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Daniel Holden • Founder & President

Dan brings over 30 years experience as an executive coach and consultant. He possesses an unlikely combination of skills, qualities and organizational gifts. He sees himself as organizational anthropologist and chiropractor, mixed together with minister and teacher. He sees quickly and with great clarity what is genuinely possible for leaders and their teams as well as the real blocks they face to transformative results. Dan speaks with veracity and love, often raising the issues that must be faced with the skill of an artist, the patience and incisiveness of a surgeon. An author and poet, Dan is also an ex military paratrooper, an avid motorcyclist and sports car enthusiast. He speaks with the authority of one who has been through the fire of transformation himself and knows the inner and outer landscape others must move through. He is a master guide to those leaders who don’t just want to do great work but who seek the inevitable work—the work they have come into this life to do.

Representative clients: University of Notre Dame Executive Business School; Dana Farber Cancer Institute; VF Corp; U.S. Surface Warfare Center; Boeing Leadership Center; FORD; Shell; Bon Secours Health System; Northeast Utilities; Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Price Waterhouse Cooper; United Airlines.

Dan holds senior consultancies with The Leadership Circle and The Full Circle Group. He is co-founder of The Refiner’s Playground, a twenty year cohort project dedicated to exploring our Essence as human beings and to releasing all of the hilarious ways we try to be something other than this! Dan earned a BA in Psychology (summa cum laude) from the State University of New York, Geneseo, and a M.S. in Education from Niagara University. His writings appear in a number of business and personal development journals and can be downloaded from this site. He and his family live in Wisconsin.