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For the longest time, we’ve associated prosperity, growth and success with happiness. And yet, look around and you’ll find that despite unprecedented advancement in every human endeavor, true happiness remains as elusive as ever. Even with the best intentions we find it difficult to experience genuine happiness, and struggle to lead powerfully without using formal power

  • Why is it that material gain and personal achievement have not led to greater well-being and better leadership?

  • Why do people remain stressed, on-edge and frustrated even when they possess inexhaustible wealth?

  • What is it in our pursuit of happiness that leaves us even less happy than ever before?

  • Why do we fail to learn from the likes of Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King on what it truly means to lead?

Maybe it’s time to redefine our idea of happiness. Maybe it’s time to refocus it from ‘having’ – more money, more riches, more of everything – to teing’; being contributive, being whole, being at peace Maybe it’s time to breathe new life into happiness by combining ancient wisdom with contemporary insight.

To do this, we invite you to take an uplifting, empowering and hopefully transformative journey into the country of Bhutan, where the concept of Gross National Happiness has changed the way the world looks at success and happiness.

WHERE WELL-BEING TAKES CENTRE STAGE

Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom, home to picture-perfect snow-capped panoramas, fascinating primeval forests and majestic monasteries. Here, there’s more countryside than anything else; expect sprawling natural vistas rather than mammoth shopping malls, calm unspoiled locales as opposed to urban hustle and bustle.

Its people are entrenched in ancient beliefs, yet the Bhutanese are anything but insular; in fact, they’re well educated, worldly-wise and fun-loving, with a deep connection not just to their cultural roots, but to everything that happens around them. They’re also exceptionally polite and genuinely helpful, carrying an aura of peacefulness that has become a hallmark of the country.

Unsurprisingly, environmental protection takes as much precedence here as cultural preservation; by law, at least 60% of the country’s total area must remain forested. In fact, this is so important that Bhutan isn’t merely carbon neutral, but actually absorbs more carbon than it releases.

It is perhaps apt that it is within this land where spiritualism and humanism co-exist, where modern thinking and traditional wisdom thrive in unison, and where nature and progress are intertwined, that the ground- breaking idea of Gross National Happiness was originated.

Happiness As It was Meant to Be

Gross National Happiness, or GNH, was introduced by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, in the 1970s. Its four pillars and nine domains focus on sustaining a balanced development that recognises both the tangible and intangible aspects of well-being.

Contrary to the arguments of its detractors, GNH doesn’t at all oppose material and economic progress, but rather rejects the emphasis on pursuing economic prosperity as the ultimate goal. As an alternative, it proposes an inclusive, holistic, equitable, sustainable and balanced development approach that prioritises societal happiness and well-being over economic growth for its own sake.

Iclif’s Journey to Happiness Programme draws inspiration from this approach, taking business leaders and innovators on a deep dive into happiness and well-being through first-hand experience of how GNH works in Bhutan. It expands on Iclif’s proprietary Leadership Energy concepts and practice by delving into the nine domains of GNH – psychological well-being, health, time use education, cultural diversity, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and living standards – through a full-on cultural and experiential immersion into the fabric of Bhutanese society. Iclif’s Journey to Happiness Programme

The desired outcome of this journey is a holistic understanding of the outer circumstances and the inner conditions for well-being, and how this can ignite personal leadership energy to help create a better future while bringing about greater happiness.

SEEING HAPPINESS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Jointly created by lclif’s faculty members and Dr. Julia Kim, Programme Director of the GNH Centre, the programme will enlighten you on the key principles of GNH within the context of Leadership Energy. You will explore the deep-seated causes and drivers of happiness, discover the source of our current epidemic of unhappiness, and see happiness from many different angles including through neuroscience, psychology, social epidemiology and economics. Through this unique combination of two powerful and timely concepts – the inexhaustible power of Leadership Energy that drives individuals to do extraordinary things, powered by a vision of authentic, actionable and sustainable happiness – you will embark on a deeply personal quest that will also benefit you in a professional and leadership capacity, encompassing a host of experiential activities including:
  • Session Journey
  • Participatory Workshops
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Awareness and mindfulness practice
  • Discussions with notable spiritual leaders, GNH experts and change-makers from Bhutan
  • Community visits and interaction

To truly immerse yourself in your discovery, you will traverse the pristine Himalayas, with breathtaking locales such as Paro, Thiumphu, the Punakha Valley and the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery as your ‘classrooms’, so to speak.

 

For the longest time, we’ve associated prosperity, growth and success with happiness. And yet, look around and you’ll find that despite unprecedented advancement in every human endeavor, true happiness remains as elusive as ever.

Why is it that material gain and personal achievement have not led to greater well-being? Why do people remain stressed, on edge and frustrated even when they possess inexhaustible wealth? What is it in our pursuit of happiness that leaves us even less happy than ever before?

Maybe it’s time to redefine our idea of happiness. Maybe it’s time to refocus it from ‘having’ – more money, more riches, more of everything – to teing’; being contributive, being whole, being at peace Maybe it’s time to breathe new life into happiness by combining ancient wisdom with contemporary insight.

To do this, we invite you to take an uplifting, empowering and hopefully transformative journey into the country of Bhutan, where the concept of Gross National Happiness has changed the way the world looks at success and happiness.

The answer could lie in the ancient practice of Mindfulness.

