Resource Center

IHHP’s resource center offers you Emotional Intelligence tools and tips to help you perform your best when you are under pressure. These pressure tools have been developed from our research on Olympic athletes, CEOs, US Navy Seals and over 100,000 research participants. Over the past 15 years we have learned what it takes to better utilize pressure so it becomes a competitive edge. If you are looking to become pressure ready please review our material in our resource center.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) is a term created by two researchers – Peter Salavoy and John Mayer – and popularized by Dan Goleman in his 1996 book of the same name.

We define EI as the ability to:

    • Recognize, understand and manage our own emotionsFREE EQ QUIZ BUTTON-WEB
    • Recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others

In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behavior and impact people (positively and negatively), and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others – especially when we are under pressure.

 

Watch how Bill, a guy with math and computer science degrees, delivers a unique perspective on Emotional Intelligence.



Examples of high pressure situations that require us to manage our emotions skillfully include:

  • giving and receiving feedback
  • meeting tight deadlines
  • dealing with challenging relationships
  • not having enough resources
  • dealing with change
  • dealing with setbacks and failure

Meaning of Emotional Intelligence

Whether you are a formal manager or want to increase your individual performance (or both), the IHHP emotional intelligence training program will teach you the foundational principles and brain science of Emotional Intelligence (EI). You will become a student of human behavior: understanding what your brain does under pressure and how that affects your decision making and the impact you have on others. The idea is that the more you understand about how you react under certain conditions, the better you are able to anticipate your behavior and counter it with a more constructive response.

The Research:

In his book Working With Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman sites the Harvard Business School research that determined that EQ counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be successful.

Emotional intelligence – why it can matter more than IQ: for additional research on the business case for EI, please refer to our white paper – The ROI for Emotional Intelligence

Need more science? Watch this video where Bill introduces the amygdala high-jack.



The Brain Science – An Amygdala Hijack

IHHP_EI_Icon_WEB-smWhen they first hear the term EQ, many people think it’s something soft and squishy. We thought the same thing until we learned about the brain science of emotions. In particular, we all have the cognitive part of our brain where we do our best thinking, but we also have the emotional part of our brain – more specifically the amygdala – which responds when we feel fear or are threatened in any way (physically and socially).

In our programs, we help people understand the chemical responses we all experience under pressure, and how that can limit our ability to think cognitively, and move us toward our default behaviors during what is called an “amygdala hijack”, where this more primitive part of our brain can literally hijack our thinking mind.

The IHHP emotional intelligence training program will help you improve your own personal leadership by teaching you to manage your emotions in your most difficult moments. This learning will enable you to perform at your best, and connect with others in a more meaningful way. You will also gain critical skills that will enable you to influence and coach others, regardless of your position in your organization. Not only will this make you a more effective leader, it also offers you the ability to increase your position within the company and ultimately influence its success or failure.

Learn a strategy to manage your emotions under pressure by watching this video.

 

 

 

 

 

What do IHHP and a New York Times bestselling book have in common? Watch this video to find out.



After watching this last video, you now have a better understanding of how IHHP and the New York Times bestselling book on pressure support each other. What is important to know is that Emotional Intelligence is the foundation of all of IHHP’s programs. But what is the nest step?

Learn more about the book

Learn more about our programs

Learn about Emotional Intelligence virtual

Remember, 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.

What does IHHP do that’s unique in training emotional intelligence?

We’ve been delivering keynotes, training, assessment and coaching programs on the topic of emotional intelligence in the workplace for over 15 years. We think we are especially good at:

    • Creating learning programs (virtual or classroom) that take the research and brain science of EI and translate it into practical learning and techniques people can apply when they are under pressure
    • Creating programs with very practical and interactive exercises that give people the opportunity to learn and practice how they can apply the new techniques they learn
    • Understanding the unique needs of our clients and applying the learning to those needs. Examples of ways we apply our EI programs include: leading through change, increasing engagement, creating accountability, building teams, driving sales performance, etc.

To learn more about our EI programs, please visit:

The business world continues to experience constant change: disruptive technologies, reorganizations, cost cuttings and mergers and acquisitions all create  enormous pressure. It isn’t surprising that over 70% of change efforts fail to meet their stated goals.

mobile-bookPart of the problem is that, according to IHHP’s study of 12,000 people described in the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, co-written by IHHP’s Dr. JP. Pawliw-Fry, most people take a haphazard approach to pressure.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Managing the pressure of change is a learnable set of skills that was a key take-away from this webinar.

