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Toward a High-Performance Mind

November 15th - 10am to 5pm

About the workshop

As a tech leader (all levels), the amount of pressure and information you are asked to absorb and manage can be overwhelming.

Many tech leaders experience an overload of new priorities, information, and deadlines. These reduce productivity and kick off a negative feedback loop: Leadership performance drops, cognitive abilities exhaust, and more energy needs to be invested, only to achieve fewer outcomes.

This happened to me about 10 years ago – as a director of engineering at Yahoo! In Silicon Valley, I was known for my passion for tech, research, and innovation. I grew as a leader while managing various teams of up to 30 engineers. After some years of success, it became evident that my workload was just not sustainable, my mind wandered off, and my performance dropped. My mind was just unable to cope with the long-term pressure. But I knew I was more than capable of it.

As I realized the profound impact of mindfulness, I got motivated to learn and study the mind. That’s how I immersed myself really deep into mind-management practices.

However, as a scientist, I always had the feeling that mindfulness is somehow this “fluffy” thing.

  • How do I know that I meditate, right?
  • How do I know I’m making progress in clearing my mind from limiting or negative thoughts and false beliefs?
  • How do I know that all these mindfulness activities are actually helpful in evolving to become a better leader and the best version of myself?

I could not answer those. And so, my scientific mind kept nagging and introducing doubts. Subjectively I felt much better, so I knew I was onto something good.

I also found proof of their effectiveness as I built the Zalando’s Search, Personalization, and Research organization with up to 400 FTEs. Most importantly, it felt way less trouble than I had back then with a 30 people organization at Yahoo! The main driver for this had been the mind-management practices I implemented and refined over the years.

A few years ago, I had some “Aha” moments, and that was the starting point to a practice, which I now refer to as “Measurable Mindfulness”, a path toward a state of a High-Performance Mind and true self.

In this workshop, I motivate and give an introduction to how to use a scientific, structured, and data-driven process to systematically upgrade your mind by using clear key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and track your progress.

You will learn the basics in

  • measurable mindfulness & mind-management to upgrade your mind
  • introduction to epigenetics and biohacking to support optimal brain health

These are the first attempts at what I refer to as setting up your own effective mind-management & biohacking practice.

Mind management goes well beyond meditation. And a healthy mind needs a healthy brain to thrive fully. This is where the latest scientific findings in the area of epigenetics are essential to leveraging toward your journey of achieving a state of a High-Performance Mind.

After studying various aspects of mind-management, neuroscience, biohacking, epigenetics, mindfulness, as well as neurofeedback for over 10 years, I help tech leaders avoid failing in their careers because they have no science-driven strategy to manage their minds.

For this, I have developed a data-driven 12-week training program (see themindfulleader.net) leveraging the latest science and technology (e.g., wearable tech) to assist senior tech leaders in optimizing their mind and brain performance to thrive in high-pressure environments. The workshop gives you glimpses and actionable insights on how to get started on the fascinating to upgrading your mind and body.

I’ll share a few success stories with tech leaders I have been working with for the past years and how it impacted their leadership performance and effectiveness.

It will be a highly interactive event where you can get the answer to all of your questions about measurable mindfulness, mind-management, and epigenetics/biohacking.

About the host

Dr Reiner Kraft is a seasoned technology leader, engineer, scientist, technical advisor, trainer, executive coach, and teacher who shares transformative principles of presence, mind-management, and epigenetics/biohacking.