For years now, Google has offered a mindfulness-based program, called Search Inside Yourself, as a way to help some of the smartest, most talented people in the world perform even better and simultaneously increase their levels of happiness and well-being (which also has been shown to improve performance). The focus of the program is to improve emotional intelligence.
Search Inside Yourself creator, Chade-Meng Tan (known as Meng), is an engineer by training who decided to reverse engineer high levels of performance. He knew that emotional intelligence has been shown in numerous studies to be the single greatest predictor of high levels of work performance and leadership ability (in fact it is twice as important as the next most important ingredients), even among tech employees (4 of the top 6 competencies of star performers in the tech sector are emotional competencies). He also knew that mindfulness practice is arguably the most powerful method there is for developing emotional intelligence. Armed with this knowledge, Meng, along with a group of leaders in the fields of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and leadership development, created a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training program.
In Search Inside Yourself, Meng provides us all with access to essentially the same training that is provided to Google employees who go through the course on Google’s campus. He breaks the training down into three components: attention training, self-knowledge/self-mastery, and creating useful mental habits. Attention training, he says, is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. We then use our trained attention to create a “high-resolution” perception of our own cognitive and emotional processes, which enables deep self-knowledge and self-mastery. Finally, to help us out while we’re training our attention and gaining self-mastery, he offers very helpful, evidenced-based tools for developing useful mental habits, like kindness.
Although the summary above may sound a little technical, and Meng does cite quite a bit of scientific research to support claims made for the benefits of mindfulness, the book is extremely easy to read and very enjoyable. Meng is so logical, and he has an excellent ability to break down complex ideas into simple, step-by-step methods for practice. He also has a tremendous sense of humor. I found myself smiling a lot while reading the book, and even laughing out loud a couple of times.
I highly, highly recommend this book. This is the best book on mindfulness I have ever read (I’ve read almost 100 books on mindfulness), and it is definitely in my top 10 favorite books across all categories. Search Inside Yourself has the power to help readers perform better and increase levels of happiness, and it just might help create the conditions for world peace.
Today, I write simply to recommend one of my favorite books: Love Is the Killer App by Tim Sanders.
This book is incredible! After reading it, I immediately incorporated concepts and practices from the book into my personal life and my professional life.
When Tim wrote the book, he was the chief solutions offer at Yahoo!. He achieved this executive position in a top company relatively quickly, employing the concepts and practices he wrote about in Love Is the Killer App.
Instead of following the stereotypical corporate path of doing whatever it takes to get ahead, even at the expense of others, Tim followed a path of kindness and service. This resulted not only in quickly achieving an executive position at Yahoo!, but in building a network of interpersonal connections that staggers the mind, which in turn resulted in him getting his first book deal and becoming a highly sought-after public speaker.
In Love Is the Killer App, Tim shares incredibly practical tools for building a personal brand that will set you apart from the crowd and significantly increase the value you can add for other people, potential employers, and potential business partners.
He suggests an approach of selfless giving as the secret to accomplishing this. However, he focuses on giving things that are valuable but intangible, and thus sustainable, meaning you can give them freely to as many people as you meet without ever running out of your resources for helping.
Which intangibles? Your knowledge, your network, and your compassion.
Tim gives very practical suggestions for increasing your level of knowledge and effectively sharing it with others, effectively growing your network of personal connections and freely sharing it with others, practical ways for caring for people that enrich your life and strengthen the connections in your network. Tim makes it very easy to see how sharing these assets not only makes your life more enjoyable, but how doing so adds so much value to your personal brand.
This book is very well written, fun to read, and will leave you feeling inspired and prepared to achieve true success. I highly, highly recommend Love Is the Killer App.
As a result of Tim’s status and success, he has been able to make compassion and kindness in the business world credible. His work has already been and will continue to be very helpful for my efforts to teach people in the business world practices that help us develop kindness, compassion, and empathy, as he makes it clear how effective people with these abilities prove to be.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the eBook, featuring chapters from John Spence, Jeff Klein, Charlie Kim, Michael Carroll, Ted Prince, David Marquet, and Ben Lichtenwalner.
