Chade-Meng Tan
Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan
, known widely as Meng, was one of Google's earliest engineers and these days holds the official title of Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). His unusual job title started as a joke, but eventually became real, and is well deserved.

When Google allowed their engineers to dedicate 20% of their time to pursuing their passion, Meng, whose current job description is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace," thought big. "I figured, I might as well try to solve the toughest problem I know, which is bringing about world peace." With aim that high, Meng definitely needs WINGS!

In 2007, Meng launched a project called Search Inside Yourself (SIY) - a Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence course, which he hopes will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way. Meng believes that world peace can be achieved -- but only if people cultivate the conditions for inner peace within themselves. Inner peace, in turn, comes from nurturing emotional intelligence. "Emotional self-mastery is not about never having certain emotions," says Meng, "it is about becoming very skillful with them." We couldn't agree more!

Google has had more than 1,000 employees go through SIY with startling results. Participants rate the program at 4.7 on a five-point scale. Feedback has been extremely positive, and a frequent comment from participants is, "this program has changed my life." Meng's hope is that every workplace in the world becomes a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment, and says that one of the best-selling points of emotional intelligence is that it reduces friction. If people have high emotional intelligence, they have less friction. And if there's less friction -- I mean, from a system point of view -- you lose less energy and get more done.

When he grows up, Meng says he wants to save the world, and have lots of fun and laughter doing it. We think he's off to a great start, and we're pleased to equip this Jolly Good Fellow with WINGS!

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