Search Inside Yourself, the unexpected path to success and happiness at work
Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and the supporting scientific evidence
Greater complexity outside requires greater clarity inside. Effective leadership isn’t about just checking off more tasks. It’s defined by how well we use our minds and interact with others. We need flexibility and clear purpose in the face of complexity. We need balance, insight, and the ability to inspire others.
Change from within
Born at Google and based on brain science, Search Inside Yourself (SIY) uses the practices of mindfulness to train Emotional Intelligence skills, leading to resilience, positive mindset, and centered leadership. In the midst of complexity, it’s about finding the inner capacity to create, to thrive, to lead. And it’s surprisingly fun. Backed by some of the world’s leading experts in neuroscience and mindfulness, SIY is changing thousands of lives in over a dozen countries.
SIY is a highly interactive workshop that integrates the theory and practices of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and the supporting scientific evidence. SIY provides the tools and skills to improve workplace effectiveness, leadership, and happiness.
Search Inside Yourself works in three steps
1 – Attention Training
Attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. Train attention to create a quality of mind that is both calm and alert. This quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional intelligence.
2 – Self-Knowledge and Self-Mastery
Use trained attention to understand cognitive and emotional processes. This knowledge provides the individual with the ability to regulate and master emotions.
3 – Create Useful Habits and Leadership Skills
Develop the habits of leading with compassion and communicating with insight. These habits can be trained and create trust that leads to highly productive collaborations.
TWO DAYS CORE PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The workshop is highly interactive and trains people to optimize performance, train leadership skills and increase well-being. Each session is approximately one-third content and two-thirds skill training. Skill training includes individual, dyadic and group exercise consisting of attention training, active listening with verbal feedback, writing exercise and emotion regulation.
Take a deep-dive into mindfulness-based practices for developing emotional intelligence. Learn practices that allow you to voluntarily bring your mind into a state that is calm, clear and focused on demand. These practices include sitting and walking meditation, journaling, interactive exercises and mindful conversation.
Develop a high-resolution perception into the process of emotional response by learning to listen to the body for emotions, and access them through meditation practice. You’ll also understand the role of unpleasant emotions in emotional intelligence.
- Become aware of your emotions and comfortable with your emotional range
- Become able to accurately assess yourself
- Develop self-confidence.
Self-regulation builds upon self-awareness. With awareness you can identify and work with emotional “triggers” and other emotionally difficult situations. In this session, you experiment with a number of practices for working in emotionally difficult situations. OUTCOMES
- Create the capacity for emotional self-mastery
- Develop inner strength for difficult situations that test your honesty and integrity
- Decrease your discomfort with disruptive change
The keys in using your emotional tendencies to help you reach your goals are finding alignment between what you do and what you value, knowing what you want in your ideal futures, and developing emotional resilience.
- Alignment: discovering your deepest values
- Envisioning: discovering your ideal futures
- Resilience: developing the optimism and emotional resilience to reach your goals
- Discover your intrinsic motivators
- Strengthen achievement drive and commitment towards your goals
- Develop healthy optimism
In this session, you will develop useful mental habits and listening skills that help you increase empathy.
- Understand the neuroscience of empathy
- Develop the mental habits of kindness, goodwill and objectivity
- Learn to listen to others for feelings
- Strengthen your ability to understand others’ feelings and perspective
- Increase your capacity to foster highly productive relationships based on trust and kindness.
In this session, you will learn social skills that help you be beloved even as you become a highly effective team member or leader.
- Leading with compassion
- Influencing with goodness
- Communicating with insight
- Become skillful at communicating and influencing
- Inspire trust
- Grow into a highly effective leader
Why SIY ?
The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Program utilizes science-based approaches that enhance the influence, communication effectiveness and organizational impact of senior leaders and managers. Designed and tested at Google, this program helps senior leaders and managers integrate useful mental habits that power the key dimensions of emotional intelligence and team organizational leadership—driving better decision making, inspiring trust and followership. The result is enhanced self-awareness and authenticity, better communication skills, stronger relationship building skills and the ability to lead with greater executive presence and impact. SIY teaches senior leaders and managers how to get breakthrough results in a way that is inspiring, engaging and compassionate.
In particular, Executives and managers who complete the SIY Leadership Program will learn foundational skills enabling them to:
- Manage complexity more effectively
- Grow stronger relationship-building skills with teams
- Develop more inner strength and resilience for difficult situations
- Inspire trust and followership
- Enhance self and organizational awareness that promote better execution and stronger team management
- Improve communication skills with individual team members, across the team and the larger organization, resulting in more impactful team leadership
- Support stronger coaching skills
- Enhance their ability to quickly and easily adapt to change
- Greater resilience and sustainable well-being for leaders and their team
Who’s using SIY ?
Search Inside Yourself Leadership institute has worked with organizations across many different industries, including technology, energy, banking, biotech, medical, insurance, automotive, plastics, gaming, telecommunications, and many more.
Paris, 2018 testimonies
SIY certified teachers
Ibrahim Bokharouss originally crossed paths with Search Inside Yourself at Google in 2009, where he was working as an engineer.
This sparked a multiyear and multipath journey of self-inquiry and self-development, eventually accumulating in the desire to give and share the insights and enrichments to others, starting with becoming a yoga teacher in 2013 and a Search Inside Yourself teacher at Google in 2015.
Around that time, he also shifted into initiating and working on mindfulness engineering projects at Google. Parallel to that he enjoyed being and learning in the fields, working with youth in developing countries and humans in refugee camps. In 2018 he joined Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, where as part of the product team he is exploring the role of technology in introducing and sustaining practices of wisdom and compassion, while also continuing teaching Search Inside Yourself programs across the world.
Dr. Svea von Hehn
Svea’s passion is to combine the rigor of evidence based consultancy with the wisdom of mindfulness in her work.
For almost 20 years she has been working internationally (e.g., in Europe, the US, China, Middle East) as a management consultant on organizational transformation & personal development for private & social sector clients. Among others, Svea worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company focusing on large-scale change and capability building programs. She holds a diploma and PhD in psychology, and is a certified systemic coach and SIY-teacher. Svea is author of several books on mindfulness & leadership.
Since 1994 she has practiced mindfulness and been trained by different meditation teachers (especially in the realm of Zen as disciple of Zen-Master Prof. Dr. Migaku Sato Rôshi). In her spare time, she practices Ashtanga-Yoga. She lives with her family (1 son) in Berlin.
Since 2012 she is co-CEO of the consultancy RETURN ON MEANING GmbH (www.returnonmeaning.com) with the vision of cultivating conditions for meaningful work in the workplace.
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