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"Leadership Mood Management:
Emotional Contagion in the Workplace"

With Mary Etta Eaton and Dana Steidtmann

Event Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:00-8:00 PM
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Do you ever find yourself hijacked by intense emotional reactions when feeling disrespected, criticized, or threatened at work? As scientific leaders or tech professionals, setbacks such as being passed over for promotions, patents, research grants, publications, or investor seed money are facts of life. Lingering self-doubts or knee-jerk negative thought patterns can harm our interpersonal effectiveness in difficult dialogues with colleagues. In fact, emotional intelligence, or “EQ”, and effective communication skills are the biggest predictors of success at top levels of organizational management. Yet maintaining a constructive mindset in the face of a stressful work environment is a continual challenge.

This hands-on practical workshop uses proven behavioral tools to help you change the way you feel by changing the way you think. Applied exercises assist in clarifying the values that drive you. By pausing and objectively examining evidence, you learn to replace emotionally charged “hot” thoughts with alternative/balanced thinking. You will leave with a step-by-step game plan to prepare for high-stakes conflict conversations. As a leader or project member, avoid the ripple effect of toxic emotions that hurt team cohesiveness and productivity…learn to “capture that thought”!


- Mary Etta Eaton, “the PitchDoc”, is a Silicon Valley leadership communications coach & Instructor at Stanford University School of Engineering and Foothill College who advises managers & tech professionals in startups and public companies. Mary Etta’s previous management experience included Marketing, Sales Development, and Management Development & Training at HP. She led teams responsible for communications to worldwide sales and customers including product strategy presentations to Fortune 500 companies. Mary Etta received her BS degree in Speech Communication Education from University of Maryland and her MS in Organizational Communication from Purdue.

- Dana Steidtmann is a Licensed Psychologist (License # PSY24591) and a Research Fellow in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She received a PhD in psychology from the University of Kansas. In her clinical work, she counsels individuals and advises groups on mood management strategies. Dr. Steidtmann currently works with clients from Stanford and the Silicon Valley technology community, with a focus on mood management in the context of high pressure, fast-paced environments. Her research is aimed at identifying practical, effective strategies for improving emotional wellbeing.

This event is kindly sponsored by Stanford Office of Technology Licensing (OTL).

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