Chade-Meng Tan's new book, Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) is just out, and it's gotten the kind of lengthy treatment in the New York Times that authors (like me) would kill for. (Okay Little, Brown press department-- this is now the bar.
In addition to its United States publication by HarperOne, the book is to be published in 17 markets worldwide, from South Korea to Brazil to Slovenia.
“As technology pushes us faster, we have to adapt to new ways of doing business in this new millennium,” says Mark Tauber, senior vice president and publisher at HarperOne. “We believe that Meng’s book lays the groundwork for a new national conversation about work and what work means to us.”
The book comes from a class Tan's been teaching at Google.
Think of S.I.Y. as the Zen of Google. Mr. Tan dreamed up the course and refined it with the help of nine experts in the use of mindfulness at work. And in a time when Google has come under new scrutiny from European and United States regulators over privacy and other issues, a class in mindfulness might be a very good thing.
The class has three steps: attention training, self-knowledge and self-mastery, and the creation of useful mental habits.
It certainly sounds like a good book, and one I look forward to reading.