Sara Ross is the Vice President – Head of Innovation, Research and Training at the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP). In a world where pressure pervades all aspects of our lives, Sara Ross is a uniquely skilled in helping people and organizations build their “pressure tolerance”. Sara’s approach and expertise has her quickly becoming the highest rated and sought after “Performing Under Pressure” practitioner in North America. Sara has challenged and supported leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as educational leaders from Harvard Business School, the NBA team The Orlando Magic, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Xerox to be their best even in the most difficult pressure-filled situations; a skill proving to be a distinct advantage in today’s world.
With her trademark balance of energy and passion Sara personally connects with her audience whether with 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.
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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? What they lack is a critical level of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and the ability to manage their emotions and others when they are under pressure.
In the EI program, you will learn the research and brain science of emotional intelligence, enabling you to lead teams more effectively and increase your own performance. You will become a student of human behavior: understanding what your brain does under pressure and how that affects your decision making and your impact on others.
This program will teach you the brain science of Emotional Intelligence and strategies to manage your emotions so you can be at your best in your most difficult moments.
Performing Under Pressure: Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
Nobody performs better under pressure. Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity and performance in every professional and personal arena. In this program, you will be introduced to the concept of pressure management, offering the latest science on how your brain responds under pressure, and many empirically tested strategies to help you overcome the sabotaging effects of pressure.
The content and research for this program is based on the New York Times Bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, co-authored by IHHP’s Dr. Pawliw-Fry. Learn more at: www.pressurebook.com
This program provides insight into how pressure impacts the cognitive part of your brain. Using this insight, you will learn proven strategies to enable you to perform your best when is matters most.
Performing Under Pressure: The Three Conversations of Leadership
People want to build strong relationships with their managers, teams, and peers: they want to bring their ideas and concerns to the table regardless of who is in the room. To achieve this, difficult conversations need to take place. Unfortunately, under the pressure to drive results, people often forget the importance of building trust; they avoid the conversation entirely or they ignore the Last 8% of the Conversation™.
What is the Last 8% of the Conversation? At the end, when the pressure increases, many people avoid (sometimes unknowingly) the last and most important part of the conversation – the part that really needs to be said.
This program will arm you with insights and communication strategies to have conversations that drive results and get to that last 8%, even in pressure filled moments.
Women Under Pressure
Women have a brain based difference that predisposes them to consider more options, see more context and visualize a wider array of solutions and outcomes to a problem.
Our research included over 6,000 women to better understand the unique value and contribution that women have. We discovered that organizations that leverage this brain based difference have stronger relationships with customers and shareholders, have a more diverse and profitable business, and they outperform the competition in every measure of profitability: equity, revenue, and assets.
This keynote will appeal to audiences who are looking for speakers who can address diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, entrepreneurs, and how to perform better under pressure.
Johnson & Johnson
"Awesome training program! You exceeded our expectations – this session offers a unique perspective on personal leadership. I like the way you bring science to our understanding of human behavior in an accessible and inspiring way. This session helped our people think differently about their personal relationships, their motivation and their performance. Your enthusiastic presentation really made a difference for our team."
National Institutes of Health
"This was a terrific presentation! It helped me analyze myself and how to improve my relationships with others both at work and personally. The points you made were pertinent, interactive and relevant I would have loved a longer program. Thank you for presenting such a thoughtful and dynamic presentation to the NIH community."
"I have had the pleasure of working with IHHP twice recently in both a keynote and in training for our sales force in EQ and conversations under pressure. Each time the IHHP team provided a thorough, relevant and highly impactful session. I can honestly say that our sales team is simply better thanks to the training they received from IHHP. Look forward to welcoming IHHP back at our first opportunity!"
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