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Publisher's Summary

Early Google engineer and personal-growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. 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. Whether your intention is to reduce stress and increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, or just be successful, the skills provided by Search Inside Yourself will prove invaluable for you. This is your guide to enhancing productivity and creativity, finding meaning and fulfillment in your work and life, and experiencing profound peace, compassion, and happiness while doing so.
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."
©2012 Chade-Meng Tang (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael Davis on 09-29-13

The narration is intolerable

What would have made Search Inside Yourself better?

What would have made this book better is to match the narrator to the tenor of the book. By all accounts, the author is absolutely delightful, cheerful, Google's court jester (not sarcastic in nature but positive, happy). The crime here is that the narrator is so terribly tedious and pedantic that it robs the book of it's joy, it's pleasure, and indeed, the thrust of it's highly compelling argument. Every word is ponderous: no syllable gets left behind. The correct narrator would have conveyed buoyancy, genuine enthusiasm, and warmth. This makes you want to cry because the material is so incredibly profound and groundbreaking, but the author's passion and warmth is never genuinely heard. The effort to pronounce every syllable and make sure the diction is perfect is diametrically opposed to the sense of the author. The work that Google has done in mindfulness has the potential to meaningfully bolster the lives of corporate leaders and employees, to reintroduce pleasure and emotional intelligence in the workplace. That is never felt in this: it's all about words and letters.Audible really should reconsider redoing this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Search Inside Yourself?

When I was trying to keep myself from throwing my phone out the car window in frustration at the narrator. Eventually (early in chapter 3), I decided that it was so counter to the soul of the book and it's author, that I just couldn't listen any more, fantastic content notwithstanding. I bought the hard copy and enjoyed it immensely, even following the work of the author.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

Yes. If I were in a coma and need to either wake up or pass on. Listening to this would absolutely cause one or the other.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I LIKE the book, the message. It's very relevant, timely, and research-based. The book is filled with redeeming qualities. The narration has none.

Any additional comments?

Audible, please consider having this re-read. It's very important material. It needs someone who can carry the author's voice.

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31 of 33 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By James on 06-21-12

Excellent meditation resource.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book teaches you how to become a better thinker.

What did you like best about this story?

The best part of this book was the directive to separate responses from thoughts.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good and it did match the pace of the story. Oddly, I kind of liked that it sounded like a monorail announcement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

I think it took too long to get started. I felt that the first six chapters were merely an advertisement for the benefits of meditation.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Roy Marriott on 02-18-13

Hard to Listen To

I'm not sure I'll actually be able to listen to the whole thing - it almost sounds like a computer's doing the reading

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Alexis on 07-06-18

to get 5 stars on performance

to get 5 stars on performance meditation should be recorded without asking the listener to pause the lecture.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Micheal on 06-11-15

I read the book, then I took the course!

I've been on a journey (I really don't like that word anymore) to find answers to questions that have been answered time and time again by health professionals, armed with prescription pads. For me, 2015 has been the year of Mindfulness. This book has a lot of practical exercises, so be ready to hit pause. If you're struggling at work and want to find peace within the office, this is a great book to start with. As a team leader, I've found ways to incorporate what I've learned into my role. But it's not just for work. It can be adopted into everyday life. Nick Sullivan sounds like a voice over guy from back in the days of black and white TV. Try new and improved Fab! But he is very easy to understand and easy to listen to. I've listened to this twice and both times cot something new.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Landon on 01-19-15

Pretty good

Some good points and actionable things. Worth a listen to help be more present and help with communication

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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