Don Steele
executive coach

About Dr. Steele, Ph.D.

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Don Steele

Don Steele, Ph.D. joined as an affiliate with D J Koehn Consulting Services in the spring of 2018 focusing on business/management/coaching. He is looking forward to the partnership. Dr. Steele has thirty years of experience coaching and counseling professional athletes, entertainers, business executives, educators, children and young adults. He is a Keynote speaker, humorist, author and philanthropist.

Don earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degrees from Central Michigan University and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Ohio State University in 1976.

Don is passionate about teaching, coaching, and writing. He started his career as a teacher and coach and within nine years served as the Superintendent of Schools in his home town of Saginaw, Michigan. Don then served as Superintendent of Schools for the Toledo Public Schools and for the Seattle Public School District. In 1985, Don founded Performance Learning, Inc. a business dedicated to educating, motivating and empowering athletes, entertainers, leaders, and teams across the spectrum of business, industry, and education. He also served as an adjunct professor and/or speaker at several universities including, but not limited to Harvard University, The Ohio State University, Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University.

Don has served as a coach and consultant to top echelon executives, mid-level managers and high potentials for many of the Fortune 100 companies for 35 years. He has also worked extensively with NFL and NBA coaches and players; and with NASCAR drivers and pit crew chiefs. He incorporates evidence-based research from respected researchers with whom he has had the opportunity to work with or study under, i.e. Dr. Albert Bandura (efficacy research) Dr. Martin Seligman (learned helplessness research) and a host of others who share his interest in optimal personal, professional performance coaching.

Don has authored seven books; the most recent being Undefeated - the true story of the successful three generation, family owned and operated, Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry Service. He is currently writing Rebel Without Applause - the true story about Jon Hall and the success of his family owned and operated, Glastender, LLC.





Why choose Dr. Steele?


Master Story Teller and Humorist


Altruistic to the core.
Selflessness Attitude


Entertainer that blends expertise/wisdom in human behavior


Accomplished musician with a deep affect for human emotions

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