The Pressure to Perform

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We keep hearing it from our clients – you are being asked to do more with less, you are being asked to handle multiple demands, you are being asked to run lean. All of this is creating pressure that you need to learn to manage if you want to lead and perform at your best. Hey, we feel it too.

IHHP has spent 20 years studying over 120,000 people to determine the impact of pressure on performance, emotions, cognition, conversations, and leadership. Our research clearly demonstrates that one of the great differentiators of high performance and effective leadership is not smarts or technical expertise, but how well you perform in your difficult moments, when the pressure is on.

Only the best performers manage these situations effectively. It starts by understanding the science behind how pressure impacts the brain and then using this insight to better manage through these situations more skillfully.

Get the Book!

Co-authored by our own JP Pawliw-Fry, Performing Under Pressure, a New York Times bestselling book, will introduce you to the concept of pressure management, offering the latest science on how your brain responds under pressure, and effective strategies to help you overcome the sabotaging effects of pressure.   Learn more by visiting the Pressure Book page.

What Exactly is a High pressure moment?

  • Knowing a decision you make will negatively impact other people
  • Needing to give someone feedback or holding them accountable
  • Managing a difficult relationship
  • Having to implement a decision that you disagree with
  • Making a mistake
  • Being offered feedback

Competitive Advantage

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 who can perform well under pressure have in common:

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