Performing Under Pressure:
The Science of Emotional Intelligence

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Performing Under Pressure:
The Science of Leadership and Performance

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 (EI) and the ability to manage their own emotions and others’ when they are under pressure.

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence


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Whether you are a formal manager or want to increase your individual performance (or both), this program will teach you the foundational principles and brain science of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

Focusing on managing your emotions under pressure, this program will enable you to increase your personal leadership by learning how to manage your emotional brain in your most difficult moments. This will allow you to influence and engage others, and connect with them in a more meaningful way.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn the brain science of emotions that drives your behavior under pressure
  • Increase your awareness of the situations that put you at risk of having your emotions lead to unskillful behavior and poor decisions
  • Have the option to utilize our state-of-the-art EI360 feedback assessment to increase self-awareness of the 11 key EI competencies that drive your success
  • Learn practical strategies to help you respond more skillfully as pressure, tension and complexity increase
  • Identify patterns, triggers and emotional habits that either drive or derail your performance
  • Learn to suspend judgment – become ‘more curious and less certain’ – to effectively engage and influence others
  • Understand how to be an effective coach and help others develop the skills to perform under pressure
  • Practice techniques through interactive exercises and develop an action plan to put those strategies into practice

This program is the foundation of IHHP’s learning curriculum for helping you lead and perform under pressure; it is followed by the Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most and Performing Under Pressure: The Three Conversations of Leadership.

 

Emotional Intelligence can often sound “soft and squishy”, especially to highly analytical and technical audiences. Well, it turns out that’s one of our areas of expertise – engaging people who are more analytical in nature in order to develop their Emotional Intelligence. We do this through our EI training programs by ensuring they:

  • Clearly outline the business case for developing emotional intelligence
  • Are grounded in brain science and research on human behavior and performance
  • Are applicable to the challenging situations and relationships people face every day
  • Increase self-awareness, through self-assessment and/or an EI360 feedback tool
  • Provide techniques that people can use in their business and personal life right away
  • Are part of a sustained learning program that includes continued training and coaching
According to John Kotter of Harvard Business School:

“Because of the furious pace of change in business today, difficult to manage relationships sabotage more business than anything else – it is not a question of strategy that gets managers and leaders into trouble, it is a question of emotions.”

Companies who invest in developing their managers’ emotional intelligence will see these behaviors demonstrated:

  • They are able to listen to others without jumping to conclusions
  • They are able to admit to their mistakes and take personal accountability
  • They are able to remain calm under pressure and keep everyone around them calm
  • They are able to receive feedback and criticism without becoming defensive
  • When coaching, they connect to the emotions that drive people’s behaviors
  • They do not avoid difficult conversations and are able to hold people accountable in a motivating way

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