He was Google employee number 107 and his job title was Jolly Good Fellow. He joined Google in 2000 after working for five years at Kent Ridge Digital Laboratories in Singapore. At Google, although he worked for eight years in Engineering on projects such as mobile search and leading search quality, he earned his eccentric Google title after starting “mindfulness training” courses at the company - also known by its scientific name, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Motivated by his belief that happiness is a state-of-mind, these mindfulness training courses were meant to help Googlers find inner peace and clear their minds to manage stress and negativity. The classes proved extremely successful at Google which led Meng to write a best-selling book called “Search Inside Yourself.” These successes (outside of his engineering role) led him to work for two years as the Head of Personal Growth and to pursue full-time a non-profit called “Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute” (SIYLY, pronounced “silly”), to bring the same popular Google class to others.
Meng has left Google on October 30, 2015 to focus spreading his message and courses on happiness, meditation and spreading world peace, as announced on his personal blog.
Meng is a publicly recognised figure. He started collecting celebrity photographs when Jimmy Carter and Al Gore visited the Google campus. This became a tradition and he now has a large collection of photographs of his meetings with celebrities at Google.
Meng is still the Chairman of the Board of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and is part of the team of the non-profit organisation, One Billion Acts of Peace that has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. The nomination was signed by 6 Nobel Laureates.
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