 

JP's ImageBIO-BillNancy Medoff-MarriottSpecial thanks goes to your fantastic presenters, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry,  Bill Benjamin and special guest, Nancy Medoff, Director, Group Sales with Marriott International. The insight and strategies provided during our 1 hour webinar on August 19th, was very well received: 96% of attendees found the webinar valuable and applicable to their work.

Thank you to those who attended. Your kind words are appreciated!
“Thank you, very helpful”, “Thank you so much, this was great!”

During the webinar, a PowerPoint slideshow was used to assist in illustrating findings, strategies and insights on how to manage pressure.

We encourage you to print the slide deck out and use it internally for your next meeting. Get your team engaged to learn how to manage pressure.

Access the printable slide deck from this webinar by clicking here.

In the Webinar, you learned strategies to:

  • Understand the destructive effect pressure can have when you and others experience change and uncertainty
  • Gain insights into what the top 10% performers in our research study did to excel under pressure
  • Learn how your cognitive appraisal of events can change your physiological response to pressure
  • Understand how expectations can change your brain chemistry – negatively or positive – under the pressure of change
  • Understand the neuroscience of positive emotions and how that can help you lead your teams through change
  • Learn two empirically tested strategies to help you overcome the pressure of change

By becoming a student of human behavior and learning how your brain responds under pressure, you can overcome the derailing effects of change.

Your brain is needed in leadership

Women have a brain based difference that predisposes them to weigh more variables, consider more options, see more context and visualize a wider array of solutions and outcomes to a problem when they or their organization are under pressure. Organizations that leverage this unique strength of decision making and have more women in top leadership positions, research has shown, have profitable businesses and outperform the competition in every measure of profitability: equity, revenue, and assets.

 
 

The Women Under Pressure initiative will answer

  • What is unique about a women’s brain and why is that important to organizations?
  • What is the second layer of pressure that women face that is different from men?
  • What did we learn from our research study of 6,000 women?
  • What strategies can women learn to perform better under pressure?

The Women Under Pressure whitepaper

In this exclusive white paper, discover what we learned during our extensive research study of 6,000 women from around the world.
Download the White Paper Here

The Women Under Pressure survey

Be a part of our continuing research and participate in our survey.

Take the Survey  
 

Introducing our Women Under Pressure Champions

 

Kathy Betty– Entrepreneur Kathy, a prominent Atlanta businesswomen, approached IHHP with a vision of bringing our performing under pressure work to women. The Women Under Pressure initiative is a direct result of the passion and entrepreneurial spirit that has made her a success.

Kathy has more than 30 years of business management and consultancy experience. She started her career working for Hayes Microsystems. She was one of the first female partners with Ernst & Young, and later served as Executive Vice President and Partner with Scott, Madden. Her experience fueled her desire to begin her own incubator company, The Tradewind Group, that specialized in start-ups. After the loss of her mentor and husband, Kathy’s new journey resulted in her becoming the first woman in Atlanta history to own a professional sports team.   She purchased the WNBA Atlanta Dream in the fall of 2009. Her life experiences have strengthened her commitment to be a positive impact mentoring women in their paths from classroom to boardroom. She was the recipient of the YWCA-Atlanta 2011 Woman of the Year Award, the Cool Girls 2011 Pink Empowerment Award, Business to Business magazine Women of Excellence and was selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans. Betty serves in a leadership capacity in the community, serving on the boards of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, Carter Center Board of Councilors, and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, Georgia Institute of Technology.  Betty also serves as a Director on the Corporate Board of Aaron’s Inc.

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry – Leadership and Performance Expert JP is an internationally renowned thought leader and speaker on the subject of performing under pressure. JP’s analysis of the research and brain science behind Women Under Pressure has defined IHHP’s unique value to helping women be their best when it matters most.

Every year, JP speaks with individuals and leaders on over five continents helping them to improve their overall performance. He is an expert in performing under pressure and is one of the world’s most highly sought-after keynote speakers on the topic. JP is the founder of IHHP, a successful international research and training company. JP co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure. JP is a performance coach to Olympic athletes and business leaders. He melds innovative research with powerful inspiration to create thought-provoking and moving keynote presentations. curriculum and assessments.

Sara J. Ross – Master Practitioner As a speaker, training practitioner and coach, Sara is widely recognized for her energy, deep knowledge and engaging ability to transform the science of emotional intelligence into new and relevant insights and strategies.

