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The Inspire Podcast

S3 E16 How to Embrace the Power of Pressure with Dane Jensen


What's the most pressure you've ever been under?" For his latest book, The Power of Pressure, Third Factor's CEO Dane Jensen, asked this question to thousands of people, from Olympic athletes and Navy SEALS to over-worked managers and busy parents, and discovered that while each experience is unique, pressure has patterns. These patterns are somewhat counter-intuitive, but once we learn to recognize them we can learn to use the energy that accompanies pressure to thrive. In short, pressure can be a wind at our back instead of a weight on our shoulders. In this episode of the Inspire Podcast (recorded live on November 3, 2021) Bart interviews Dane about what it takes to perform in peak moments of pressure, and how to bring renewed energy to tackle the biggest sources of pressure in your life. 00:00 Teaser 00:20 Inspire Podcast intro 00:58 Welcome 01:38 What is the Inspire Podcast? 02:21 Niagara Institute & Third Factor 02:53 About Dane 03:28 Book: The Power of Pressure 04:27 The Magic Portal 04:38 What’s the most pressure you’ve ever been under? 06:25 How did people answer that question? 06:54 Examples of pressure 09:39 Participants share their pressure moments 12:17 The experiences that people bring… 13:05 Collective experience of pressure 13:51 What do all these experiences share? 15:24 Dane’s research into pressure 16:12 Pressure is a double-edged sword 17:23 The pressure equation: Importance 17:56 The pressure equation part 2: Uncertainty 20:19 The modern world – volume of important/uncertain moments 22:10 Pressure of the grind 24:30 How to manage these elements 25:22 Difference between peak performance and the grind 26:37 The path to importance 27:04 Growth, Contribution and Connection 28:24 Peak pressure – disconnect a bit 28:52 The duality of importance 30:19 Focus on what’s not important during performance 30:47 Uncertainty 36:02 What can leaders do to help people with stress? 37:25 Create certainty around process not outcome 40:34 Group Q&A 41:04 Volume 42:33 Time management is a trap 47:35 How does this understanding or pressure change what leaders need to think about? 48:29 Leaders need to shape pressure to be effective 51:45 Thank yous