Ian McDermott

Ian McDermott

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Ian McDermott has dedicated his life to giving people the tools to deal with the challenges they face and the necessary skills to create their own solutions

He does this both personally and professionally with individuals, with teams and with organisations.

Much of his time is spent advising senior leaders worldwide and coaching the next generation to be innovative leaders. However, he also continues to work with individuals.

The Founder of International Teaching Seminars (ITS) Ian has worked with hundreds of organizations and thousands of people. Based in the UK and the US, he has a global perspective working with international companies focusing on Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Risk. From practical experience he knows what it takes to run a long-term successful business: International Teaching Seminars celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017.

The man who bought NLP and coaching together Ian is a thought leader in the field of leadership, innovation and collaboration. A prolific author, his books have been translated into 20 languages. They include The Art of Systems Thinking, The NLP Coach, and The Coaching Bible. His most recent is The Collaborative Leader: The Ultimate Leadership Challenge.

Ian is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter University Business School where his focus is on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is Dean of Innovation & Learning for the Purposeful Planning Institute in the US and his work is featured in the Open University’s MBA course ‘Creativity, Innovation and Change’. Ian is also External Faculty at Henley Business School and a co-creator of the Henley MSc. in Coaching and Behavioural Change.

Ian is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and a Diplomate in Professional Coaching of the International Academy of Behavioural Medicine, Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has pioneered Leadership and Innovation Coaching and has literally trained a generation of coaches. He was described by the Independent as ‘the coaches’ coach”. He is a member of the Association for Coaching’s Global Advisory Panel and is AC Global Ambassador for Innovation and Collaboration.

Ian’s coaching also reaches into working with high net worth families and their advisors, focusing on legacy training and succession planning.

With his colleague Professor Patricia Riddell he has pioneered making the latest practical applications of work in the neurosciences available to people from all walks of life. Together they have created a new international benchmark in Applied Neuroscience certification trainings. These are delivered through ITS.

Ian’s primary focus is on delivering practical ‘how-tos’ to ensure learning and change, innovation and collaboration really happen. That’s why he set up International Teaching Seminars.


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Spoken languages

  • English

Practice/Training Locations

London, United Kingdom

Training offered

  • Introductory
  • Practitioner
  • Master Practitioner
  • Trainers Training
  • Specialised Workshops

Recognised / regulated by

  • NLPtCA

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