Sara has been curating, testing and weaving the research of exceptional and sustainable leadership into all areas of her work and this, in combination with Sara’s passion for helping women have a positive and powerful impact, serves as the underpinning of her contribution to the Women Under Pressure Project. As a Master Practitioner at the Institute for Health and Human Potential, a global research and learning firm, Sara’s approach and expertise has her as one of the highest rated and sought after Emotional Intelligence and Performing Under Pressure speakers & trainers in North America. Sara has challenged and supported leaders of Fortune 500 companies including MARS, Allstate, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and TD Bank, as well as leaders at the University of Toronto, to be their best even in the most difficult pressure-filled situations. With her trademark balance of energy and passion, Sara personally connects with her audience whether in an intimate group of ten, or a room of a thousand. She inspires leaders and their people to take personal accountability for their performance by translating the complex science of pressure into simple actionable strategies to be put into practice immediately. Sara has a Master’s of Science (MSc.) from the University of Waterloo, is a CFI-trained Performance Coach and is IHHP’s Master Certifying Practitioner in the “Performing under Pressure” curriculum and assessments.

Next Step

speaker2Bring this important learning to your organization or women’s group. We have inspirational Women Under Pressure speakers for you to choose from, all of whom can deliver high impact keynotes.

Research has been featured in:

CEO World Magazine article.

“What CEO’s Need to do to Include the Women on Their Teams” Written by Bill Benjamin.”


Switch and Shift.

“No Woman Left Behind: The Importance of a Female Leader.”

Research has been showcased at:

The Conference Board Conference


Women In Travel Annual Summit

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Your daughter is having pains in her stomach and yet the doctor can’t seem to find anything physically wrong with her. Your son is worried about the ‘big game’ but he doesn’t want to talk about it and you don’t know what to do. Your daughter seems constantly mad at you and you are not sure why.

If you have experienced stories like this this, you are not alone. When we parent or are in a role of influencing teenagers, life can be very challenging. In fact, research has found that we are at our unhappiest in our lifespan when we are parenting teens. It is difficult being a parent of a teen today. It is also, of course, very difficult being a teen.

In this intimate, moving program, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry and his teenage daughter Brigitte, discuss what parents who are under pressure can do to help teens who are under pressure manage life and pressure more effectively. They speak from each of their perspectives of being a parent under pressure and a teen under pressure. You will find tools and insights that will help you manage yourself a little more skillfully in those difficult moments and some coaching tools to help you help your teen manage pressure more effectively as they face their challenges.

Please click here for the introduction to the “How to coach your teens when you and they are under pressure” podcast.

 

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sashas-heartA percentage of money from the sale of this podcast will go to the SashaBear Foundation, an organization that is focused on improving coping skills for teens who face mental illness.

 

Women Under Pressure

Women Under Pressure White Paper

 

Pressure Changes Everything

Why Managing Pressure is the New Competitive Advantage at Work

 

ROI for Emotional Intelligence – an IHHP White Paper

The Business Case for Emotional Intelligence

 

All Change is Personal

Why Most Change Efforts Fail and What To Do About It

 

Is Stress Working for You or Against You?

The New Brain Science of Stress and Sustainable Performance

 

Why Survival is Not Enough

Are You Surviving, or Are You Growing in Turbulent Times?

 

Managing Generations – The Big Disconnect

Why Most (well intentioned) Leaders Miss Out on Engaging The Next (well intentioned) Generation

 

What’s Going on at Your Hospital?

Examine why people make the choice to play small (which we define as the aversion to take risks, have the difficult conversations or believe in oneself)

 

What Will You Do When You Run Out of Leaders?

This article will focus on the kinds of leaders you want to retain in your organization.

At IHHP we are always looking for ways to help people perform under pressure, so we’ve developed an extensive blog section that leverages the learning gained from our work with Olympic athletes, The U.S Army, Fortune 500 companies and our Leadership Training programs. In this section, we have blog articles with tools, tips and stories from thought leaders who have a wealth of knowledge in our core areas of expertise: Performing Under Pressure, Emotional Intelligence, and the Three Conversations of Leadership.

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Training your corporate athletes

In the frenetic lead-up to the Christmas Holidays, I met with a senior Learning & Development executive at a major financial institution, who got me thinking. The holidays were looming and she was lamenting the fact that 2016 had been an exceptionally challenging year harnessing C-Suite support for leadership training initiatives. “What’s so frustrating is Read More

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Can EQ make you more money than IQ?

