Google workshop aids in search for success and self

Clarion, Pa.- Google is not just some company whose services make it easier for one to search the web or manage workflow, it is also pioneering ways for people to improve themselves.

A Clarion-based workshop is being hosted this year by Joseph Croskey, on two separate occasions, the first was last Saturday, Nov. 8 and the  the workshop will resume and conclude on Saturday Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ralston Hall.

Known as “the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute,” this self-improvement workshop began last Saturday with a book titled “Search inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace),” all of which started with Chade-Meng Tan, a former Google software engineer who moved on to be an official motivator at the company.

Croskey said, “[The workshop] is open to everybody yet focused on the workplace and understanding yourself through authentic leadership and emotional intelligence.” 

As such, the two-day workshop is designed to improve two things: personal well-being and leadership skills.  The goal is to make people more happy and effective.

In order to be a good leader, it was taught that mindfulness of self and others is of utmost importance. 

Being able to pay attention and listen to the needs of others, rather than just hear them, was emphasized throughout the workshop.

Part of being a good leader and also fulfilling the goal of happiness was emotional intelligence.  When taught, it was split into two sections focusing on self-awareness and self-regulation. 

It has been found that an increased level of emotional intelligence correlates with an increase in both leadership and well-being.  “That’s supported by the neuroscience,” Croskey said to his students.

Croskey was enthusiastic about being the instructor for the SIYLI Clarion workshop, he said, “The person who started the program wanted world peace; that attracted me.  Second, it helps people to know themselves in a deeper and more profound way.”

Individuals in attendance on Saturday ranged from sixth grade students to retirees; both had good things to say about the program.

Sixth grader Joe Hemm said, “I like learning period.  So far, I’ve learned how meditating can make one focus on something you didn’t know before.”

Retired United Methodist pastor Edd Myers attended the workshop this weekend

Paige Newcomb /  Clarion Call
Paige Newcomb / Clarion Call

with his daughter.  “The practice of meditation, taking several times a day to figure what’s going on in your life – is very important,” said Myers.

Relating to SIYLI’s higher vision of the workshop on Saturday, Myers said, “To have world peace, you have to start somewhere, and you have to start with yourself.”

SIYLI’s has yet a final mission: to create wise and compassionate leaders to see world peace happen.  Day two of the workshop seminar that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 22 will focus more on the qualities of motivation, empathy and leadership.  “If these things are there, we might actually make the conditions for world peace,” said Croskey.

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