How to Become a High-Performing Founder – with Adrian Koehler


Adrian Koehler is a friend of mine and a leadership engagement expert—meaning he coaches big-time executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of leadership—and he is a master at it. He has a background in philanthropy, ministry, activism, and medicine. He’s been in so many situations that he finds comfort in difficult conversations. You’re going to love his story of how he turned the spotlight on himself and underwent a massive transformation and face facts when he wasn’t being real with the people in his life. And we do a deep dive on how high-performing business couples face their own set of challenges.

Question Highlights:

  • What was the moment when you accepted who you are?
  • Where is the fine line between oversharing and being authentically vulnerable?
  • What is the common thread behind the high performers that makes them great and what holds them back?
  • What is your dynamic like with your wife when you’re both such high performers?
  • What’s the secret to highly-driven personalities making a relationship great?
  • How do you want your kids growing up to view money and success?

Guest Bio:

Adrian Koehler is a leadership engagement expert and senior partner at the executive coaching firm, Take New Ground. He coaches executives and entrepreneurs in the art and science of leadership for themselves, their teams, and clients to create new, unprecedented results and experience fulfillment in their work.

He is the Founder and Senior Partner at Take New Ground, a leadership coaching, training and consulting firm based in Los Angeles. TNG partners with select executives and organizations to get the results they want by creating the culture they need. He is the co-host of two engaging podcasts: Raising The Bar with Drybar Founder Alli Webb and The Naked Leadership Podcast with TNG Sr Partner Dan Tocchini.

Drawing on his background in philanthropy, ministry, activism, and medicine, Adrian thrives in the extreme environments and finds comfort in difficult conversations—in fact, his passion for human performance has taken him around the globe, serving people in times of crisis, transformation, and stalemates. Over the last decade, Adrian has trained and developed leaders at NIKE, Virgin Hyperloop One, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Herschel Supply Co., Oprah Winfrey Network, Home Concierge, Gavin DeBecker & Associates, Siegel & Gale, UCLA and elsewhere.

Prior to his work as an executive coach, Adrian was the founding executive director of The Cornerstone Project, a grant-giving foundation that supports positive life transformation and spiritual reconciliation for the incarcerated and those with criminal histories. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Adrian worked as a pediatric intensive care specialist at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He has also served as a pastor and community organizer at Mosaic LA and founded serveLA, Mosaic’s community dedicated to holistic development for the marginalized and vulnerable in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while playing football at Millikin University. Adrian resides in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles with his two children, Scout and Charli.

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You’re Going To Hear About:

  • Accepting who you are
  • Being both raw and vulnerable while staying committed
  • The common threads between high performers
  • His relationship with Alli Webb
  • The secret to driven people having a successful relationship
  • Lessons of wealth to pass on to your children

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