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JP  Pawliw-Fry

JP Pawliw-Fry

Emotional Intelligence Expert


A leading authority on the impact of emotions on performance, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry is the co-director of IHHP-the Institute for Health and Human Potential. IHHP is a world leader in developing and delivering unique training programs in Emotional Intelligence to Increase Performance and Leadership. IHHP delivers their work on four continents to a who’s who of Fortune 500 organizations such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, John Hancock Insurance, Hostess Frito-Lay, Mercedes Benz, Ernst & Young, the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, as well as public organizations such as the U.S. Government and the U.S. Navy. Read More >

Pawliw-Fry is a world leader in developing and delivering training programs in Emotional Intelligence and has received acclaim as one of the leading new authorities on leadership; reaching audiences in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece, Australia and Europe. Pawliw-Fry is also one of the highest rated lectures at Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management Executive Education Program.

A highly sought after speaker on leadership and performance, Pawliw-Fry has been known to address a wide range of important issues. Following the terrible Columbine High School incident in Colorado where several high school students were killed, he helped to develop a nationwide violence prevention program. Pawliw-Fry also offered his expertise when asked to consult with the National Hockey League’s players, coaches and general managers on ways to increase emotional intelligence in the NHL. He also gave motivational support as a mental training and performance coach to a number of Olympic Athletes from four of the Olympic games.

Pawliw-Fry has had extensive training ranging from Queens University to Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is the author of You Can’t Stop the Waves But You Can Learn to Surf, as well as Mindful Morning Notes: A Path to Emotional Intelligence. Read Less ^

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The Power of Approach

Avoiding the difficult costs us. When we avoid what is difficult – the challenging tasks, relationships or change, we become less effective, with significant consequences to the business and to our people. Read More >


Successful leaders are those who learn to push through the anxiety, the discomfort, in order to approach the difficult and do the right thing. In fact, our research shows leaders who ‘approach’ the difficult outperform those who ‘avoid’ by 21%! If everyone on your team performed 21% higher, what impact would that have on your organization and your customers?

If you’re a leader who’s struggling, take heart: you can learn how to approach, rather than avoid. Based on seven years of research at IHHP, the Power of Approach identifies five key traits that help leaders consistently perform at their best, under even the most demanding circumstances. This compelling keynote will reveal these traits, show how the ‘micro decisions of leadership’ silently sabotage or enable leaders, and provide new ways of thinking that will enhance your learning capacity, leading you to sustained performance and well-being.

In The Power of Approach, participants will learn: the brain science of performance under pressure – how approaching what is difficult makes them more adaptable and flexible to a changing world; techniques to hold people accountable in a way that boosts employee performance; the traps that can cause leaders to diminish the engagement and effort of those around them; exercises that bring clarity to the most important tasks, relationships and change they need to focus on over the next 90 days. Read Less ^

• Redefining Leadership: What Highly Effective Leaders Do

• The Motivation Myth: High Performance Sales is Not Driven by Motivation but by Managing Setbacks Effectively

• You Can’t Stop the Waves But You Can Learn to Surf! Tools to Thrive in Turbulent Times

• The Olympic Difference: The One You Need to Know to Get to the Next Level of Performance

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