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Performance Under Pressure – Taking Action

Understand Your Reactions, Take Action, Deal with Colleagues, and Be Always Ready for Potentially Stressful Situations
Instructor:
Sorin Dumitrascu
1,263 students enrolled
English
avoid overanalysis and overconfidence in high-pressure situations
understand the challenge in a high-pressure situation from emotional reactions
manage your automatic thoughts to optimize perceptions in high-pressure situations
follow appropriate steps in the process of taking action in a high-pressure
take effective action to resolve a challenge in a high-pressure situation

This is the second part of a series of three courses on Performance Under Pressure and focuses on Taking Action. And, in this course, you are going to learn not only how to take action under pressure, but also how to avoid over-thinking and over-confidence, and understand what exactly the challenge is.

Acting effectively in high-pressure situations is not easy. Over-confidence can lead to poor judgment, and over-thinking the situation can lead to paralysis. Also, your perception may become clouded by negative thoughts and emotions in times of pressure. But it’s exactly at these times that you need to perceive the challenges most clearly so that you can set appropriate goals and take effective action to achieve them.

This course sets out some principles to help you avoid the dangers of overconfidence and overthinking, which can impair your performance when under pressure. It then teaches a technique for clarifying your perceptions in such situations and creating an action plan to optimize your performance under pressure.

Professionals who want to develop their abilities to manage the stress that comes with working under pressure, and those who want to develop or refine their skills for performing under pressure will benefit from this course.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • avoid over-analysis and over-confidence in high-pressure situations,
  • understand the challenge in a high-pressure situation from emotional reactions,
  • manage automatic thoughts to optimize perceptions in high-pressure situations,
  • use appropriate steps in the process of taking action in a high-pressure situation, and
  • take action in pressure situations to match every challenge.

So, thank you for considering this course. The course includes video lectures, quizzes, examples and exercises and a small optional course project. All should take you not more than 2 hours to finish.

The course comes with a 30 days, no question asked, guarantee. Now, go ahead and hit that “Take the course” button, and see you on the inside!

Course Introduction

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About the Course

High-pressure environments can be hard on professional relationships. You can so easily get caught up with a major project or looming deadline that your interpersonal skills slip. Under pressure, you may start to make instinctive emotional reactions as your awareness of others' feelings fades.

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Course Overview

In order to maintain the highest level of performance, it's important to understand and control your own reactions to pressure and to handle the effects of pressure on colleagues. There are many circumstances where interactions with colleagues can generate pressure.

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Course Guidelines

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Course Introduction

Underdstand course objectives, structure and method

Avoiding Over-analysis and Over-confidence

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Overcoming Over-analysis

To perform well under pressure you need to think sufficiently about what needs to be done, but not fall into the trap of overthinking your performance. Similarly, you should have confidence in your abilities and knowledge, but not to the point where your arrogance impairs your judgment.

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Overcoming Over-confidence

Overconfidence leads people to underestimate challenges and fail to ask whether their skills, experience, and knowledge are sufficient to accomplish the task at hand. An example of an overconfident response is refusing to consider alternatives to opinions and decisions.

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Countering Over-thinking

To use this tool, begin identifying a task that you're struggling with, and read the list of statements often related to overthinking. Then, put a check next to those that apply to your current task. Finally, write statements that counter those that apply to you. You can print this table in a word processing or spreadsheet application and use it to complete this activity.

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Avoiding Over-analysis and Over-confidence

Avoid over-analysis and over-confidence in high-pressure situations

Defining the Challenge

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Preventing Thought Distortions

Thought distortions can affect your performance, especially when you're under pressure. Use this table as an aid to recognize if and how your thoughts are being affected by pressure, and determine how you can revise them if necessary.

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Revising Automatic Thoughts

The stress you feel in a situation can be influenced by how you interpret the situation. When you perceive a situation negatively, you may perform below your ability. To help you perceive a situation more clearly, you can follow a four-step method.

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Identifying the Challenge

The next step is to determine what exactly needs to be accomplished. This allows you to minimize emotional distractions and focus on dealing with the situation. Finally, this clarifies your priorities and, when others are involved, helps to establish a common understanding of the issue.

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Defining the Challenge

To take action in high pressure situations, you need to first make sure you've optimized how you look at the challenge. This means asking whether your perception may be distorted by emotion and revising any thoughts that are obscured. Then you should clarify what the real challenge is.

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Defining the Challenge

Understand the challenge in a high-pressure situation from emotional reactions and revise automatic thoughts to optimize perceptions in high-pressure situations.

Identifying Solutions and Taking Action

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Identify Your Goal

The second step of the method for taking action is to identify your goal. To help identify it, ask "What do I need to achieve?" You need to be clear about the challenge, and what kind of solution is acceptable, before you can prescribe any actions.

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Generate and Evaluate Solutions

Once you've defined your challenge and identified your goal, the third step is to generate and evaluate possible solutions. This involves thinking about what kind of actions you could take and the effects they may have.

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Design a Plan of Action

Once you've decided on a solution, the final step is to design a plan of action to implement the solution you've chosen. The first thing you should do is divide what needs to be done into manageable tasks or steps that can be accomplished with relative ease. This can help to keep you from being overwhelmed by the pressure, or becoming paralyzed by over-analysis.

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Taking Action Under Pressure

Having a strategy in place for taking action under pressure can help you to perform more effectively. Use the table to review the steps of the process and the actions associated with each step.

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Practice Managing Pressure

Many stress-induced reactions are driven by automatic thoughts linked to emotions. By learning to recognize these kinds of thought distortions, you can optimize your responses to high-pressure situations.

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Identifying Solutions and Taking Action

Follow the appropriate steps in the process of taking action in a high-pressure

Taking Action Under Pressure

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Course Project (Optional)

Course project (optional)

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Taking Action Under Pressure

This course sets out some principles to help you avoid the dangers of overconfidence and overthinking, which can impair your performance when under pressure. It then teaches a technique for clarifying your perceptions in such situations and creating an action plan to optimize your performance under pressure.

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Taking Action Under Pressure

Next steps and course wrap-up

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Bonus Lecture

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