Matthew Lewis Dubai, Dubai
Executive Coach, Leadership Coach, Performance Coach
BSc Hons, PhD cand n progress
Matthew is a senior executive search, leadership and executive coaching professional with over 24 year’s global expertise in identifying, assessing and coaching talent and senior level executives. He has hired senior executives in 45 countries across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific for the world’s leading companies.
Since 2010 he has been Partner, Middle East and Africa with Boyden, the world’s oldest and largest private executive search firm, founded in 1946 with over 70 offices in 40 countries. Matthew currently leads the Middle East and Africa Board, Government, and Aviation Practices. He works with clients across sectors including: Consumer, Real Estate, Government, Industrial, Infrastructure, Airports, Airlines, Aerospace, Family Groups, Private Equity, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and alternative Asset Management. Matthew has conducted over 500 Global Searches, interviewed over 6000 global C level senior executives, conducting over 1000 hours of executive coaching and assessment of executives, boards and their performance.
In 2009 he founded Alchemy Executive, an emerging markets focused Executive Coaching business works with leading regional companies and exceptional individuals across MEA. In 2015 he Co-founded N3 Executive Coaching. N3 delivers Neuroscience based, academically accredited coaching to executives, corporates, MBA schools and students across the EMEA region. Matthew is currently conducting his PhD research in the field of Neuroscience and its impact and effectiveness Executive and Health Coaching at the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School, whilst also writing his first book, focused on the field of Employee Engagement, Motivation, and Corporate and Personal Performance. He is a member of the AESC, ICF. He is a regular media contributor and speaker on EQ and CQ, leadership, talent, on radio and in the press as well as MBA schools as an EMBA coach. He graduated in the UK, BSc (Hons) and worked in London before moving to Dubai in 2007.
3 reviews (5.0)
“My journey started when my wife told me I should go and see someone as since moving to Dubai my life had changed in several negative ways. I had put on weight, stopped exercising, started to drink more and was showing signs of stress in that I was having trouble sleeping. Something I am sure all us C Suite executives can relate to when work pressures start to dominate our life and family life gets sidelined. Right from the very first session with Matt which was basically a good chat between two blokes at the golf club I came away feeling invigorated to make a change in my life. Matt had described the N3 tools and methodology that would give me a healthier lifestyle and centre myself but only if I was committed. Of course, I was, show me the dotted line to sign up. That decision was easy, the hard part followed over the coming weeks. Becoming accountable to Matt for my bedtime to improve sleep, getting the fitbit to track my vital statistics, waking at 6am to do exercise and starting to meditate. Slowly but surely the pieces of the puzzle started to click into place and I started to lose weight and feel I could cope with my work stress. During our one on one sessions I would unload my issues with the changes I was experiencing or what was causing me stress at work. Through his extensive experience Matt would then deliver in a thought provoking but subtle manner a coping strategy to move forward. My path was not always straight and upwards taking many turns to the point where I lost my job near the end of our sessions however Matt with his tailored discussions had given me strategies to cope and take it in my stride. We had discussed vision boards, goal setting and future careers all the things you always think “I should do that” but you never get around to because you get distracted with work, football or brunch. Now I had the focus to achieve my goals and behold two months later I have my own consultancy company with the first contract lined up and a drive to sustain a happier, healthier lifestyle”. “Thank you Matt and N3 for giving me and my family, my life back”.Mark L. An International COO, looking for direction, clarity and focus.
I recently completed a six-month executive and leadership “brain changing” programme, known as N3. I know some of you will be saying that I should have changed my brain a long time ago. But let me tell you a little more.For me, it was initially tough and challenging, but my N3 Executive Coach, Matthew Lewis here in Dubai was exceptional in keeping me focused and on track. He listened. Cajoled. Set targets. Motivated. Kept me sane and shared his own experiences throughout the tailored process. The net result? It has been life changing for me, particularly in relation to health and cognitive performance. I’ve enjoyed sustained behavioural change, improvements in well-being, sleep, significant weight loss, and also stress reduction. (All measurable). Having Matthew as my N3 Executive coach has been pivotal. I would recommend Matthew and the N3 Executive Coaching Programme to any stressed senior executives or indeed any interested individuals and organisations here in Dubai. No question. I’m by no means perfect... still quite a way to go on certain factors, but following N3 and Matthew’s assistance, I doubt I will ever binge on Coca Cola or Hob Nobs again. If you want to find out more about my own personal Project HobNob (!). Feel free to message me direct. Matthew’s contact details are:- Mobile: +971 050 426 4835 firstname.lastname@example.org Check out www.n3ec.comNick P. A CEO in Retail with a passion for poor diet, and now a new man.
N3 Executive Coaching Testimonial – PA So here we are sitting at the end of nearly 6 months together and Matt reminds me that I said 7 times in our first meeting that I am paying you to tell me what I already know...I also told him that eating ice-cream (usually every day) was my one weakness and that I could never give that up and that meditation was for new age flakey people...well I can report now that none of my bold statements of "fact" turned out to be true!! My presenting problem to Matt was that I had lost my mojo at 57 years old. After 6 years in the GCC and never having had a job I really enjoyed ( I really don't like the corporate culture here), deciding to leave my most recent role with nothing new to go to, a nagging feeling that I was having yet another mid-life crisis and being the most out of shape I had been in a decade I needed something (or someone) to snap me out of my lethargy and to be honest negative thinking...enter Matt and N3 Matt is a great listener...he let me unload it all without judgement, we did the "brain" diagnosis (a very useful tool), we talked, he suggested and cajoled me into some subtle habit changes - red wine for white wine, dark chocolate for white chocolate, I started meditating (and even became quite good at it!), I started playing brain games etc - all in the category of minor changes - but more importantly it became a mindset that I was going to "do stuff" that made me change. As I mentioned above one of the contributing causes to the place I had arrived at was a less than fulfilling and happy professional situation which had been building for a number of years. In the early stages of our discussions I kept wanting to bring the conversation around to this so that "Matt the Headhunter" could help me decide the best next step and even help me find my next role. Frustratingly at the time Matt didn't really want to engage in that conversation beyond encouraging me to reflect on the different type of work options open to me. He kept telling me I will make better decisions for myself when all the other aspects of my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing were under control. He didn't say it...but it was (rightly) implied that in my current state I was no use to anyone anyway!! I guess I knew that as well...and on reflection I am pleased that Matt kept pushing me to focus on getting myself back to the place where I had the mental clarity to make the right choices. Matt bet me that I was food intolerant to dairy (after listening to me clear phlegm in every meeting we had!) and that I should have it tested., I did more than that. I spent 8000 AED on a full medical to find out the truth for the first time in years about my health...After Matt's fees, this was probably the best 8000 AED I have spent. A real wake up call to get my act together - off the charts cholesterol, borderline Type 2 diabetes, liver enzymes in the wrong place etc. So suddenly an even stronger impetus to find my mojo again.... (by the way Matt lost the bet - I am not intolerant to anything let alone dairy!!) I am pleased to report after nearly 8 weeks of dieting (including ice-cream only 3 times in 8 weeks!!), 4 weeks of personal training, nearly 8kg less and a renewed level of fitness that the mental and physical impact of the journey has seen me coping with an inherently stressful time in my life much better than I could ever have done without the impetus, encouragement and support Matt has provided. I am very happy to recommend Matt's coaching services. You may think you know all the stuff he talks about - but firstly his wellbeing model is holistic and well worth understanding and secondly feeling accountable to someone else for what in the end are very personal actions helps!!A Senior Executive (HR) Peter A. seeking clarity, direction and control.
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