Daniel J. Mueller
President & CEO
High Potential Programs
Executive Team Performance
Oil & Gas
Areas of Focus
1:1 Executive Coaching
Non-Profit Leader Coaching
Daniel Mueller is one of the earliest pioneers of the executive coaching industry, and since 1987 has provided executive coaching for more than 1,400 CEOs and executives, delivered over 80,000 executive coaching sessions, and witnessed a major transformation in the lives of most clients.
Passionate about serving leaders at every level, Daniel is dedicated to helping executives become more effective in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Prior to specializing in executive coaching, he 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.
Since 1996, Daniel has specialized in CEO and executive coaching, working 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. Daniel delivers all coaching either in person or via video call, and typically begins engagements with a qualitative 360-degree assessment.
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 the internal pain grew of feeling like an imposter. 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 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 journey.
From 1990 to 1996, 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 executive coaching clients, and created individualized leadership development plans. A prolific writer, he authored numerous curricula 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. He began his career in 1975 as a personal trainer and fitness coach.
Daniel started college at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and relocated to Austin to complete a degree in the Plan 2 Honors Program in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He is gratefully married to Patty, has three awesome daughters, and has called Austin, Texas home since 1977.