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If you can't stand the heat...

by Sellick Partnership | 29 August 2014

Since Wednesday night's episode of the Great British Bake Off, I have been totally shocked by the backlash against Diana for removing fellow contestant Ian's ice cream from the freezer causing it to melt.

For people who aren't familiar with the 80s throwback that is baked alaska, the ice cream is pretty important. It acts as the central core and main foundation for a baked alaska, which is then surrounded by sponge and covered in meringue.

Understandably, having a melted centre is catastrophic in the world of the baked alaska - although in the grand scheme of things, I don't think it would stack up against war and famine...

What does not seem to have been highlighted in any subsequent coverage is the hot headed tantrum that was played out by the other contestant. First of all taking no accountability for putting the ice cream in the wrong freezer, secondly shouting at a peer followed by throwing the melted ice cream, a perfectly good sponge and meringue in the bin - both of the latter could have been judged - and then storming out.

This ultimately led to the candidate being eliminated from the competition even though he probably wasn't the weakest baker.

I feel that the national uproar which has played out since Wednesday is rather ridiculous and the social media blame has been firmly placed on the other contestant. Of course it's frustrating that the ice cream melted and I do have sympathy with this contestant to that point - however, ultimately this kind of negative and dramatic action portrays somebody who doesn't work well under pressure, can't troubleshoot, doesn't have the emotional intelligence to remain calm in the face of a cooking calamity and acted somewhat like a petulant child.

Sometimes in business and the workplace, we may find ourselves in testing situations but it is important to keep a calm and logical approach.

If the promotion that you have been expecting hasn't been offered, rather than adopting a negative, victimised approach, it would be more conducive to take an introverted look at what you can change or do differently to ensure that you aren't overlooked next time.

If a work peer has dropped the ball on something, rather than playing the blame game and naming and shaming, you could offer a solution on rectifying the situation. Sometimes the people you meet on the way up are also there on the way down.

Professionalism in the workplace should be a way that we subconsciously behave; however, based on the relentless coverage of the Bake Off I'm not convinced that as a nation of employees we recognise this.

Ultimately, the heat is in the kitchen. If you can't handle it then you're in the wrong place.

How do you keep calm under pressure? Please share your coping mechanisms and techniques below.