With Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers and personal growth pioneer, offers a proven method for enhancing mindfulness and emotional intelligence in life and work.
Meng’s job is to teach Google’s best and brightest how to apply mindfulness techniques in the office and beyond; now, readers everywhere can get insider access to one of the most sought after classes in the country, a course in health, happiness and creativity that is improving the livelihood and productivity of those responsible for one of the most successful businesses in the world.
With forewords by Daniel Goleman, author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness expert and author of Coming To Our Senses, Meng’s Search Inside Yourself is an invaluable guide to achieving your own best potential.
“Google engineer, Chade-Meng Tan’s book shows that to avoid certain kinds of results, you need to change the conditions that give rise to them. If you change the habitual patterns of your mind, you can change their resulting attitudes and emotions and find peace and inner happiness.” (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
“This is a book offering much good advice. I most appreciate Meng’s insight that expressing compassion for others brings happiness to oneself as well.” (Jimmy Carter, Former President of the United States)
“I applaud Chade-Meng for daring to undertake the writing of a book on “Emotional Intelligence,” within which lies the essence of knowing oneself. The practices he offers will help improve our lives and in the process lead to a world where greater peace and happiness is possible.” (S.R. Nathan, Former President of Singapore)
“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.” (Deepak Chopra)
“Search Inside Yourself is a practical guide to the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. This book has the potential to change lives and deliver happiness.” (Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.)
“This book and the course it’s based on represent one of the greatest aspects of Google’s culture—that one individual with a great idea can really change the world.” (Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google)
“There is more to be discovered inside of ourselves than we will ever find by searching anywhere else, and the challenge is in learning how to look. In a simple and plain spoken way, Meng has crafted an elegant invitation we can all use to take that journey.” (Scott Kriens, Chairman, Juniper Networks director, 1440 Foundation)
“This is a guidebook to help you Search Inside Yourself, as Meng’s training program at Google was called, to find inside yourself the knowledge, skills, and motivation to apply to your own life as you search for meaning, peace, and love.” (Larry Brilliant, President of the Skoll Global Threats Fund)
“Our friend has made an awakening contribution to this Over-Information Age. I recommend it to those aspiring self-mastery, attention training, spiritual wisdom, and the path of the wakeful life through enlightened living. Seek, and ye shall find. This is one of the best places to start.” (Lama Surya Das)
“When I visited Qom a couple of years ago, a Grand Ayatollah gave as his parting words to me: May you find what you seek. I have long thought about what the Grand Ayatollah said. Chade Meng’s book has pointed me in the right direction.” (Brigadier-General George Yeo, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore)
“This book reveals a key part of the success of Google. Whether we are trying to create positive change in the corporate realm or our personal relationships, Meng teaches us external change can only happen if we individually spend time cultivating a better understanding our own inner world.” (Tim Ryan, United States Congressman and author of A Mindful Nation)
“Full of humor and humility, wisdom and mindfulness, Meng’s book is a compelling read, but more importantly, a valuable manual for living a good life. Rarely have I read a book full of so much intelligence and emotion. I want to be Meng when I grow up!” (Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and author of Emotional Equations)
“Meng is like a wise and humorous monk who will continue to inspire you for years after you close the pages of his book. With the needs of today’s world in mind, he offers practical and proven tools wrapped in the gift of timeless wisdom.” (John Mackey, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of Whole Foods Market)
“This work underscores the need for compassion, awareness and empathy in our society. It is no surprise that the best venture capitalists and entrepreneurs I know possess these attributes. This is one of the best works ever in personal development. Read this book, it will change your life.” (Tan Yinglan, author of The Way Of The VC and Chinnovation)
“Old wisdom is presented here with a provocative and startling freshness. The way to enlightenment begins with waking up. Meng is doing this with passion, humor and generosity of mind. This is a book to read, share, laugh with and celebrate.” (Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, director of the World Community for Christian Meditation)
“Think of S.I.Y. as the Zen of Google.” (ContemplativeComputing.com)
From the Back Cover
From the Groundbreaking Course at Google
Whether your intention is to reduce stress and increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, or just be successful, the skills provided by Search Inside Yourself will prove invaluable to you.
About the Author
Chade-Meng Tan is an award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader, and philanthropist. He is cochair of One Billion Acts of Peace (nominated seven times for the Nobel Peace Prize) and founding chair of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. As the former Jolly Good Fellow at Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which is also the title of his New York Times bestselling book. Meng delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, at Chicago).
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Great meditation primer for beginners
By Alisa Bowman
I write about and teach meditation. As a result, many people ask me for a good, easy-to-read guides for beginners. I'm happy I stumbled over Search Inside Yourself on a bookstore table because it delivers. The author adapts several standard Buddhist meditations for the work setting. Another reviewer (perhaps also a Dharma teacher) on another site criticized the simplification of the meditations and advice, but I disagree with her. I think this "business-lite," as she called it, is brilliant, and it will help to do what we all want: to spread the message and help ease more suffering for more people. The author does a wonderful job of making these teachings accessible for a specific audience: people who suffer at work. He blends Dharma teachings (never really calling them Dharma, though) with the fields of psychology, specifically emotional intelligence. The book is an easy read and left me with several take-aways, even though I've been meditating for years. This is a business book, but the material could easily be used for any situation that involves dealing with difficult people, including marriage. It's a wonderful resource, one that I highly recommend.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Great no-nonsense explanation of what mindfulness meditation is and why ...
Great no-nonsense explanation of what mindfulness meditation is and why it actually scientifically works. None of the mystical, hippie, made-up bullcrap. The writing style is down to earth, accessible, and easy. If you're curious about mindfulness meditation, this is a great introduction to the concepts.
It also has plenty of exercises, though I recommend getting a good app to help guide you through it. As a beginner, trying on your own without guidance is difficult and not as effective. The author does have a few guided meditations up on Soundcloud, so those are a good start, but only a few so you'll quickly get tired of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
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Great insights into leadership, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence
By Jedediah C. Rudd
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is seeking practical approaches to develop emotional intelligence or develop mindfulness in or out of the work place.
I was initially intrigued by the premise of blending mindfulness and emotional intelligence and curious how a major corporation like Google might go about doing it. I was surprised by the depth of the cited research, the integrated approach to blending various thoughts into one unified whole. And ultimately, I'm sold on the grand notion that the principles and practices in this book, if appropriately applied, do in fact lay the groundwork for workplace and world peace.
I also love the open source philosophy behind the materials: take it and spread it however you see fit. I know I will be doing my part to spread the message in whatever way I can in my various life roles.
In particular I'm thrilled that this book provides an excellent framework to provide education on this topic at organizations around the world. If your looking to develop as a leader or develop other leaders in your organization, I would also highly recommend this book!