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Search Inside Yourself – Chade-Meng Tan

Search Inside Yourself gives you an insight in to the fabulous work culture at one of the greatest organizations we know – Google. The book is written by Chade-Meng Tan who was fondly known as Google’s Jolly Good Fellow.

Meng, who started his career as an engineer with Google and was part of the team that helped build the organization’s first search service, moved into Google’s People Development (HR) team after 8 years in the engineering role. During his tenure as Head of the People Development team, his role was to “enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace”. I think the fact that Google even has such a role is fascinating. It’s obvious Meng has had a fascinating personal and professional journey with Google.

While he no longer works with Google – he retired at the age of 45 and is now striving hard to be lazy (in his own words:-)), he did introduce the famous Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute at Google which, over the years, has run several programs on mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

I’m very impressed with Meng’s spiritual growth and his transition from being an engineer with an analytical bent of mind to an evolved believer in the power of mind and someone who believes that world peace is possible.

While most of the techniques that Meng proposes in the book are tried and test yogic practices which have been in use for thousands of years, what he has done beautifully in this book and in the Search Inside Yourself program, is bring together many such methods to create a wholesome program to achieve success and happiness.

He has brought together concepts of emotional intelligence (courtesy Daniel Goleman) and mindfulness (largely teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn and put together a wonderful module spread over weeks.

His writing style is easy and filled with humor and illustrations. I enjoyed reading the book and commend him for putting it together.

Wishing him luck with his goal of attaining world-peace.

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