"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."
Engaging and dynamic... you'd never know he is a math and computer guy!
Bill has a rare perspective - he has advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and has 25 years of real-world business experience as a senior leader. Bill is very authentic about the fact that he struggled early in his career as a leader when he was under pressure. He shares how he has been able to apply the very same techniques he teaches to become a better leader (and husband and father) himself. In addition to using his background in sales to motivate and inspire audiences, Bill leverages his Mathematics and technical background to take a practical and scientific approach to helping people understand how the brain responds under pressure, and how that can help increase leadership and performance. Bill is a partner at the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP), a successful international research and training company, named one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" in the "Fast 100" ranking in PROFIT Magazine. Bill also contributed to the New York Times and Amazon bestselling book Performing Under Pressure, co-authored by IHHP's JP Pawliw-Fry and noted psychologist Hendrie Weisinger.
The combination of Bill's practical nature and scientific approach to leadership make him a hit with analytical audiences. His high energy level and enthusiasm has resulted in a successful track record with discerning audiences that include surgeons, U.S Marines and NASA engineers.
Featured Keynote Programs
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.
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
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 & strategies to effectively manage situations of tension and conflict.
• Self-awareness: understanding the impact of your leadership style and 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.
All Change is Personal
The Need to Focus On People During Disruptive Change
If the Hippocratic Oath's 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 operating systems (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.
"The sessions and interactive group work on Emotional Intelligence and Developing Talent were the two best days of training in my career - terrific learning experience that balanced business and leadership."
"Talking to Bill about Emotional intelligence got me jacked up - now I want to hit someone! EQ is what great athletes and coaches like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Bill Walsh tap into."
"Outstanding! We need more of this in all of the Army Training Programs. The parts on emotional intelligence and leadership were excellent and of great value to me"
"Excellent presentation! You did a terrific job of applying your topic contextually to mission safety at NASA. I wanted to hear more. Great program!"