About

Five Min. Intro Video 

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Orange Bike Mind Workshop is designed to teach you how to ride a special kind of a bike – the bike of the mind. On this bike we “portray” three parts:

  • the front wheel tells you where to go (=openness),
  • the back wheel propels you (=focus),
  • the person who sits in the middle master both (=control).

In the 4-hr workshop, we (Prof. Sivan and the team) will explain, share, and then train you to be more effective in your cognitive abilities, in three states of the age of innovation:

  • managing day to day,
  • dealing with stress, and
  • harnessing new opportunities.

Typical Agenda

  • 08:30-09:00 Get-together and registration
  • 09:00-09:50 Background – the innovation age, wise intervention, and the bike model
  • 10:00-10:50 Three tools to install base “riding” techniques
  • 11:00-11:50 Three tools to install advanced “riding” techniques
  • 12:00-13:00 Reflect on the results, practice, and what to expect

Notes:

  • Plan to enjoy the workshop, no preparation is needed.
  • We will start on time.
  • Plan to stay the entire workshop.
  • Dress comfortably.
  • In some cases, participation calls for completing a short 3-min survey and a phone interview.

Common questions

1. Why Orange Bike?
It is an easy-to-remember metaphor. We will share why we chose the orange color, in the workshop.

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Theory — Why “orange bike”?

2. Could this really make me a better mind rider?
Yes — The workshop is designed as a “wise intervention” (more about that later) that will make you a better mind biker. Here is what people are saying from past 9 international pilot workshops (so pardon some of the English mishaps):

  • Bike metaphor simple. Good to bring to the community. People only tend to remember 3 things a time (“open, focus, control”).
  • Good packaging and attention to details. A good summary of basic techniques. How to relate tools to the bike.
  • About balancing openness and focus. Started with mind and branch outwards.
    Relaxing. Change the way of thinking. Helps to bring back “me” time. Reminds to stay positive. Reminds about “self-caring”. Listening part very good. Remind to listen more and to focus on people’s reaction.
  • Felt funny and awkward initially and kept thinking “Are you trying to change me?” Focus on “control”. Start to realize the power of meditation. Listening exercise useful. Help to dig out more from the conversation.
  • Make me aware that meditation can be open and not just focus. Tools can be used in HK to help people to get focus and can do them daily.
  • Bike concept very structured.
  • I was cynical at first. Some parts bored me. Two takeaways: 1. Feel comfortable just stop thinking about self. 2. Not to be reactive all the time and can be proactive. Good for work. Thinking of introducing it to my partners.
  • Got me to think that you can do it in your daily life. Not easy in a group situation but workshop provide a safe place to do meditations together. Feel comfortable. Need to seek out opportunities.
  • New experience. Help to think in new ways.
  • Reinforcement of concept. Like the bike. Good selection of tools and how it can take place. Huge connection to openness, focus, and control. Helps creativity. Needs to practice daily. Think of pairing with ideation workshop.

3. What is “wise intervention”?
It is a relatively short experience that can have a lasting impact on individuals and groups. See the Stanford paper that describes wise intervention

4. Who is leading the workshop?
Prof. Yesha Sivan (see www.dryesha.com). Yesha’s work focus is on linking venture, innovation, and digital. The workshop has been developed since 2013, where Yesha took a sabbatical in Hong Kong.

In brief:

Prof. Yesha Sivan the founder and CEO of i8 ventures (http://i8.ventures) – a business platform focusing on “Innovating innovating.” He is also a visiting professor of digital, innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School. Sivan’s professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments. He focuses on digital strategy (SVIT – Strategic Value of Innovation Technology), innovation and venture (employment black holes), mindful leadership (orange bike workshop), virtual worlds (3D3C platforms), and knowledge age standards (nine keys). After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught executives, EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise.

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Practice #5: Power Relax

5. Does this relate to being Mindful?
Yes, we are looking for effective ways to “install” mindfulness which is a well-researched domain, with thousands of years of tradition, and that is being practiced by leading firms like Google, McKinsey, General Mills, Aetna, and others (See Harvard Business Review Article). (I was asked if I have an organizational version of this workshop. The answer is yes.  But the internal organizational leader needs to lead the process. If interested, please use the contact form).

6. Is there tuition?
Yes. See the particular cost and conditions for the workshop you are invited to or wish to attend.
The regular cost is $888 + VAT (if needed).  You will get an invoice, if you need it, for “Orange Bike Management Workshop.”
In most cases, there is 100% Money Back Guarantee — if you are unhappy with the value of the workshop, please let us know within a week, we will refund your money — just let us know why we did not meet your experience — we’ll consider that our tuition.

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Practice#2: Walking Meditation

7. What will I get?
The tuition may include a short phone interview (after you have registered), the actual workshop — a small gift from us (to help you practice), and 10 days phone (SMS-WhatsApp) “pinging” (more about that on the last part of the workshop.)

8. What is the language of the workshop?
The slides are in English. The lecture language depends on your specific workshop. It will be noted on the registration form.

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Practice #1: Coffee Mediation

9. I have other questions
We can try to answer your questions, in due course, please see our contact form.  (At times it takes up to 10 days.)  If you register, you can also ask for the phone interview.

You are also invited to signup for future updates.

10. When are the next workshops?

  • See our home page
  • We announce new dates and location on our mailing list. Thanks (signup).