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As a math and computer science guy, Bill Benjamin discovered the power of managing emotions while he was working in the technology industry. Bill is very honest about the struggles he had early in his career as a leader. He was so impressed by the Institute for Health and Human Potential [IHHP]’s brain science based approach to Emotional Intelligence, and even more so by its practical applications, that he became a partner in the company. Now that’s commitment!

Bill’s experience in technology and sales gives him real-world experience in the types of challenges that organizations face today. His analytical background in math and computer science drives him 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 has an authentic approach that resonates with the audience and especially with those that might be typically resistant to the important relationship between ‘soft-skills’ and exceptional leadership. A natural storyteller, he balances anecdotes with science and research to engage all types of participants. When he is not speaking, Bill spends time working with senior leaders and their teams at Fortune 500 companies helping them overcome the barriers that often hold them back from reaching their full potential.

He loves to write and contributed to the New York Times and Amazon bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, co-authored by IHHP’s JP Pawliw-Fry and published in 65 countries with multiple translations. Bill is also a regular contributor to CEO magazine, Training Magazine, as well as other leadership publications.

Bill is originally from Canada and moved to New York City in the nineties. He now calls Chicago home and it is here you will find him indulging in his other passions – his family, scotch, and cycling.

  • 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.

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  • NASA Johnson Space Center
    03/26/2022 at 12:30 pm

    “Excellent presentation! You did a terrific job of applying your topic contextually to mission safety at NASA. I wanted to hear more. Great program!”
    NASA Johnson Space Center

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  • U.S. Army
    03/26/2022 at 12:30 pm

    “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”
    U.S. Army

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  • National Institutes of Health
    03/26/2022 at 12:29 pm

    “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.”

    National Institutes of Health

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  • UnitedHealth Group
    03/26/2022 at 12:29 pm

    “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.”
    UnitedHealth Group

  • Ronnie Lott
    03/26/2022 at 12:29 pm

    “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.”

    Ronnie Lott – San Francisco 49ers

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  • Coca-Cola
    03/26/2022 at 12:29 pm

    You really kept everyone’s attention with your great stories and analogies. Your passion for what you do is refreshing. Thank you for making the conference a truly inspiring event.

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  • Intel Corporation
    03/26/2022 at 12:29 pm

    This was an insightful and practical session. I liked the way you had us practice the strategies rather than just telling us about them. That way, I’ll actually remember it!
    Intel Corporation

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  • Mayo Clinic
    03/26/2022 at 12:28 pm

    Your virtual presentation was incredibly engaging, informative and precisely what the team needed at this challenging time. We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback and many wonderful comments from your interactive session. Thank you!

    Mayo Clinic

  • Air National Guard
    03/26/2022 at 12:28 pm

    In a couple of challenging situations after the session, my Squadron immediately put the techniques to use! Thanks, Bill.
    Air National Guard

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