Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Speaker, L&D


Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Organizations face big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, the threat of disruption, ambitious targets, or aggressive competition. For over twenty years, JP Pawliw-Fry’s curiosity and passion for helping people manage their emotions has driven his research into the skills and tools required to build a culture of exceptional leadership.

As a highly captivating speaker and thought leader, JP brings his passion, humor, and engaging stories to every keynote. He challenges groups to think differently about human behavior and leadership, and how to manage the pressure that is overtaking so many organizations and individuals today. JP shows people how to leverage the power of the science of emotional intelligence, and to embrace pressure and manage disruption. He engages the audience with interactive opportunities to learn and strategies they can implement immediately.

A renowned author, JP embedded his learning and stories into the New York Times bestseller, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, co-authored with Hendrie Weisenger.

JP’s clients have included leaders from Fortune 500 companies such as KPMG, UGH, and Allstate, as well as the US Marines and Olympic athletes, to name just a few.


Are you an Exceptional Leader?

Why Meeting Your Biggest Challenges has Everything to Do with Leading Under Pressure

Your organization, like others, is facing big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, threat of disruption, ambitious targets or aggressive competition. Your people experience these organizational challenges as pressure, which can result in diminished performance, lower engagement, and an inability to deal with change. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Research is clear that some leaders are better prepared to handle and lead their people through these challenges more than others. In this powerful keynote, based on the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, your audience will learn how to leverage pressure to help them get to the other side of performance and succeed in achieving their most challenging goals.

In this cutting-edge keynote your team will learn:

  • What exceptional leaders do differently from the average, to help their people manage change and perform at their best.
  • How to build a culture ready to take “smart risks’ and innovate.
  • Specific tools to leverage pressure and help others get to the next level of performance.

The Science of Emotional Intelligence

The Missing Ingredient Behind Building a Highly Engaged Organizational Culture

Why would anyone want to be led you? This is the single most important question a manager or leader needs to ask themselves if they want to unlock the potential and creativity of their people. The reason your employees get up in the morning and choose to be engaged and productive has nothing to do with a manager’s level of IQ or technical capabilities, it has everything to do with their manager’s level of Emotional Intelligence (EI).

The research is clear that Emotional Intelligence is the single most important driver of an engaged, results-driven, highly effective workforce, especially in environments that are undergoing significant change and disruption.

In this interactive keynote, your team will discover:

  • What the brain does under pressure and specific tools to manage it more effectively.
  • Self-awareness: understanding the impact your leadership style has on your people.
  • Strategies to manage emotions when there is tension and conflict.
  • How to win the hearts and minds of your people by connecting to the emotions that drive their behavior.
  • Engaging stories from the frontlines of leaders who are stepping up and winning in the most challenging pressure-filled circumstances.

Why the Conversation You are Not Having is Holding You Back: Getting to The Last 8%

When facing a challenging conversation, most managers adequately cover the first 92% of content they want to cover. When they get to the more difficult part of the conversation, more often than not, they avoid the last 8% of the conversation. What’s missed is the critical information and feedback an individual or organization needs to improve performance, grow and achieve objectives.

Having the “Last 8% Conversation” is one of the key differentiators of world class organizations and while having them is not easy, it is a skill that can be learned and mastered.

In this powerful keynote, your team will learn:

  • What is a “Last 8% Conversation” and why most people avoid them.
  • How to have these conversations in a way that the other person can hear us.
  • How to navigate the difficult emotions that typically prompt us to avoid the Last 8% Conversation.
  • How to inspire your team to be more courageous and skillfully step into having the conversations they need to have.

All Change is Personal

Why Leading Through Disruption and Change is About People Not Technology

If the Hippocratic Oath main directive is ‘first, do no harm,’ then the brain’s is ‘first, keep alive.’ Yet the usual approach most organizations take in managing change and disruption does not take into consideration this neurological reality. Leaders bring their ‘five-point strategies’ or get overly focused on the latest technology and completely miss that real change happens in the mind, and more specifically, in the brains of their people.

To get your organization to successfully adapt to external disruption and the new world of work, requires managers and leaders to accept that all change is personal and that until they start managing from this point of view, their people will not step into uncertainty and take the risks required to achieve successful change efforts.

In this provocative keynote, your team will hear about other organizations that have succeeded in adapting to change and disruption by leveraging the operating system of the brain.

Your team will learn:

  • How to identify the traps leaders fall into as they attempt to manage the pressure of change.
  • How to create an environment of risk-taking and learning to adapt to disruption.
  • Concrete tools to help leaders manage their emotions, thoughts and conversations to lead more effectively in the face of change and uncertainty.
  • How to help your organization take action and approach the pressure associated with change and disruption with more confidence and enthusiasm.

Mindful Leadership

How to Use Mindfulness to Navigate Today’s Demanding, Complex World

From the moment we wake up, we are bombarded with emails and inundated with requests. Distractions today are stronger and more pervasive than at any other time in human history, diminishing our ‘attentional strength’. Yet leaders are expected to slow down, focus and make thoughtful decisions in a volatile, uncertain world. How is this possible? The answer is Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a practice that builds our attentional strength, increases our ability to deal with the ups and downs of work life and increases resilience. In the same way that we go to the gym to build strength and endurance, Mindfulness is like strengthening for our brain. It is the antidote for a multi-tasking world where leaders need to make important decisions, be present to engage people and inspire their teams to the next level of performance.

In this forward-thinking keynote, your team will learn:

  • The science of the brain under pressure.
  • An introduction to the practice of Mindfulness; its practice and health benefits.
  • Tools to slow down and be decisive when important decisions need to be made.
  • How to use Mindfulness to become a more effective leader that others will want to follow.

Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most

Why are some people able to deliver under pressure while others fall apart? This program, based on the ground-breaking New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most, answers this question. After studying more than 12,000 individuals from around the world, over seven years, IHHP learned what the top 10% performers do to succeed under pressure.

In this innovative, case study driven program, you will learn:

  • How to better manage pressure so instead of becoming a ‘derailer’ it becomes a competitive advantage to grow your career and help your organization drive performance.
  • Research from our study of 12,000 people and what the top 10% did to excel under pressure.
  • Three pressure insights that will help you avoid the sabotaging effects of pressure.
  • Stories of leaders and organizations who have managed pressure effectively to get to the other side of performance.
  • How to build your ‘COTE of Armor’ (Confidence, Optimism, Tenacity, Enthusiasm) to help inoculate you against pressure and increase your confidence as you walk into any pressure situation.

Managing Yourself and Coaching Others

Duration: One Day, Two Day
Target Audiences: Senior Executives, Managers

Research is clear: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and leadership. Increased EQ leads to increased resilience in the face of change, enhanced performance, better communication and greater success!

The Managing Yourself and Coaching Others curriculum has been designed to empower individuals to take more responsibility for their behaviour and performance. These two sessions, when combined, create a powerful and lasting learning experience: Self-Awareness and Emotional Management, and Emotional Connection: Coaching and Inspiring Others.

The following sessions, when combined, create a powerful and lasting learning experience. Each session can be delivered in half or full days.

Session One: Self-Awareness and Emotional Management

The session provides individuals with the following opportunities:

  • Increase awareness of the drivers of high performance and the key concepts of emotional intelligence
  • Understand the brain science of emotions that drive our behaviour
  • Increase Self-Awareness through self-assessment and interactive exercises, to identify the gaps between our intention and the impact we have on others
  • Learn strategies to Increase self-management and self-control during times of adversity, conflict and change
  • Practice techniques through interactive exercises

Module 1 – Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Module 2 – EI360TM Feedback Reports

  • Aligning Intention and Impact
  • Interpreting Your Data
  • Greatest Strengths, Greatest Developmental Needs
  • Personal Development Plan
  • Seeking Support

Module 3 – Key Strategies for Self-Awareness

  • Why Promising Careers Derail?
  • Development of the Human Brain
  • An Amygdala Hijack
  • Case Study Exercises
  • Self-Awareness Worksheet
  • Anagrams Exercise
  • Defining Emotional Success
  • Revisit Your EI360

Module 4 – Key Strategies for Emotional Management of Self

  • The Early Warning System
  • Self-soothing During Difficult Situations
  • Self-Management Practise
  • Revisit Your EI360

Session Two: Emotional Connection: Coaching and Inspiring Others

The session provides individuals with the following opportunities:

  • Review successes and challenges applying the EQ techniques learned in Day One
  • Learn what it means to truly connect with others and develop relationships that inspire and engage others
  • Learn strategies to develop Empathy and connection with others
  • Develop skills to become a more effective coach and inspire others
  • Understand how to approach difficult conversations in a non-threatening way
  • Practice techniques through interactive exercises

Module 5 – Key Strategies for Emotional Management of Others

  • Recognizing Hijacks in Others
  • Managing the Emotions of Others
  • Case Study Exercise
  • The Power of the Question
  • Revisit Your EI360

Module 6 – Key Strategies for Emotional Connection

  • Strengthening Empathy
  • Building Bridges
  • Coaching Others
  • The 3 L’s Technique
  • Coaching Scenarios Exercise
  • Coach the Coach Exercise
  • Revisit your EI360

Module 7 – Key Strategies for Personal Leadership

  • Specific and Measurable Goals
  • Personal Development Action Plan
  • Commitment to Two Developmental Goals
  • Prepare for Follow Up Coaching
  • Wrap up

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry’s training programs are facilitated using engaging presentations of key concepts, a variety of group and individual exercises, discussions and case studies. These exercises help to motivate, illustrate key learning points, demonstrate important skills and ‘drill down’ to the drivers of behaviour.

 

The Three Conversations Of Leadership

Duration: One Day
Target Audiences: Executives, Managers

This session allows individuals to understand and practice the Three Conversations of Leadership: Daily Conversations, Difficult Conversations, and Courageous Conversations. While daily conversations help build relationships based on trust and respect, difficult conversations allow you to give honest and candid feedback, hold people accountable, and give bad news in a way that ensures the person feels valued. Courageous conversation techniques allow you to speak your truth when there is tension and conflict.

The session provides individuals with the following opportunities:

  • Review successes and challenges of EQ techniques
  • Understand the importance and impact of the Three Conversations of Leadership:
  • Daily Conversations
  • Difficult conversations
  • Courageous Conversations
  • Practice the skill of having Daily Conversation that build relationships based on trust and respect.
  • Learn and practice techniques for having Difficult Conversations:
  • Giving honest and candid feedback without leaving the other person feeling “beaten up”
  • Holding people accountable in an engaging way
  • Giving bad news or saying “no” in a way that ensures the person feels valued
  • Learn the Art of Courageous Conversations: techniques to speak your truth when there is tension and conflict.

All of the Dr. Pawliw-Fry’s training programs are facilitated using engaging presentations of key concepts, a variety of group and individual exercises, discussions and case studies. These exercises help to motivate, illustrate key learning points, demonstrate important skills and ‘drill down’ to the drivers of our behaviour.

 

Emotional Intelligence: The Science of Leadership Under Pressure

Research is clear: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and leadership. Increased EQ leads to increased resilience in the face of change, enhanced performance, better communication and greater success!

JP Pawliw-Fry’s customized digital offerings pick up where his keynote leaves off, to  motivate, illustrate key learning points, demonstrate important skills, and ‘drill down’ to the drivers of our behaviour.