Research at the Harvard Business School has shown that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – the ability to manage our own emotions and connect to the emotions of others – counts for twice as much as IQ and technical skills combined in determining who will be successful in their career and in life. Show me the money! Read More

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Better understanding the impact we have on others

Synergy article – November 2, 2016 Learning about emotional intelligence with Gates Cooney Written by: Lyne Mathieu We learned a lot in the emotional intelligence (EI) course for personal leadership given at the CNSC by Learning Specialist Gates Cooney. Gates taught her last course in March 2016 to CNSC colleagues before taking her well-deserved retirement Read More

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7 Ways to Manage the Pressure of the Holiday Season

When I first sat down to write this article I was going to go off on a rant about the pressure I feel due to all of the things I need to do to get ready for the holidays like decorating the house, planning and buying all of the gifts, planning and buying the dinner Read More

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5 Strategies to Handle the Pressure of a Job Interview

Most people prepare for job interviews by doing background research, considering what questions might be asked and preparing answers. All of this is important, but most people don’t prepare themselves and their brains for the pressure they are going to feel leading up to and during the interview. One of the things we learned in Read More

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Catch us on the road!

If you are unable to attend these events, check out our speaker page and look into booking one of our world class speakers for your event.

 

 

SHRM Philadelphia

Bill Benjamin will be speaking the exclusive pre-conference event for SHRM.

When: March 29th, 2017 Details to follow
Where: Philadelphia, PA

ATD Indianapolis

ATD Indianapolis welcomes Bill Benjamin. Bill will be sharing insights and strategies on how you can perform better under pressure and get the competitive advantage you need to succeed.

When: April 21st, 2017 Details
Where: Indianapolis, IN

 

Pressure is a natural part of the human condition. As Performing Under Pressure reveals, there are strategies you can apply to do your best when it matters most.

Miss one of our webinars? You can access them here.

 

Performing Under Pressure: June 21, 2016

Together with our partner at The Institute for Performance and Learning, we bring you this hour webinar about learning how to perform better under pressure.

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People are feeling overwhelmed by pressure – to achieve results, to meet deadlines, to manage difficult relationships, to do more with less, to facilitate and adapt to change.  When pressure is not managed, it impacts both our emotional and cognitive brain, diminishing our ability to communicate, manage relationships, make effective decisions, manage change and influence and lead others.

Please feel free to print out and get even more engaged with learning how to manage the pressure of doing more with less.

Your presenters were Bill Benjamin from IHHP and Kerri Dobszewicz from Allstate Canada.

In The Webinar, You Learned:

1. Key findings from IHHP’s research study and their work in the field of Emotional Intelligence, as well as training with athletes, the military and high-performing leaders around the world 2. Best practices from Kerri at Allstate Canada on how they are implementing highly impactful leadership development programs 3. Insight on how pressure affects your brain and impairs your best abilities by impacting three key areas: • Your Emotional brain under pressure • Your Cognitive brain under pressure • Your Conversations under pressure 4. Pressure Solutions that you can implement right away to be more skillful in your pressure moments

  • Insight about how your brain responds when you are feeling overwhelmed
  • How to differentiate between stress and pressure
  • How not to succumb to cognitive distortions when you feeling overwhelmed

This session combined the latest research and neuroscience on pressure and performance, combined with practical strategies you can apply right away in order to be your best when it matters most.

The Pressure of Doing More with Less: May 26, 2016

Together with our partners at WINiT and BigSpeak, we bring you this hour long webinar to learn about strategies to do more with less.

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This ongoing, relentless pressure can be damaging, undermining people’s performance, impacting their relationships, and leading to fatigue, burnout, and reduced engagement.

The top 10% performers in an IHHP study we conducted for our New York Times Best selling book, Performing Under Pressure, were not impervious to the stress and pressure of having to do more with less. They experience all the same distortions and anxiety, but had insights and strategies to successfully deal with them. You can too!

Please feel free to  (print out the slide deck-coming soon) and get even more engaged with learning how to manage the pressure of doing more with less.

Your presenters were Sara Ross from IHHP and Dawn Repoli from WINiN.

In The Webinar, You Learned:

  • Insight about how your brain responds when you are feeling overwhelmed
  • How to differentiate between stress and pressure
  • How not to succumb to cognitive distortions when you feeling overwhelmed

You will have left the Webinar having gained insights about how your brain responds when you are faced with having to do more with less, and strategies you can apply to help you overcome pressure’s derailing effects.

