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Daniel Mueller

Daniel Mueller is an early pioneer in the executive coaching industry. Over the past three decades, he has worked with more than 1,400 CEOs and executives to help them achieve major transformations in their professional and personal lives.

Prior to executive coaching, Daniel was CEO of a management training company, a business advisory firm, and an organizational development consultancy, all of which influenced his approach to executive coaching. In addition to drawing on these disciplines, Daniel has extensive training in the behavioral sciences, behavioral psychology, and executive career counseling. An avid student of executive leadership, he regularly speaks and publishes on subjects critical to executive peak performance.

During the late 80s, Daniel had a meteoric rise to the top of the emerging executive coaching profession. The more outwardly successful he became, the greater his internal pain over feeling like an imposter grew. Daniel chose to numb this pain with alcohol, which led him into recovery for alcoholism—his sobriety date is March 4, 1996. Humbled and broken, Daniel began diligently working to achieve his own personal transformation. This story of amazing success, total failure, and complete redemption has led to his favorite saying: “I coach from a place of weakness, not strength.” Feel free to ask him about his story.

Since 1996, Daniel has specialized in CEO and executive coaching in three main areas: leadership coaching, helping executives remove blind spots, leverage strengths, and overcome weaknesses; executive career coaching, helping executives transition from one role to another; and executive onboarding coaching, helping executives start new roles. He also provides training for professional executive coaches.

Earlier in his career, Daniel served as President and CEO of Solid Foundation International Inc., an organizational design and development consultancy. There, he led team-building initiatives, administered hundreds of interview-based 360° assessments for coaching clients, and created individualized leadership development plans. He authored curriculum for corporate universities, including “Training Skills for Leaders” (how leaders learn) and “Service BUILDS Sales” (how leaders sell), and dozens of white papers on critical success factors for leaders.

From 1986 to 1990, Daniel was CEO of MAI, a management consultancy acquired in 1990 by Organizational Leadership and Development, Inc., and from 1982 to 1986, was CEO of Wellness Consultants, Inc., a management training company. Daniel began his career in 1975 as a personal trainer and fitness coach.

Daniel attended the University of Texas at Austin and has resided in Austin since 1977.He is gratefully married to Patty and has three awesome daughters.