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Search Inside Yourself

With neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence on the path to success

By Ciaran Green (BSc International Management Double Degree)

Invented and tested by Google, in use at ESB Business School: On 21 and 22 May, 20 students from ESB Business School had the opportunity to take part in a “Search inside yourself” (SIY) training course.

The trainers Brigitta Wurnig and Marte Kamzelas taught the students how to improve their performance and mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, how to stay concentrated, how to work better with others and how to recognise and enhance their leadership skills. SIY training courses are usually conducted for managers at global players such as SAP. It was therefore a particularly nice experience for the trainers to see the positive response the course contents also generated in the students.  

The participants from various Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes at ESB Business School were particularly enthusiastic about the neuroscientific approach of the SYI training and the many applications in everyday life. In particular, the method of journaling was very popular with the students. At the same time, they shaped the workshop by introducing questions such as “How do you manage to get rather conservative managers interested in SYI training?” or “Isn’t resilience innate?”. Particularly surprising for the students was the answer to the latter question that skills such as resilience can be learned and developed and are not, as is often assumed, innate. After the training, the group was convinced that the skills learned in the SYI training could be applied in both personal and professional life. At the end of the two-day session, they named “negotiations“, “conflict in a partnership” or “notices of termination” as possible scenarios for the use of the skills and strategies taught in the SIY training.  In conclusion, the students were very grateful for the training of the dedicated coaches, who, despite the switch to digital media, handled the participants with empathy and attentiveness.