Managing the Pressure of Doing More with Less: December 4, 2015

Organizations everywhere are asking their teams to “do more with less.” When budget cuts reduce work forces, remaining employees are expected to manage additional responsibilities.

 

This ongoing, relentless pressure can be damaging, undermining people’s performance, impacting their relationships, and leading to fatigue, burnout, and reduced engagement.

The top 10% performers in an IHHP study we conducted for our New York Times Best selling book, Performing Under Pressure, were not impervious to the stress and pressure of having to do more with less. They experience all the same distortions and anxiety, but had insights and strategies to successfully deal with them. You can too!

Please feel free to  print out the slide deck and get even more engaged with learning how to manage the pressure of doing more with less.

Your presenters were Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry and Bill Benjamin.

In The Webinar, You Learned:

  • How the top 10% performers in our research study overcame the pressure of needing to do more with less
  • Insight about how your brain responds when you are feeling overwhelmed
  • How to differentiate between stress and pressure
  • How not to succumb to cognitive distortions when you feeling overwhelmed
  • Three Pressure Solutions that will help you do more with less

You will have left the Webinar having gained insights about how your brain responds when you are faced with having to do more with less, and strategies you can apply to help you overcome pressure’s derailing effects.

Managing the Pressure of Change: August 19, 2015

The business world continues to experience constant change: disruptive technologies, reorganizations, cost cuttings and mergers and acquisitions all create enormous pressure.

 


It isn’t surprising that over 70% of change efforts fail to meet their stated goals.

During the webinar, a PowerPoint slideshow was used to assist in illustrating findings, strategies and insights on how to manage pressure.

We encourage you to print the slide deck out and use it internally for your next meeting. Get your team engaged to learn how to manage pressure.

Access the printable slide deck from this webinar by clicking here.

Your presenters were Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry and Bill Benjamin.

In the Webinar, you learned strategies to:

  • Understand the destructive effect pressure can have when you and others experience change and uncertainty
  • Gain insights into what the top 10% performers in our research study did to excel under pressure
  • Learn how your cognitive appraisal of events can change your physiological response to pressure
  • Understand how expectations can change your brain chemistry – negatively or positive – under the pressure of change
  • Understand the neuroscience of positive emotions and how that can help you lead your teams through change
  • Learn two empirically tested strategies to help you overcome the pressure of change

By becoming a student of human behavior and learning how your brain responds under pressure, you can overcome the derailing effects of change.

 

Thank you for your interest in our Performing Under Pressure newsletter. We have been writing this newsletter for quite a long time and thought that it was about time we kept some previous copies available on our website.
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Jan 2017 “The Off Season, The Importance of Training Your Corporate Athlete.”

Dec 2016 Look out 2017, we are just getting started and Women Under Pressure Survey

Nov 2016 Women Under Pressure Survey – Have your voice heard

Oct 2016 Do you have the right EI to get hired?

Sept 2016 Back to school-time for adults to learn too!

Aug 2016 All about certification and why it makes sense

July 2016 Learn how to outsmart emotion, ‘A Woman Under Pressure-blog’

June 2016 Women Under Pressure, June 21 webinar presenter

May 2016 Performing Under Pressure Webinar – June 21 registration open

April 2016 Inside Quest TV, The Irony of Pressure blog and Meetings=Drain brain blog

March 2016 Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most program

Feb 2016 The Three Conversations of Leadership version 4.0

Jan 2016 Top 6 reason to become certified

Dec 2015 Pressure survey results & EI blog

Nov 2015 Pressure survey

Oct 2015 Webinar: The Pressure of Doing More with Less

Sept 2015 Going Virtual!

Aug 2015 Manage the Pressure of Change – Meet your presenters.

July 2015 Manage the Pressure of Change – Webinar Introduction.

June 2015 Enhanced EI360, part three of building your COTE of Armour.

May 2015 How to help a pressure-cooked CEO. Part two of building your COTE of Armor.

April 2015 Official launch of Emotional Intelligence (EI) Virtual. Part one of building your COTE of Armor.

March 2015 New York Times bestselling book announcement. Introduction of the four part mini-series, “Building your COTE of Armor”.

February 2015 The high performing team-Choosing status or expertise?

January 2015 Introduction to Emotional Intelligence (EI) Virtual.

December 2014 Sneak peek including excerpt of our book Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most.

 

Welcome to IHHP’s Enterprise License Trainer Resource Center where our certified trainers have access to all the support materials they need to deliver our Performing Under Pressure training curriculum.

Our resource center has a lot of information and we are happy to share this with you. If we have missed anything, let us know.


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