Performing Under Pressure

Through our research, learning programs and book, we can enable you and your team use the force of pressure so you can be your best when it matters most.

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Now a New York Times, USA today and Amazon bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing your Best When it Matters Most, is resonating with people from all walks of life who struggle to deal with the pressure they face. Please join Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry on: April 2 @ 1:00pm (EST)  

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At the same time that pressure is increasing in organizations today, we have found that pressure is poorly understood, not well managed and one of the most ‘untapped’ sources of competitive advantage. From our research, we find three characteristics that high performers and effective leaders have in common:

  • They are able to intelligently manage their own and others’ emotions under pressure
  • They are able to have the difficult conversations that are so critical to building relationships and creating a culture of trust and accountability

Our leadership training programs and emotional intelligence training programs start by helping you understand the science behind how pressure impacts your brain and how to use this insight to better manage through these situations more skillfully.

IHHP’s programs can help your team perform at a higher level. Our training programs are based on the new science of performing and leading under pressure, bridged with our expertise working ‘on the ground’ with some of the highest performing organizations around the world: Goldman Sachs, Intel, Microsoft, The Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Navy and Army, NASA, and the Orlando Magic.

Just like these organizations, you and your leaders face pressure in various forms: change, need to innovate, need for growth, increased customer service. Just as these organizations have, you and your team can also learn to perform and lead more effectively under pressure through our ground breaking research and learning programs.

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The program that made IHHP famous is Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Emotional Intelligence. Why do smart people fail? Why do technically brilliant individuals have trouble managing others and collaborating on a team? It is not because they lack intelligence or technical skills. Far from it. What they lack is a critical level of Emotional Intelligence. Whether you are a formal manager or want to increase your individual performance (or both), this training program, will teach you the foundational principles and brain science of Emotional Intelligence (EI).
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In addition to our world-class Emotional Intelligence program, IHHP has developed a curriculum of leadership training programs.


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Performing Under Pressure: The Three Conversations of Leadership of  will teach you how to have meaningful conversations that drive accountability.


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Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most Leadership is not easy, especially under pressure.  Pressure changes how the brain functions; it diminishes our ability to think, make decisions and connect with others in a meaningful way. With pressure increasing in all aspects of our lives, the ability to manage pressure is one of the key differentiators of high performing managers and leaders.  Failing to manage pressure has become a significant reason why smart people fail.

Our leadership and emotional intelligence training curriculum has been designed to provide insight and skills to help you become more pressure ready so that as pressure increases, your performance and leadership doesn’t decline, taking organizational performance – and your career – with it.