Chade-Meng Tan is a software, “good” engineer at Google, who meditates and lives a Buddhist life style. He is known as “Google’s Jolly Good Fellow” because he is so happy and helpful. He is obviously a leader and in his 20% efforts of working on his own projects at Google, he has developed a 7 week class called: Search Inside Yourself to help others explore their creativity, motivation, success and happiness. He called on the giants in the fields of mindfulness and meditation for education and guidance and two of the greats wrote the forewords of the book; Jon Kabat-Zinn and Daniel Goleman. No less, Chade-Meng Tan has shared a TED lecture at the United Nations and spent time with the Dalai Lama as he pursues his teachings on Peace.
The book is a well-organized course that one can partake of on their own or with a study group. I was struck by how with the support of a large group like Google, a much bigger audience and followers can develop. Most of the subject matter in the book, but not all, I have written about here on Patricia’s Wisdom: Emotional Intelligence, Practice, Mindfulness, Compassion, Basic Communications, learning, and practicing. It was so fun to see these subjects wrapped up in an engineer’s logistics and linear thinking.
The cartoon drawings to illustrate the author’s points were fabulous and the tongue in cheek humor was just simply delightful.
How the author’s practice became a part of his everyday life and work was amazing, and then as it moved out into bigger and grander prospects one could truly imagine this leading to World Peace. But then, I am not alone in that assessment – the list of people who are supporting this work and book read like a Who’s Who of worldwide leadership.
The book also talks about how one can make money and gain leadership strengthens through various practices he shares. I was personally drawn to his shared research about the negative positive ratios in communication, which states that it takes 3 positives to balance a negative.
“Compassion is fun and builds leadership and business”
The section on what not to put in an email and how to communicate face to face – and why, was worth the purchase of the book. Then again, each chapter revealed another truth and wisdom that was helpful.
I am fairly sure SEARCH INSIDE YOURSELF will be a best seller.
I want to thank TLC online tours for asking me to review this book and HarperOne for sending me my very own copy. It was a privilege and I am giving my daughters a copy for their birthdays. It is that good!
I am now hoping IT Girl can get a position at GOOGLE too!
“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.
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