Born at Google: Search Inside Yourself

The popular Search Inside Yourself (SIY) 2-day program, Born at GOOGLE, is returning to Shanghai again this December, brought to us by Octave. This leadership program introduces practical tools for focus, self-awareness and resilience. Based on modern neuroscience, the program began at Google, and has since spread to Ford, SAP, LinkedIn, American Express, Roche and other corporations in subsequent years. The December 2018 program we will see Craig Davis and Linda Curtis (check out our interview with her) leading two-day workshop for executive leaders, sharing the same tools and training that executives at hyper-growth companies have been receiving since the institute's inception. Early Bird price closed down on Oct 26. (lunch and dinner not included with the ticket) Google's got a special deal: group purchases of 3 or more tickets get the early-bird price (7,000rmb each). Contact us for Google's special group deal: purchases of 3 or more tickets get the early-bird price (7,000rmb each).
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Born at Google: Search Inside Yourself


Given audience feedback for the female perspective, this December's workshop will include Linda Curtis – previous banking executive and Craig Davis.

 Craig Davis

Craig is a serial entrepreneur — having started or partnered in 11 ventures since university and having worked in 5 more — a creative industry leader, an acclaimed CMO, and one of a select few Certified SIY Teachers in the world.


Originally hailing from a small country town, today, Craig finds himself living and working all over the world as Creative Chief Officer for J. Walter Thompson. In his storied career, Craig has helped global companies like Toyota, HSBC, Proctor& Gamble, Coca Cola, Sony, Vodafone, PayPal, Virgin and Unilever, among others win a slew of international awards — yes, his mum was bery proud! — but success in his field came at a high price physically and emotionally, and he decided to change direction to explore a more “conscious” ways of living and working.


Craig is a passionate believer in creating satisfying and sustainable business success and does his best to practice what he teaches. He is Co-Founder and CMO of digital disrupter Sendle, a technology startup taking on Australia Post by making parcel delivery simple, reliable, and affordable for small and medium-sized businesses. Sendle has made the AFR’s list of Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Australia two years in a row, and is Australia’s first certified technology B Crop, Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral delivery service, and a Telstra Business Award winner.


Craig has also been named as one of Australia’s Top 10 CMOs for each of the last two years. In his spare time, he hangs out with friends and family (wife and three teens), sails, surfs, rides, reads, blogs, meditates, and does yoga — and he happens to be the fastest Australian to run a marathon at the North Pole.


In addition to all that, Craig is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, a guest lecturer at UNSW, and a keynote speaker represented exclusively by Saxton.


Linda Curtis

Linda is the first female SIY practitioner to join the Shanghai programs. Linda has held senior positions at U.S. Bancorp, the Harris Bank of Chicago and led an award-winning business development team at Visa.  Linda has consulted with hundreds of private and corporate clients such as MASTERCARD, NASDAQ OMX, ORACLE, WALGREENS and YAHOO.

Linda attended DePaul University, where she studied organizational development and did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago’s Graham School of Continuing Education, the American Management Association and Visa’s Bankcard Management School.  She is a graduate of the Integral Coaching Program at New Ventures West. 

Programme provided by the event organizer and is subject to change.


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About the program  

This highly interactive two-day workshop is followed up with four weeks of individual and peer-to-peer practices and completed with a communal webinar. The program curriculum brings together mindfulness, neuroscience, leadership training and emotional intelligence.  

Search Inside Yourself uses highly practical and scientifically verified methods that improve emotional intelligence, resilience, creativity, communication, productivity and personal and organizational leadership.  

The program includes the following core components:  

  • Overview of the neuroscience of emotion, perception and behavior change  
  • Definition of emotional intelligence and its personal and professional benefits  
  • Attention training to enable greater emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-mastery, motivation and connection with self and others  
  • Principles and practices for developing healthy mental habits that accelerate wellbeing, including effective listening, generosity, empathy, communication and social skills  
  • Mindfulness and reflection practices that support happiness, thriving and overall wellbeing  
  • Exercises include attention training practice, dyad conversations, writing, walking and group conversations  


SIY teaches emotional intelligence skills that lead to sustained peak performance, strong collaboration and effective leadership.      

  • Learn mindfulness and attention training to increase your self-awareness, which can be applied to a wide variety of situations to respond thoughtfully, rather than react defensively.
  • Develop your empathy to communicate more effectively.
  • Increase your resilience and bounce back from setbacks with a growth-oriented mindset.     Create head space to unleash creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Putting all of these traits into practice creates a positive emotional and mental state which is the foundation of strong and inspiring leadership presence.   

 Previous Participants

CEO's, GM's, VP's and directors, as well as corporate groups, attended from the following organizations.  Join us, you'll be in good company. 





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