Chade-Meng Tan, creator of Google’s “Search Inside Yourself” course teaching meditation to more than 1,000 employees so far (with more than 400 on a waiting list) stopped by the New York Stock Exchange recently, joining CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen and Kenny Polcari, director of NYSE floor operations at O’Neil Securities, to offer some quick tips on de-stressing, CNBC reported.
Tan also wrote a New York Times bestselling book, “Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace),” and the overall goal is to teach people how to manage their emotions for better mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
“The first thing it does, it enables you to calm your mind in a crisis,” Meng said in the report. “It creates a condition for knowledge and self-mastery. It also creates a condition for empathy and compassion. There are people who came to me that say they got promotions because they came to my class, people who say they feel a lot better physically mentally and emotionally and people whose marriage lives are improved.”
At Google headquarters, employees are offered hundreds of free classes. But one of the most popular is called “S.I.Y” or “Search Inside Yourself,” taught by engineer and Google employee Chade-Meng Tan, according to a recent article in The New York Times.
Tan worked with nine experts to put the course together and the class has three steps – attention training; self-knowledge and self-mastery; and the creation of useful mental habits, according to the NY Times report.
So far, more than 1,000 Google employees have taken the course, and there is a waiting list of 30 people for the next time its offered, the report stated. Each class takes 60 people, and it runs for seven weeks, four times per year.
“I’m definitely much more resilient as a leader,” Richard Fernandez, director of executive development and a psychologist by training told the newspaper about taking the course. “I listen more carefully and with less reactivity in high-stakes meetings. I work with a lot of senior executives who can be very demanding, but that doesn’t faze me anymore. It’s almost an emotional and mental bank account. I’ve now got much more of a buffer there.”
Additionally, in anonymous reviews, Tan told The New York Times that on average, participants rate the course approximately 4.75 out of a possible 5.
“Awareness is spread almost entirely by word-of-mouth by alumni, and that alone already created more demand than we can currently serve,” Tan told the newspaper.