'Search Inside Yourself' Google Course Now A Book
THURSDAY, 3 MAY 2012
Submitted By: Rianne Dueñas
"Search Inside Yourself," the popular course taught at Google, was created to elevate the work and lives of the best and brightest people at one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world. Deeply rooted in science, the course was designed for Googlers as a means to reduce stress, increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, and ultimately become happier and more profitable in their work and their lives. While the skills learned via "Search Inside Yourself" are designed to help one to “optimize thyself” and gain an extra edge, it may be surprising that the core concepts of the program are mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
Created in collaboration with a Zen Master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and bestselling author Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), and written by Chade-Meng Tan, one of Google’s earliest engineers, "Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)" (HarperOne; April 24, 2012; Hardcover & eBook), distills mindfulness and emotional intelligence in a way even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng’s can process, breaking them down into a set of practical tools and skills that can be adopted by anyone, at any career or experience level.
Chade-Meng Tan’s job title at Google is Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). His job description reads, “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace.” Meng, as he is known, takes his job seriously and laughs a lot at the office. As one of Google’s earliest engineers, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service and headed the team that monitored Google’s search quality. After a successful eight-year stint in Engineering and two years as GoogleEDU’s Head of Personal Growth, he currently serves with Google’s Talent Team. In short, "Search Inside Yourself" works in three steps, elaborated on in the book:
On taking this concept to individuals and businesses who might, at first glance, ignore a book with the words "mindfulness," "meditation," "emotional intelligence" or "world peace" in it, Meng writes: “for the benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence to become widely accessible, they cannot be just the domain of bald people in funny robes living in mountains, or small groups of New Age folks living in San Francisco. Meditation needs to become ‘real’. It needs to align with the lives and interests of real people.” In "Search Inside Yourself," he addresses questions that may arise from skeptics with a "traditional" business mindset, such as: How can one to find joy while succeeding at work when under stress and pressure?
How does compassion impact the profitability of a business? How can meditative practices benefit people’s careers and business bottom lines?
- Attention training
- Self-awareness and self-mastery
- Creating useful mental habits
In "Search Inside Yourself," Meng reveals another way—an unexpected path, to be certain—to achieve success, profit, and get ahead by way of time-tested wisdom and scientifically proven concepts. Delivered with his trademark humor and wisdom, he concludes: “Some books teach you how to be happy, some teach you how to be successful, and some teach you how to be liked. This book teaches you all three. You must be feeling lucky.”
About the author:
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) was one of Google's earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google's first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google's search quality. After a successful eight-year stint in Engineering and two years as GoogleEDU's Head of Personal Growth, he now serves with Google's Talent Team. His current job title is Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny) and his job description is "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace". One of his main projects is Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course taught at Google at Google since 2007 on which his first book is based. Meng hopes his book and the course will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way. As Google’s unofficial greeter of world leaders and leading influencers, Meng has two walls of photographs at Google which can viewed at mengswall.com.
Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to promoting Peace, Liberty and Enlightenment in the world. He is a Founding Patron of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is also a Founding Patron of the World Peace Festival, and adviser to a number of technology start-ups. He blogs at www.mengstupiditis.com.