What we do
Bridging age-old mindfulness practice and modern neuroscience, Search Inside Yourself helps people in organizations bring out the best in themselves. We use a combination of live training, individual assessments, and ongoing programs to help individuals develop emotional intelligence skills to thrive in our complex, fast-paced society.
Origins of Search Inside Yourself
Search Inside Yourself was born at Google from one engineer’s dream to change the world and has become a globally recognized program. In 2007, a group of Google engineers brought together leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence to develop an in-house training for Google employees. This became Search Inside Yourself and quickly grew to be the most popular training program in the company.
In 2012, a separate not-for-profit, the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), was established to meet demand for the program from outside organizations. Google granted the IP and trademark rights to SIYLI which continues to
work with Google, as well as other corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world to bring the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program to as many people as possible. SIYLI’s mission is to help create the conditions for world peace.
Search Inside Yourself uses attention and
mindfulness training to help people build the
emotional intelligence skills needed for sustained
peak performance, strong collaboration, and
Workplace studies prove that emotional competencies predict
performance, effectiveness, and wellbeing.
Research shows that mindfulness is a foundational skill that underpins the inner growth: self-awareness, self management, and emotional skills.
Neuroscience shows that how we direct our attention determines the mental habits we form, the emotions we develop, and the results we experience.
Organizations look to Search Inside Yourself to help their employees learn skills to:
· Improve communication and collaboration skills
· Develop outstanding leadership
· Increase creativity and innovation
· Reduce stress and experience greater overall well-being
We share a personal commitment to practice what we teach. Our teachers are an amazing group of more than 100 experts around the world who have backgrounds in mindfulness, neuroscience, or business–several have founded their own organizations Teachers held prominent executive positions in leading companies.
A full list of SIYLI’s teachers is at siyli.org/certified-teachers.
What Makes SIY Special
The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Program takes a science-based approach that combines neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Through these three disciplines, SIY helps participants integrate the key building blocks for well-being, collaboration, and leadership. The program is highly interactive. It is approximately one-third content and two-thirds experiential exercises, including one-on-one and group conversations, attention-training practices, listening exercises, and writing activities. Each program is tailored for the client’s needs and presented through a different lens depending on the audience, while maintaining the combination of neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence that has made the program successful.
In an SIY program, you can expect to learn:
According to leader in the field of emotional intelligence, Daniel Goleman, the development of emotional intelligence relies on becoming more self-aware, which can be trained through mindfulness. Mindfulness,
being aware and open in the present, enables stability of mind and insight into how you are feeling, thinking and reacting. Mindfulness leads to better judgment
and emotional balance, especially in difficult situations. SIY teaches the neuroscience behind mindfulness and how to cultivate it as the foundational skill that enables emotional awareness, a calm and clear mind, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Challenging situations require us to have a keen sense of our own reactions and of the patterns of behavior and leadership that we bring to each conversation. SIY’s self-awareness practice enhances your perception of your emotions, habits, and behavior patterns. In particular, you’ll learn to how to gather useful “data” from unpleasant emotions that arise from setbacks, without becoming overwhelmed by them.
To navigate our opportunities and challenges, we need to confidently manage our reactions and response. Building on self- awareness, SIY teaches how to identify and work with emotional “triggers” and other difficult situations. In this session, you’ll experiment with a number of practices for working in emotionally charged situations.
Effective leaders and teammates are those who can understand colleagues and build relationships and trust. Understanding the science and practice of empathy also supports diverse teams to be more inclusive of their diversity. SIY teaches habits to increase empathy and strengthen your ability to understand others’ feelings and perspectives.
Emotional intelligence is an essential leadership skill. Learn to influence those around you with compassion, even while making difficult decisions, and learn how to communicate with greater insight into the different layers of emotions, perspectives, and identity that drive relationships.
When your work and life are aligned with your values and emotional tendencies, you will be more engaged in what you do, and more successful in reaching your goals.