Executive Education

Search Inside Yourself


Alberta School of Business Executive Education, in partnership with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), is proud to present this ground-breaking course developed at Google.

 Date   Duration   Location   Investment
 Nov 27-28, 2017   2 days  Edmonton   1,800 +GST

Overview     Program Details     Who Should Attend     Course Outline     Instructors


The Search Inside Yourself workshop (SIY) is the unique two-day course that was developed and refined at Google. The workshop focus is on the five key domains of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills – with mindfulness practice, science, and leadership applications fully integrated at all levels.

SIY helps organizations address some of their most difficult challenges:
  • Building resilience in times of rapid change 
  • Helping leaders solve not just technical but adaptive problems, which have no clear answers 
  • Supporting people to thrive in a fast-paced, connected world without boundaries 
  • Creating an inspired workplace that supports true human development 

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.

Read why “goodness is good for business” in The Guardian’s interview with Google’s head of mindfulness.

Program Details

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:

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.

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.

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.

Program participants will:
  • Learn several mental training practices, including self-awareness, attention training and an introduction to emotional intelligence that are useful in enhancing work place skills.
  • Learn practices designed to enhance concentration and creativity, and improve self-awareness and emotional process, enhance self-confidence, optimism, and empathy.
  • Learn practices for developing alignment, clarifying vision and building resilience, as well as practices for leading with compassion and influencing with insight.

Who Should Attend?

Leaders in organizations everywhere. Each company and organization needs emotionally intelligent leaders. All organizations can benefit from a more mindful and self-aware workforce. This workshop is especially for those who want to support their organization’s ability to build an inspiring, high-performance workplace.

Course Outline

This course consists of four 1/2 day sessions. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am–8:30 am and sessions will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Day 1
Session One (AM)
Day 1
Session Two (PM) 
 Introduction, Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Self-awareness   Self-regulation and Motivation 
  • Introduction to emotional intelligence
  • Introduction to mindfulness 
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness and emotional intelligence
  • Intuition and decision-making
  • The theory, practice, and science of meditation
  • Self-awareness at work
  • Nine key emotional intelligence competencies
  • Science of self-awareness and self regulation
  • Emotional regulation
  • Understanding triggers
  • Self-regulation model
  • Alignment
  • Envisioning
Day 2
Session Three (AM) 
Day 2 
 Session Four (PM) 
 Motivation and Empathy  Empathy and Social Skills
  • Resilience
  • Neuroscience of motivation
  • The role of empathy in leadership
  • Understanding others
  • Neuroscience of empathy
  • Developing trust
  • Political awareness
  • Leadership and compassion
  • Influence with goodness
  • Communication with insight
  • Neuroscience with compassion
  • Teambuilding model and establishing trust
  • Difficult Conversations
  • "Connecting the dots"


All SIYLI coaches and trainers have an extensive background and personal commitment to embodying mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills. They have cultivated the presence and resilience to teach these skills, in the context of leadership development, while standing firmly in science. They come from diverse backgrounds and have accolades such as coaching senior leaders at Fortune 100s, working in top neuroscience labs and holding executive roles in top firms.

Simon Moyes
Program Instructor

Simon specializes in offering the wisdom and practices of mindfulness to people living a modern urban life. Simon regularly teaches Search Inside Yourself at Google, and he leads Young Urban Zen, a program in San Francisco which makes these ancient teachings accessible and relevant to a generation of people in their 20's and 30's.

Simon was born in Britain and studied and worked as an Architect before focusing on the study of the mind through meditation. After 15 years of intensive mindfulness training in India, Europe and North America, including 4 years as a Zen monk. His current work with the San Francisco Zen Center includes leading groups and retreats, and serving as project manager for the long-term vision of the organization.


Brandon Rennels
Program Instructor 

Brandon serves as teacher development manager at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, where he supports the organization in cultivating world-class mindfulness teachers. Brandon has taught the Search Inside Yourself course to a variety of audiences, ranging from global investment firms, to manufacturing companies, to social workers.

Prior to SIYLI he was a Senior Consultant for Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm. He worked across industries on a range of strategic initiatives, focusing primarily on capability building and facilitating change in large organizations. In this role he consulted for public and private enterprises throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.

Brandon has also spent years training in mindfulness at monasteries of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

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