work – increase time with patients
– have more quality time for friends, family, personal interests
– balance work and life – change career?
As an industry insider, I deliver this 3-step mentoring program with the aim to build leadership expertise based on directional self-management and expert communication skills.
Your Benefits
– fully self-expressed in times of change
– improved standing within your team
– significant reduction of physical and emotional stress
– more balanced professional and personal life
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 you were meant to be.

Coaching Curricula at a Glance

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”

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