WHERE WELL-BEING TAKES CENTRE STAGE

Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom, home to picture-perfect snow-capped panoramas, fascinating primeval forests and majestic monasteries. Here, there’s more countryside than anything else; expect sprawling natural vistas rather than mammoth shopping malls, calm unspoiled locales as opposed to urban hustle and bustle.

Its people are entrenched in ancient beliefs, yet the Bhutanese are anything but insular; in fact, they’re well educated, worldly-wise and fun-loving, with a deep connection not just to their cultural roots, but to everything that happens around them. They’re also exceptionally polite and genuinely helpful, carrying an aura of peacefulness that has become a hallmark of the country.

Unsurprisingly, environmental protection takes as much precedence here as cultural preservation; by law, at least 60% of the country’s total area must remain forested. In fact, this is so important that Bhutan isn’t merely carbon neutral, but actually absorbs more carbon than it releases.

It is perhaps apt that it is within this land where spiritualism and humanism co-exist, where modern thinking and traditional wisdom thrive in unison, and where nature and progress are intertwined, that the ground- breaking idea of Gross National Happiness was originated.

Happiness As It was Meant to Be

Gross National Happiness, or GNH, was introduced by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, in the 1970s. Its four pillars and nine domains focus on sustaining a balanced development that recognises both the tangible and intangible aspects of well-being.

Contrary to the arguments of its detractors, GNH doesn’t at all oppose material and economic progress, but rather rejects the emphasis on pursuing economic prosperity as the ultimate goal. As an alternative, it proposes an inclusive, holistic, equitable, sustainable and balanced development approach that prioritises societal happiness and well-being over economic growth for its own sake.

Iclif’s Journey to Happiness Programme draws inspiration from this approach, taking business leaders and innovators on a deep dive into happiness and well-being through first-hand experience of how GNH works in Bhutan. It expands on Iclif’s proprietary Leadership Energy concepts and practice by delving into the nine domains of GNH – psychological well-being, health, time use education, cultural diversity, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and living standards – through a full-on cultural and experiential immersion into the fabric of Bhutanese society. Iclif’s Journey to Happiness Programme

The desired outcome of this journey is a holistic understanding of the outer circumstances and the inner conditions for well-being, and how this can ignite personal leadership energy to help create a better future while bringing about greater happiness.

SEEING HAPPINESS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Jointly created by lclit.’s faculty members and Dr. Julia Kim, Programme Director of the GNH Centre, the programme will enlighten you on the key principles of GNH within the context of Leadership Energy. You will explore the deep-seated causes and drivers of happiness, discover the source of our current epidemic of unhappiness, and see happiness from many different angles including through neuroscience, psychology, social epidemiology and economics. Through this unique combination of two powerful and timely concepts – the inexhaustible power of Leadership Energy that drives individuals to do extraordinary things, powered by a vision of authentic, actionable and sustainable happiness – you will embark on a deeply personal quest that will also benefit you in a professional and leadership capacity, encompassing a host of experiential activities including:
  • Session Journey
  • Participatory Workshops
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Awareness and mindfulness practice
  • Discussions with notable spiritual leaders, GNH experts and change-makers from Bhutan
  • Community visits and interaction

To truly immerse yourself in your discovery, you will traverse the pristine Himalayas, with breathtaking locales such as Paro, Thiumphu, the Punakha Valley and the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery as your ‘classrooms’, so to speak.

Throughout this first-of-its-kind 5-day programme, you will learn

  • Identify Resources of long-lasting happiness and leadership success
  • Engage the deep self-reflection to maximise personal leadership energy
  • Understand the importance of both outer circumstances and inner conditions for maximising happiness and leadership success
  • recognise and shape the drivers of enterprise leadership success
  • immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Bhutan while exploring new possibilities for personal and enterprise growth
  • Engage the deep self-reflection to maximise personal leadership energy
  • Find your own path to happiness derived from personal values, beliefs and vision
  • Mingle and network with individuals of many difference backgrounds and discover the value of diversity

So, the question is; are you ready to take the first step in your journey to happiness — in every sense of the word? Spaces are limited, so register now to secure your seat. Log on to www.iclif.org/programme/LeadershipBhutan or call our representatives to sign up.

Objectives:

  • Identify sources of long-lasting happiness and leadership success
  • Engage in deep self-reflection to maximize personal leadership energy
  • Understand the importance of both outer circumstances and inner conditions for maximizing happiness and leadership success
  • Recognize and shape the drivers of enterprise leadership success - the three pillars of sustainable growth
  • Soak in the culture and beauty of Bhutan, and derive important lessons for both personal and enterprise growth
  • Make new friends and have fun

Event Itinerary

Note:
  • Programme date(s) and venue are subject to availability and change
  • Participants from Malaysia should select payment in MYR
  • International participants should select payment in USD
  • HRDF (Malaysia) claimable
  • Terms & Conditions apply
Subject to change

Programme Director and Faculty

Rajeev Peshawaria

CEO of the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre, author of the Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller Open Source…

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Lalit Gupta

Lalit has over 30 years of extensive business leadership experience across countries in Asia Pacific and Japan. His experience covers…

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Julia Kim

Dr. Julia Kim is the current Programme Director at GNH Happiness) Centre Bhutan, and a member the International Expert Working…

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