A Review of The Referral Engine, By John Jantsch
How to get more referrals and word-of-mouth exposure for your organization.
A while back my good friend and mentor, John Spence, recommended a book called The Referral Engine, by John Jantsch.
I put it off because I didn’t see how it would help me to help my audience improve their leadership skills. I finally decided to read it just for me, because it seemed like a good tool for helping me to expand my potential for serving.
This book was fantastic!
Both the quality and the quantity of the guidance offered by John Jantsch in this book are incredible. I have not taken so many notes while reading a book in a long time. The only problem is that there are so many ideas I want to implement, I’m having to create a plan for gradual implementation to ensure I eventually get to them all.
As it turns out, the book is also a great resource for any type of leader.
- You’ll find ideas for making systemic changes in how you serve your customers or members, including ideas for creating happier customers by helping employees to be happier, which is perfectly in line with my mission
- You’ll learn how to create a system for generating more referrals and word-of-mouth exposure
- You’ll also find more tactical ideas than you could probably ever implement for building a so-called “referral engine”
I highly recommend this book to any leader. I also highly recommend that you take lots of notes and be prepared to do some work that could transform your business.
What could more referrals and word-of-mouth exposure do for your organization?
A Review of Platform, By Michael Hyatt
A great guide to building a large online following by integrating blogging and social media.
I just finished reading an excellent book by Michael Hyatt, called Platform: Get Noticed In a Noisy World.
I had a hard time putting this one down. It is a must read for anyone who would like to increase the size their online following.
Michael is clearly an expert on building a platform. Over 330,000 people are subscribed to his blog, MichaelHyatt.com, and he has over 190,000 twitter followers.
Why is this important?
- If you run a business or a non-profit, having a large platform is a more effective tool for marketing than traditional advertising unless you have a lot of money to spend on large campaigns. A platform allows you to generate lots of word-of-mouth exposure that people trust a lot more than they do paid advertising.
- If you’d like to publish a nonfiction book, the first thing publishers look at is the size of your platform. Case in point, I actually have a tentative book deal with one of the largest publishers in the world. They learned about my book idea, which they love, as a result of a personal introduction from one of their authors. But I won’t actually have a contract with them until I grow my platform a bit more.
- If you’d like to share your ideas as a speaker, having a large platform means that instead of having to spend a lot of time and money on marketing, people will contact you.
Platform is a well-written book that is easy to read. I finished it in a few hours. In the book, Michael offers a complete, step-by-step guide to building your platform. You’ll find at least an introduction to every aspect of growing an online following in this book, as well as lots of great resources for going deeper into the more complex elements of building an online following that are beyond the scope of the book.
What could having a large online following do for you?
I recently finished reading an excellent book by Joel Manby called Love Works. This is an enjoyable, inspiring, and verypractical read.
Joel became a veritable star overnight after he appeared on the TV show, Undercover Boss. Viewers got a taste of how Joel, who is the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), leads the company with love, based on the principles of servant leadership.
Over 18 million people watched that episode. After the show, Joel received an unbelievable amount of mail from people who were inspired and wanted to learn more about how they could become a better leader by applying the principles that Joel does, which, by the way, he states as being the key component to HFE’s success through the recent tough times. Over the last seven years, HFE has increased operating profit by 50% and earned a 14% return for its shareholders, significantly outperforming indices over the same period.
I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone because we are all leaders, whether we have a title or not. And, I especially recommend the book to leaders of organizations.
Joel shares seven timeless principles for becoming a more effective leader. Each chapter offers inspiration and very practical tools for actually applying the principles of servant leadership and leading with love in realistic ways within an organization.
The book is a quick read and definitely worth the time!
It includes all my blog posts, interviews with great leaders, and other resources to help you become the Ultimate Leader.