David Taylor-Klaus

Meet David

David Taylor-Klaus works hard, and he plays hard. He deliberately approaches the important roles in his life with intention and attention:

  • Husband, Father & Friend.
  • Coach, Mentor & Speaker.
  • Serial Entrepreneur, Strategist & Visionary.
  • Wine Collector, Avid Cyclist & Gold-medal Rower.

In every walk of life, he is a lifelong learner.

David’s personal and professional worlds clearly reflect a journey in pursuit of excellence, always with a great deal of humor and heart. He is known for his sharp intellect and incisive ability to see and say what others do not. He balances fierce candor with genuine compassion … aka “an iron fist in a velvet glove.”

Whether working with individuals, teams, or speaking to large groups, David believes that a powerful leader exists in each of us, his goal is to empower others to unearth and unleash their own leadership mastery. From personal experience, he drives home the importance for all professionals to take an active, intentional, and dynamic role in their private and professional lives.

The mission of DTK Coaching is to reintroduce successful business people to their families and the world outside the office.

Through an informed, well-applied process and an inspired approach, David’s clients overcome the overwhelming aspects of succeeding in business and being a part of a family. DTK Coaching helps them create the kind of Life-Work Balance they only dared to imagine was possible, while also achieving dramatic shifts in their performance.

David’s insight and wisdom are built on his three decades as a successful serial entrepreneur.

Prior to establishing DTK Coaching, he was CEO of Digital Positions (DP), an internet strategy and web development firm he co-founded in 1995 and sold in 2009. As a strategist, he worked with C-level executives, senior management teams and boards of directors to broaden their perspective and see how interactive initiatives support corporate visions and values for positive growth.

It was during this time, however, that David realized that his success came from being reactive rather than proactive, and that he wasn’t participating consciously as a husband, father, business partner or entrepreneur.  As he headed toward rock-bottom, David had a significant wake-up call, that ultimately resulted in DTK Coaching. 

(It’s a great story… read how really bad it got)

David and his wife, Elaine, are almost empty nesters, living in Atlanta with the youngest of their three children and three dogs of different sizes and energy levels all in a Buckhead neighborhood they developed in 1994. A gold-medal rower in the 2004 Georgia State Games, an avid cyclist, and an enthusiastic wine-collector (and drinker), David also enjoys kick-boxing, really great jokes, laughing with others … and at himself.

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Trainings include

  • Co-Active® Coaching – Coaches Training Institute
  • Co-Active® Leadership – Coaches Training Institute
  • Team Diagnostic Assessment – Team Coaching International
  • Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) – CreatingWE Institute
  • Coaching ROI Pilot Study – Bloom Coaching Institute
  • ORSC – Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching (CRR)
  • Inspired On Demand
  • Fierce Conversations
  • Falling Awake
  • Sklar Method

Memberships and Affiliations include

Working with DTK was some of the most impactful time I have spent in my professional career. His guidance influenced not only my efforts in my professional career, but also provided significant insight and improvement in my personal life... My time with DTK enabled me to be a better leader, father and husband.

Ed Higdon, CEO, Atlanta GA

David Taylor-Klaus is an extraordinary individual. I sought him out specifically as I know how bright he is. He has a way of making you comfortable with being uncomfortable... David has a no BS approach, he's very professional and you know he is holding you to a higher vision that you can even see yourself. He is funny and is a fierce champion for your success...It is easy to work with David. What isn't easy, is to work with him without taking your leadership up a notch...

Debby Rauch Lissaur, CPCC

I have been working with David for the past four years...He has the ability to tap into what’s really going on beneath the surface, and creatively helps you work through the issue...He helped me paint a vision for what I wanted and once that was in place, he always holds that vision and challenges me to rise up to meet it. He doesn’t let me play small and I am so appreciative for it. Through coaching with David, I have been able to leave a 15-year Corporate career, start my own company, create and maintain a six figure business and broaden the scope of what I do to impact thousands of lives across the country and around the globe.

Robbin Jorgensen, President & Founder, Ignite The Next International