Leading Under Pressure: Collaborating During High Stress Situations

This workshop addresses two kinds of high pressure situations: sudden crises, and longer-term "slow burn" situations that create considerable stress and burnout.

  1. Crises involve situations where the stakes are high and decisions must be made in very short time frames, often with inadequate information, such as:

    • Dealing with natural disasters
    • Termination of a mission
    • Loss of primary computer network
    • Real or alleged problems that are widely publicized (e.g., misuse of funds, terrible customer service, a scandal)

  2. Ongoing, "slow burn" problems aren't necessarily time-bound but they can be devastating for the organization and its staff if not addressed effectively. For instance:

    • A chronically-understaffed office where important work can't be completed
    • Constantly-changing priorities, and frequent false "crises"
    • Two or more organizational units that continually fight over turf and funding
    • A hostile work environment

This course addresses both kinds of high pressure situations.

We discuss a number of strategies for dealing with these challenges. The common thread: high pressure situations require strong and visible leadership, active collaboration internally and with partners, the use of strong pre-existing relationships, and fluid two-way communications with staff and other stakeholders.

And we deal with such questions as:
  • How do you keep staff members' energy and morale up in these situations?
  • How do you manage communications effectively when rumors keep flying?
  • How can you provide a "protective shield" to your staff so that they can focus on the work?
  • How do you and your staff learn from the situation, and deal with burnout?
What you'll leave with:
  • Specific steps to take before, during and after high pressure situations
  • Tools to help you assess risk and manage communications
  • Examples of managers and leaders who handled high pressure situations well
  • The outline of a plan for your organization to follow

This practical hands-on course increases participantsí ability to lead under pressure, confidently and successfully.

Workshop Length:

1 day and 2 day sessions.

Cost for this workshop:

1 day: $3,000 plus expenses.

2 days: $6,000 plus expenses

This is the cost to put on the workshop for groups up to 30, at the client's location.

NOTE: Workshops are customized for each client, and are offered at a location and on a date suitable for the client.

Who Should Attend:

People in management and leadership positions who sometimes have to deal with crises and/or "slow burn" situations.

To Contact Us:

E-mail us at russlinden1946@gmail.com
You can also call: (434) 242-8586


Other Workshops Offered:

The Art of Strategic Thinking and Acting

Five Leverage Points for Breakthrough Performance

The Human Side of Change

Designing a Customer-Focused Organization

Seamless Government: What? Why? And How?

Collaborating Across Organizational Boundaries