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The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership

Mandeep Rai

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Business & management, Self-help & personal development

Broadcast journalist Mandeep Rai takes us on a journey to 101 countries around the world, highlighting a single, unique value that has defined each nation's history, culture, and global influence - and how we can apply them to better our own lives and make decisions more effectively.

'THE VALUES COMPASS takes us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of the cultures and people of the world. It demonstrates how interconnected we are and how the divisions that exist between us stem from narrow self-interest rather than concern for the good of our human family. I hope that the book will contribute to making our world a happier place.'
The Dalai Lama

'THE VALUES COMPASS is a fresh, engaging and eye-opening guide to understanding ourselves and others in the most profound and practical ways.'
Deepak Chopra


Every day, whether we acknowledge it or not, we make decisions based on what we believe in. The choices, challenges, or opportunities facing us - and how we engage with them - in politics, family, relationships, work, and play reveal something important about our character, desires, and personality to ourselves and to others. When those values align and are shared by a single population, they have the power to transform a nation and teach the world valuable lessons about success.

In THE VALUES COMPASS, Mandeep Rai explores this concept by taking 101 distinct countries and identifying a single key value in each that is represented throughout its history, geography, and culture in the hope that we may find a way to incorporate those values into our own lives. From India's 'faith' to Vietnam's 'resilience', Argentina's 'passion' to Singapore's 'order', Australia's 'mateship' to Uganda's 'heritage' and from Malta's 'community' to Sri Lanka's 'joy', we may all find something of ourselves in others and succeed together as a result.

This is an insightful and readable collection of profiles that open our eyes to the world around us, and in turn help us reflect on which values matter, last, and have the power to create change.

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Praise for The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership

  • The Values Compass takes us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of the cultures and people of the world. It demonstrates how interconnected we are and how the divisions that exist between us stem from narrow self-interest rather than concern for the good of our human family. I hope that the book will contribute to making our world a happier place. - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • The Values Compass is a fresh, engaging and eye-opening guide to understanding ourselves and others in the most profound and practical ways. - Deepak Chopra, global influential thinker and author of Metahuman

  • Mandeep's powers of observation are astonishing. In a few well-written paragraphs she tells you what drives people do incredible things in the very large number of countries that she visited, distilled from what must have been very complex situations in unfamiliar environments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I am sure you will too. - Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and Regius Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics

  • Absolutely worth the read. Rai brings us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of cultures and people from around the world, to deliver a powerful lesson that we are more connected than we are divided. I highly recommend this book. - Annette Richardson, former Senior Advisor to the UN Office for Partnerships, UN Women and the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

  • A readable, insightful guide. It distils our most important driving force so that anyone can understand the ways in which people lead, live, and interact. - Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever

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