Frédérique Charlier, Founding Partner at True Talk and Certified SIY Teacher, will soon be in Luxembourg to share her passion during the Search Inside Yourself session organized on November 7th and 8th at the Alvisse Parc Hotel. Today, she tells us more about this approach and its numerous benefits.

When and why was the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute created?

Search Inside Yourself began in 2007 when a team of leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence developed an internal course for fellow Google employees. It quickly became an incredibly popular training program within Google.

The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) was then established in 2012 as an independent nonprofit organization meant to make SIY accessible to individuals and organizations outside Google. Since then, Search Inside Yourself has become a globally recognized program and SIYLI continues to work with Google, as well as other corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world.


What is its vision and main mission? 

‘SIYLI is 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.’

We believe that mindfulness, emotional intelligence and compassion are essential ingredients for a peaceful world. Each person’s individual transformation indeed impacts their workplace, home, and community, contributing to a better world for all.

So what we do is translate complex concepts into techniques that all of us can easily understand and apply at work and in life. 

These are mindfulness techniques, mindfulness being the ability to focus on the present moment with curiosity and openness. 

It underpins our emotional intelligence: understanding ourselves and others, and acting deliberately and with empathy.  

The tools we choose are secular, evidence-based. These tools are applicable for everyone. Accordingly, we aim to be inclusive and reach a diverse range of individuals, communities and organizations.


How can these methods help employees achieve more? In other words, what are the benefits of this program?

We actually measure the impact of our work on an ongoing basis, surveying Search Inside Yourself program participants before and after the 2-day program and one month later.

And this data shows the impact of the program in three major areas: outstanding leadership, sustainable high performance and overall well-being.

Participants to the program indeed develop greater self-awareness and emotion regulation which help them communicate more clearly and effectively.  They also cultivate empathy and compassion which gives them the courage to step up and be of service.

The techniques they learn also help them intensify their focus, be more resilient in the face of challenge, manage stress, unleash creativity and innovative thinking.

As a consequence, they report experiencing greater overall well-being.


What about managers? How can they benefit from the SIY?

While Search Inside Yourself is a leadership program we also call the skills participants are learning ‘skills for living’.

We consider that we are all leaders of our lives and of our relationships, so whatever your role in an organization you can benefit from these skills at work or at home.

Now specifically referring to managers and leaders, beyond their technical skills it is these social and emotional competencies that distinguish the good leaders from the great ones. And here Daniel Goleman’s words probably offer an appropriate answer : « The most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way : they all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. (…) emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind and an endless supply of smart ideas, but they still won’t make a great leader. »

In other words by learning ‘self-leadership’ tools and techniques, participants develop a greater ability at ‘leading others’.

Publié le 11 octobre 2019