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In this installment of Mindful Mondays, I’m sharing two resources brought to us by Google’s Jolly Good Fellow, Chade –Meng Tan. Even though he started out as an engineer at Google, Jolly Good Fellow is Meng-Tan’s job title today. He earned it by coming up with the most popular internal training course at Google, a program on mindfulness and meditation called Search Inside Yourself.

Last year, he released a best selling book of the same title. It’s one of the best introductions to mindfulness and meditation that I’ve seen. It’s practical, applicable, conversational and funny in a quirky kind of way. In short, it’s a great read.

If you want a preview of the style of the book, check out this week’s second resource from Meng Tan, a talk he gave at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco earlier this year. In it, he’ll tell you how a simple mindfulness practice (10 seconds a day!) can help you be more charismatic as a leader and have a happier marriage. (I’m guessing that at least one of those two is of interest to you.)

So read, watch and enjoy the wit and wisdom of Meng-Tan and share your thoughts and observations in the comments.

Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.

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