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Career Development and
Leadership Coaching with

Mat Daniel.

I help doctors manage career transitions, challenges, and opportunities so they excel, create meaningful careers, and develop their emotional intelligence, relational mastery, and systemic leadership.

Why me?

  1. I have an enjoyable and successful NHS career. I face the same challenges you might do also, including burn out, major illness, bullying, misalignment of values, and difficult career decisions. I have developed my own ways of dealing with the pressures of working in the NHS, and hope to help you do the same. Unlike many doctor-coaches, I continue to work for the NHS and have not left healthcare.
  2. I know about health, research, teaching, training, leadership, teamwork, and diversity, as well as coaching. I have a wide range of experiences that enable me to understand the world that you move in.
  3. I have the right training to support you with coaching. I have a Masters degree in Coaching and Mentoring, and am one of few coaches to have studied coaching at such an advanced level. I am also a licensed career coach, and accredited with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. I engage in ongoing professional development as a coach, including with regular coaching supervision. I am a qualified coaching supervisor too.
  4. I specialise in and am experienced in coaching doctors.
  5. My coaching is focused on solutions, it looks to the future, and it aims to help you develop as a whole person. In coaching we will probably talk about emotional as well as technical aspects of your career, and look at all aspects of your life and not just the work. You set the agenda, whatever it may be.
  6. I am flexible in the type of coaching techniques that I use. Sometimes you may need me more as a mentor than a coach, and if that is the case we will agree on a change in how we work and I will continue to be able to help you. My coaching isn't just someone who listens to you - I will ask you questions, and challenge you to become the best that you can.
  7. You deal with me directly, and only me. You decide if I am the right person to help you, you choose how we work, how often and for how long. I don't write any routine coaching report about you to anyone else, nor are my interactions with you influenced by anyone else's agenda.
  8. My coaching process starts with a free 60 minute session, designed to help us both see how coaching can help you and how we might work together.
  9. I have helped many people through my coaching, see some of their feedback here.

Our relationship

The coaching relationship underpins my coaching. The relationship is essential for success. In coaching I fundamentally see you as striving for and being capable of becoming the best that you can be. Coaching then is a shared journey where you are the expert in being you, and I am a participant in your growth journey. Together, we form a relationship that supports your achievements and progress. You set the agenda, and we will discuss whatever matters to you.

However, I do not see myself as a passive bystander in the coaching relationship. Listening is a key aspect of coaching, but there is more. I will ask questions, point out patterns and inconsistencies, and challenge you to notice your actions and assumptions. You will hear me challenge, but of course it may be me making assumptions rather than you, or maybe both of us are - so feel free to challenge me in return, and give me feedback as we go along. I might also share some of my own experiences, or how others have managed similar situations to yours, or I might suggest certain ways of viewing the world that may be helpful; these serve as invitations for you to consider, but what you do with them is always up to you, as you are the only person who can possibly know what is right for you.

For me the notion of choice is a key aspect of human existence. Whilst it may not be possible to change external factors, it is possible to choose how one responds to them, how one thinks, feels, behaves, and who one is. Each person constructs their own unique meaning in life. Inherent in this view is an appreciation that people can and do change, and that different contexts lead to different choices potentially setting up an internal conflict. Choosing one's own paths in life is incredibly empowering, but at the same time also scary because it means having to make those choices, take responsibility for the outcomes, and accept things outside of one's control. Coaching helps you recognise the choices that you have, and supports you in making those choices. It also helps you recognise where you don't have choices, and helps you find a way of accepting that.

Everyone is a unique individual with their own view of the world. This means that other unique individuals might have a different view of the world than I, although of course we all influence each other and create socially-constructed context-dependent meaning. So one aspect of successful human relationships is accepting, appreciating, valuing, and celebrating the different views, rather than judging things as right or wrong. Coaching can help develop a pluralist view of human interactions. I have a postmodern view of the world, recognising that hard truths no longer exist - instead, as a society we socially create what we deem to be the truth. Of course, different societies in different eras create different truths, this makes it hard to exist in a world where truth and knowledge are no longer just about hard facts.

Identities and narratives are a key part of my coaching. I don't think we have just one identity. I think we all have multiple identities, and that these identities are based on the stories that we construct about ourselves based on our interaction with others. My coaching then helps people identify and appraise their narratives and identities, and develop new ones that are best suited to the reality or desired future. You might hear me use the terms narratives and identities in coaching, but you are just as likely to hear me ask "what's your mind saying" or "what does this say about the kind of person you are", or "what kind of a person do you need to be".

Whilst narratives and identities might require deep exploration, my coaching is also practically orientated for when the goal is already clearly know. Here I work with a solution-focused approach that taps into what you are already doing to deliver more of what you desire.

I don't offer psychometric instruments, preferring to work in a non-judgemental manner, with a view that change is possible, and that being human is more complex than just being of a certain "type".

My coaching often deals with the big questions in life, such as who I am, what do I want out of life, and where is my life going. Sometimes these are obvious at the start of coaching, and sometimes they become important during the coaching meetings.

Work with me

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All my coaching is bespoke and tailored to your needs. I specialise in career development and leadership coaching for doctors. My coaching starts with a free 60 minute session to see how we may work together. You can read more about me and my coaching on this website, and find out what others say about my coaching here. I am trained as a coach, and have a successful and satisfying NHS career myself. I understand the challenges that you face, and have the skills to support you in your own life's mission.

Your investment

Coaching is an investment into your future. Studies in the organisational context indicate that the benefits are at least five times greater than the investment, and my testimonials show how I have helped others. What would be the cost to you of not being at your best?

The first 60 minute meeting is free. In this meeting we will discuss how we may work together. The cost of coaching will depend on what you require, how many meetings and over what time. Everyone is different, and my coaching is bespoke and tailored to each individual.

All coaching packages include

  • Contracting between us, agreeing how we will work together including confidentiality
  • Setting of goals, objectives, and topics for coaching
  • Regular progress review
  • Bespoke coaching individualised to your specific needs
  • I will email you any exercises / diagrams that we do together during coaching
  • Activities to undertake between coaching sessions, as applicable
  • Accountability for any actions that you set (for example emailing me pictures of completed challenges/tasks)
  • Email support between sessions (if the topic is suitable for email- more complex topics may benefit from an actual meeting)
  • CPD certificate
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It was really amazing how you helped me define my values and put them on paper in the form of simple illustration and graphs.

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