Chade-Meng Tan: “Search Inside Yourself” | Talks at Google

In designing Search Inside Yourself, a popular course at Google, early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop. Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng’s can process.

Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness, deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence, harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership, and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication. In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work. Meng writes: “Some people buy books that teach them to be liked; others buy books that teach them to be successful. This book teaches you both. You are so lucky.”


32 thoughts on “Chade-Meng Tan: “Search Inside Yourself” | Talks at Google

  1. We cannot achieve World Peace by waving a placard, nor by demonstrations, Peace can ONLY be achieved, from within! Self Realisation is the Starting point of reality!

  2. Sahaja yoga is different from other yoga's, because it STARTS with Self Realisation! instead of that being an unobtainable goal of a false practice /ritual! Self Realisation is the Starting point of reality!

  3. this resonates with the experiences of practising Vipassana meditation. One only needs to practice to see how habit patterns start changing at a deeper level – places which we didn't have access to earlier. Very authentic presentation. Thanks

  4. How can someone be enlightened and not know the truth? Knowing the truth would have to come with enlightenment, or you would not be enlightened. True or false? Searching inside yourself is not enough, you must learn the Truth of Life to really know your true self. Google TruthContest read the Present, it explains how life works in every facet including how the nature of your mind works and how to change it. Learning how life works will overcome the negative parts of your mind.

  5. I was expecting that dummy would say something, but all he said is that he was not Bill Clinton. Well, I see that but I am not Bill Clinton either. So what! What's the point?

  6. I'm sure this man can make a great difference to world peace just in this session he changed me. I had already been working on me in me to be a better person. I prayed for such a person to communicate the message and I received it ,you can hear the same message from others but its the messenger who delivers it. Thank so much again and again you came into my home at the right time for all my family. May the power be with you.

  7. Does not necessarily contradicts the happiness as set forward in "Psalm of Life" by Longfellow "Not Joy or Sorrow but to find us farther than today" (A bit paraphrased) – A rational talk

  8. I am a psychologist and continue to hear the myth that Daniel Goleman wrote the book on "Emotional Intelligence" let's be clear he stole the ideas from legitimate researchers and allowed the world to give him credit. What kind of honorable "mindful" individual is this? He has made a career off of other peoples work. So please be compassionate with the people who deserve to be acknowledged!

  9. Great talk by Meng. Want to mention that I think something was missed on one of the questions: someone asked the question "can a book be written for his 10 year old son". I don't think this book is needed. As parents, we could learn from the book that Meng wrote, set a good example for our children, and pass the information down to them.

  10. Absolutely fantastic talk by Chade-Meng Tan. He explains it so clearly. To live life mindfully is the most effective way of being. Is there a SIY workshop in London? 

  11. Hopefully Meng et al can convince China to practice SIY/Mindfulness when it comes to respecting other Asian countries' political independence and their boundaries?

  12. These are very good techniques but the scary thing is you can separate them from moral and ethical imperatives.
    Kamikaze pilot's in WW2 were using Zen techniques to overcome fear of death and the stresses of their jobs too.

    A butcher who kills animals daily might use these techniques to overcome some lingering stress and unhappiness he feels generated by the act of killing animals. It would make him an even more efficient and happy butcher, sure, but maybe there ought to be some stress and despair associated with some actions.

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