Search Inside Yourself: How to Develop Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

June 29, 2020

June 22, 2021

Join me on July 14th for a free intro workshop to SIY.

For a long time, I struggled to use mindfulness in the day-to-day of my job. While I had started to experience the benefits of a daily meditation practice in my personal life, it didn’t quite translate into my work life.

Then in 2018, I lucked out and got a last minute registration to the extremely popular Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program at Google.

Over two days, we explored the neuroscience of mindfulness, saw how attention training can lead to enhanced emotional intelligence, and experimented with dozens of practical exercises that can be applied in daily life.

I walked away from that training changed, and armed with a set of skills and practices that allowed me to fully integrate mindfulness into my job.

What happened from there?

  • I experienced less stress and anxiety about work and life
  • I became more comfortable navigating difficult conversations and challenging situations
  • I felt more connected to my teammates
  • I noticed improvements in my attention, focus, and concentration.
  • I generally felt more ‘at peace’ with the world around me

Fast-forward to today, and I’m thrilled to share that I have just completed my training and I’m now officially a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher.

What is Search Inside Yourself?

Originally developed at Google in 2007, Search Inside Yourself teaches practical mindfulness, emotional intelligence and leadership tools to unlock your full potential at work and in life.

The program has gone global. It’s been taught at world-leading companies like SAP, LinkedIn, and Ford, and has been delivered in over 50 countries!

In short, SIY combines neuroscience, attention-training, and emotional intelligence and takes an evidence-based approach to building the skills that lead to outstanding leadership.

Building Blocks of Search Inside Yourself

What is the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute?

The program is managed by the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), a non-profit organization started in 2012 that is independent of Google. I love the vision and mission of SIYLI:

We are a global community making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible. Together, we’re working toward a more peaceful world in which all people feel connected and act with compassion.

Here’s a quick look at the benefits of SIY, but check out the full impact and results from SIYLI’s latest research here.

Benefits of Search Inside Yourself

Want to learn more?

Join me for a free online workshop on July 14th where you can get a hands-on introduction to the program. Register here.

Another great resource is the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute website. Here you can read about the research into the impact of SIY, learn about new programs, and sign up for a variety online events.

If you’d like to discuss bringing SIY to your organization, then get in touch directly with me at connor@connorswenson.com and we can explore the opportunity in more detail.

A big thanks to the teachers who made this possible, namely Meg Levie, Simon Moyes, and Brandon Rennels. And a lot of appreciation to the SIYLI team for their hard work in sustaining this program, namely Judith and Abri, as well as Tricia and Ruchika from Google’s SIY team!