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 iPowered Self-management - Managing emotions, thinking, behavior and interactions.        
 
4 Hours – Forever Results


Overview

The April 2009 Harvard Business Review article entitled, How Toxic Colleagues Corrode Performance, cited studies that show people exposed to inappropriate behaviors reported a

  48% decreased their work effort,
  47% decreased their time at work,
  38% decreased their work quality,
  66% said their performance declined,
  80% lost work time worrying about the incident,
  63% lost time avoiding the offender,
  78% said their commitment to the organization declined.

Most of us, contrary to our values and good intentions, engage in defensive strategies when faced with the competing perspectives of others.  We automatically push our viewpoint, attempt to "win", and try to avoid being seen as wrong or not knowing.  Frequently we don’t even realize when we are doing it.  At other times somebody or something may push our reactive buttons and cause us to get stressed out, frustrated or angry.  Reactive responses typically involve blaming or judging  ourselves or others. All of these defensive strategies put “pebbles” in people’s shoes that generate or sustain breakdowns in relationships and unproductive conflict.

And that’s not all, most of us  also have difficulty adapting to disruptive change in work arrangements, relationships and the roles we play.

A survey of executive recruiters and out placement consultants found that 7 out of the 10 reasons why executives and managers fail are due to personality factors and values conflicts, not problems with job knowledge, experience, or technical competence. Another study reports that 80% of organizational problems are related to human relationships.

No matter how much we improve organizational structure and processes, or how effectively and quickly we get the right people together, with the right knowledge and information, the productiveness of our conversations, planning and decision making cannot thrive without altering these behavioral patterns.  We will continue to experience limited results if we do not learn self-management.

Learning Objectives:

Utilizing iPower, a breakthrough in human technology, participants develop greater awareness of  their thoughts, emotions and stress in real time and the power to overcome the momentum of feelings and habits and make more effective choices.

iPower made me much more aware of what is going on and enables me do something about it.   Manager PPG

Discovering and developing iPower and experiential exercises provide participants the power to transform their personality into an instrument of effectiveness by learning how to:

 Manage emotional reactions, unproductive thinking and stress.

  Stay cool, calm and collected when faced with frustrating situations and difficult people.
 
Recognize and manage defensive behaviors like personal attacks, blaming and judging.
 
Maintain the self-control that people respect and respond to.
 
Transform the critical and judgmental voice that whittles away confidence.
 
Stop old habits from taking over.
 
Modulate the need to always be right and win the argument.
 
Regulate the impulse to be overly direct, impatient and pushy.
 
Turn fear, anxiety or worry into power.
 
Quit worrying, second guessing and or thinking the worst will happen.
 
Quiet the mind when it won’t stop hashing and rehashing stuff.
 
Overcome the inclination to avoid challenging the status quo or confronting issues.

Discovering a deeper sense of “I” has dramatically helped me negotiate, manage conflict, effect change and coach others
. Manager, PPG

Become more resilient and adaptive when faced with new or novel challenges and situations.

  Recognize and overcome reluctance to change.

  Welcome new challenges, work arrangements and people.

  Step back from current ways of doing things and execute new behavior.

  Gain the freedom to change roles and behaviors, as needed, on the fly.

  Evolve-discover and accelerate the learning of new roles, mind-sets and skills.

iPower has helped me  adapt quickly and effectively to change. Manager, Sun Microsystems

I found it very useful in identifying and changing the things about myself that sabotage my ability to effectively lead. Director PPG

I can now observe all of my “success strategies” in action as I move through the day. Very cool.
Program Manager, Plaxo

Build motivation to overcome obstacles and make things happen.

  Stay motivated doing the less enjoyable aspects of the job.  

  Tap new sources of energy to overcome difficulty and tiredness.

  Quit procrastinating and avoiding difficult situations.

  Direct the energy of imagination and emotions towards purpose.

  Stop setting goals and not following through.

Strengthening my will made it easy to stay focused and committed, even when I don’t feel like it.  Manager, Baxter Laboratories

You broke down problems that happen every day in a way that makes it easier for me to understand people-especially why they act the way they do.      
Director PPG

What differentiates iPowered- Self-management from Emotional Intelligence and other self mastery training programs is iPower the power to observe behavior in action and make adjustments on the fly.  Some describe it as having a lighthouse on their shoulder that has both the power to illuminate and manage.   

The Trainer

Peter Stonefield, BSEE, MA, PhD. is President of Stonefield Learning Group, consultant, psychologist and author of numerous articles. He was an electronic engineer and manager for the Bunker-Ramo Corporation.  He has successfully completed over 200 consulting engagements, created more than 20 different training and development programs and coached over 200 executives and engineers. He has facilitated the development of 10 knowledge leveraging “Communities of Practice” in high-tech engineering and marketing organizations.  His client list includes Apple Computer, Baxter Laboratories, Dow Chemical, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, US Government, PPG and Sun Microsystems. He was the principal consultant to the winner of the President's Quality Award for Managing Change and the winner of the GSA Administrators Award for Managing Change in Government. 

He taught graduate level courses on Managing Innovation, Cognitive and Creative Process, The Purposeful Imagination, Leadership, Collaboration and Coaching.  Doctor Stonefield was a director of Learning In New Dimensions, a company that developed `super-learning´ techniques for use in business and education.

He recently drafted a vision for computing for Sun Microsystems. Peter’s mission is to catalyze and accelerate the evolution of organizations and people.