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Search Inside Yourself: Increase Productivity, Creativity and Happiness [Paperback]

Daniel Goleman , Jon Kabat-Zinn , Chade-Meng Tan
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10 May 2012

From the ground-breaking offices of Google, ‘Search Inside Yourself’ is a personal growth program that focuses on developing emotional intelligence through mindfulness, making its participants more productive at work and better leaders, while becoming more peaceful, happy and compassionate individuals.

Famed for its innovative and unusual, yet highly successful working culture, Google is more than just a search engine. One such innovation is the’ Search Inside Yourself’ program, created for Google by a diverse group of individuals including a Zen Master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and author Daniel Goleman, it’s been a life changing program for many participants, contributing to great improvements in both their personal and professional lives.

‘Search Inside Yourself’ has been taught in Google since 2007 producing dramatic results. Some participants have found new meaning and fulfilment in their jobs (one person changed her mind about leaving the company after taking the course!) Some have become much better at what they do; one engineering manager discovered the importance of giving himself quality time and reduced his working hours to four days a week. After he did that, he got promoted! Some have become more effective managers, learning to listen and communicate better and bringing a calm attitude to every situation. Not surprisingly, many people found ‘Search Inside Yourself’ to be beneficial in their personal lives as well. Many participants found they were happier and less-stressed, their marital relationships improved and some even said the program helped them deal with personal crises.

This book will show you how to apply the principles of ‘Search Inside Yourself’ to you, your business and everyday life. Whether you are a junior team member or a senior manager, a secondary school teacher or a bus driver these valuable lessons have the potential to dramatically improve your life.

Written by Chade-Meng Tan, the first engineer in Google’s history to leave the Engineering department and join their Peoples Ops Group, where he leads this and other personal-growth programs. It also includes a foreword by Daniel Goleman, the author of Emotional Intelligence and introduction from Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (10 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007467974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007467976
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘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)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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)

“Combining timeless wisdom with modern science, Chade-Meng Tan has created an entertaining and practical guide to success and happiness.” (Deepak Chopra)

About the Author

Chade-Meng Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, a New York Times bestselling author, a thought leader and a philanthropist. He still runs his life-changing mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course at Google.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mind changing! 22 Aug 2013
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This book brings you a fantastic and well researched concept that with the power of google behind it really could change the world. That being said, although a light read, I actually found it a little heavy going to complete. As a complete newcomer to the techniques presented, I found the early focus on meditative practices hard work and wondered why I was reading a book on meditation, and only really kept going because of a personal desire to understand more about google's EI training programme. Also jumping from written meditation practice to actual meditation is a big step. I would have benefitted from links within the kindle version to audio tracks of the meditations presented, which would have assisted me greatly. I also struggled to find these online, even on the SIY website. Having said all that, it has opened my mind to what can be achieved by calming the mind and bringing a new, clearer focus to my motivation and direction in life. I have found myself connecting with people more often, and in a more relaxed, open and meaningful way as a result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for the best of thoughts 28 Jan 2013
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Combining business wisdom and mindfulness techniques from around the world, this book inspires you to be a better person and pursue a deliberate course of happiness. Not bad, eh? :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness for EQ 7 Dec 2013
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A very clear, evidence based guide to mindfulness-based emotional intelligence.
It takes the mystery out of mindfulness.
Each time I read the book I discover something new.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Intelligence 26 Mar 2013
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A nice easy read linking emotional intelligence with mindfulness and how great knowledge organisations like Google are leading the way in mind development and how it can impact on the business bottom line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars learn to live happily 19 Mar 2013
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good for knowledge of your self, others, controlling your emotions and stress levels, its a book for life to put up in your shelf to share with others and read every now and then. its a life book
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I found the book easy to read with humour and the content has been helpful in times of stress. It reminds me that others think that what they do, they do it in the belief that what they do is right. I found that I naturally have compassion and Once I have mastered meditation, I'm pretty sure I will be better equipped to help others. I have recommended it to friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 May 2014
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Meng is very charismatic when you see him talk live, and that personality comes shining through in this very readable and clear book. Easy to read and ready to practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 1 July 2013
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Funny, wise and timeless. Mr Meng's way of explaining things is light but at the same time deep. Great book.
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