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

January 06, 2020

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"Broadcast journalist Dr. Mandeep Rai takes us on a journey across 101 countries, highlighting a unique value that has defined each nation’s history and culture—and how we can apply these to find purpose and fulfilment in our own lives."


In a revelatory new guide to calibrating your own internal values compass, 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.

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—reveal something important about our character, desires, and personality. When those values align in a single population, they have the power to evolve a nation, and teach the world valuable lessons about success.

In The Values Compass, broadcast journalist Mandeep Rai explores this concept by taking 101 distinct countries from around the world and identifying a single key value in each that has been carried throughout its history, geography, and culture, in the hopes that we may find a way to incorporate them into our own lives. Such qualities range from England’s “Steadfastness” and Armenia’s “Survival” to Morocco’s “Compromise” and the United States’ trademark ability to “Pivot in an entrepreneurial way.” The result of this comprehensive exploration of national values is an insightful and readable collection of profiles—all drawn from interviews with Country Leaders, Experts, CEOs, and the good and great around the world—that opens our eyes to the world around us, and hopefully, in turn helps us reflect on which values matter to us most. Take a tour around the world with Mandeep Rai as your navigator and discover what qualities we all hold most-dear, and how these qualities can both unite and improve us. If you have been looking for a source of inspiration to re-invent yourself and become the best version of yourself, The Values Compass is the perfect book to guide your way to a better you.


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 acting with 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

“In today’s busy lives we get on with whatever we have to do without stopping to think. Rai’s book will make you do just that—stop and think… I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and you will too.” —SIR CHRISTOPHER PISSARIDES, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences



Mandeep Rai went from private banking at JP Morgan in London to a pioneering twenty years of creative activism, journalism, and development. She has used her degree in politics, economics, and philosophy to report for the BBC World Service, covering the emerging markets, and has produced documentaries, features, and programmes on development issues across the board; from environmentalism in Ladakh to luxury goods trafficked into China. She holds degrees a masters from the LSE, and an MBA from London Business School with a year at MIT and Harvard Business School, as well as a PhD in Global Values.


This giveaway is being brought to you by Simon & Schuster. We have 20 copies available.


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