I’m Alan Ibbotson and I work as a private performance and success coach to entrepreneurs, founders, high level specialists, creatives and artists in business.
My clients are all successful in their chosen field and are occasionally in the public eye. I also work as a leadership and executive coach in Fortune 500 Organizations.
Whether working privately or through organizations, I specialize in helping uniquely talented and intelligent people get out of their own way.
If you liken my job to that of Wendy Rhoades in Billions, you won’t be the first. I am a coach, not a psychiatrist but I will smile and embrace it if it helps you understand what I do. There are lots of similarities for sure, but as far as I know I’m yet to have a billionaire client or one with a dodgy moral compass.
What is Performance / Success Coaching?
The question I am asked most often is:
How does Performance and Success Coaching differ from Life Coaching and Executive Coaching?
It’s an important question so here’s the difference.
Life coaches focus on relationship, life and career choices.
Life Coaches are not usually skilled or experienced in complex leadership/business situations.
Executive coaches focus on leadership effectiveness, leadership style, how to navigate company politics, influencing skills, personal branding and managing your career.
They might be focused on helping you be more strategic, or help you make the leap from one senior level to the next. Executive Coaches are usually ex corporate executives or ex HR leaders, quite formal in their approach, and all-business.
Executive Coaches are hired by an organization (a sponsor) to help one of their executives.
In the majority of cases, HR is involved in that process and even though confidentiality is maintained between coach and client (the person being coached), by definition there is some level of accountability to the sponsor for the end results and there is often a feedback loop between the coach and the sponsor.
Performance & Success Coaching
As a performance and success coach, I am not hired by corporations/sponsors but by an individual themselves, for themselves. Just like you would a personal trainer.
This kind of coaching is more suited to entrepreneurs, independent professionals, artists and those who don’t fit into a neat category. It brings the confidentiality and breadth of both types of coaching together into an integrated model that helps you develop skills that work across all aspects of your life.
Wherever you go - there you are. So if you have a hard time being “bad cop” when you know you need to be, that’s likely to play out in both your personal and professional life. What I do is give you the skills to handle it more effectively, whatever the situation or context.
A life coach is not going to know how to help you with a tricky political issue at work, and an executive coach is not going to want to talk about how to handle an overbearing in-law.
Not only do I do both, I’ll help you if you happen to also work with your in-laws :)
Is Performance Coaching right for me?
Performance coaching is for you if one or more of the following applies to you:
You work for an organization and know you want a coach but would rather do it privately than through your organization or HR department.
You are crazy successful and great at what you do, but struggle with some of the leadership responsibilities like motivating people, setting expectations, building a team or ensuring that the important stuff can get done when you’re not in the room.
What got you here won’t get your there and you need to step it up a notch.
You struggle with conflict, impulse control, anxiety, giving feedback, tough decisions, impostor syndrome or second-guessing your decisions.
You find yourself feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or burned out and need a strategy to get your mojo back.
You don’t have anyone to whom you can offload your frustrations.
You need someone to give you perspective, objectivity, and great advice.
You want to improve the relationships in your life or build trust with people in your orbit.
You have to make some big changes and need to influence others in the process.
You’re already pursuing personal growth and would like a coach to enhance your journey.
You’re willing to do the work. Performance coaching is not for wannabe’s and amateurs.
Is Alan the right coach for me?
I’m not for everyone and I might not be for you - but if any of the following applies, there’s a good chance we’d have a great time working together:
You’ve had the struggles and now you’re ready to do the work on yourself.
You want someone who’s an easy-going but highly experienced coach to help you figure out what your needs are.
You’re not a humorless jerk. This is for ME - I am happy to help anyone get better but I’m not working with those who are not already decent humans.
You want both structure and flexibility - regular scheduled coaching, but flexibility to call anytime as needed.
You are ready to bring your whole unabashed self to the table, with no fear of judgment.
You want someone who’s worked with artists or creatives.
You don’t mind English accents...
What Clients Say
The nature of coaching means that it’s strictly confidential but some clients have raised their hands and talked about their experience of working with me.
President- 313 Presents
Alan is a gifted, dedicated executive coach and a great soul. He brings a wealth of professional and life experience, engenders trust and has a great passion to help people see more of themselves and above all to realize their potential. I'd recommend Alan highly.
EVP, Treasurer- AMC Networks
He’s one of those rare people who will change your life. As an executive overwhelmed with commitments, Alan has helped me find my center again, increased my effectiveness and achieve overall better balance.
Sales Director- Turn
I found him to be unbiased, down to earth and an objective resource. He provided valuable guidance, asked insightful questions and helped me reach clarity on tough decisions. The tools I learned, I continue to use today.
Curveball moment - I was hit and run over by a garbage truck in 2004. How trashy. Badom bom bom. I learned to walk again but now look like I got bitten by a shark, which let’s face it is a much better story. And yes, thank you, I’m fine :)
Married to Steve, world’s best husband. We adopted two foster kids. That journey made the truck incident feel like a walk in the park. Our kids are now teenage adults and doing great. Phew.
Native Yorkshireman, working class, oldest child, single mom, man of the house from age 10.
Gay, so had to GTFO and find my way to a bigger city. It WAS the 80’s, people. I pretty much survived adolescence by being the funny one.
Got into Training, Coaching and Professional Development at the ripe old age of 21 when I was plucked from obscurity at British Airways because I was “refreshing” and “had potential”. Flew around the world delivering workshops on negotiation, presentation and management skills.
Went to Hearst UK then MTV Europe. Ended up in NYC running Training and Organizational Development for all the revenue-generating and creative units of MTV and VH1 during the glory days.
Became known for my kickass 1:1 coaching sessions, which back in those days we did over drinks at The Paramount.
2002 - left company life behind and reinvented myself as a Changeologist.
Built a company known for creative, inspirational training workshops and keynote speeches full of laughs. My all-female team are in NYC, LA, Philly and London. Now we’re just doing it all remote.
Check us out at :https://www.trampolinegroup.com/