Mandeep Rai

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The Values Compass

book | Non-Fiction | 2020
UK & Comm → John Murray (Ed. Holly Bennion)
US → Simon & Schuster (Ed. Julianna Haubner)

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

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, from England’s “Steadfastness” and Armenia’s “Survival” to Morocco’s “Compromise” and the United States’s ability to “Pivot in an entrepreneurial way.” The result is an insightful and readable collection of profiles that opens our eyes to the world around us, and in turn helps us reflect on which values matter to us most.


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Hermes Publishing House
Dioptra Pub House
Pallas Athene
Asuka Shinsha Co.
PlanB Design

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

While we all know that without risk there is no reward, in today’s world it is more important than ever to have a foundation of values and the right moral compass to shape how you approach taking thoughtful risks. Ms. Rai’s book is a critical guide to building that foundation and finding your north star.

Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard

Mandeep Rai has spent a lifetime exploring the idea of values, and that work is compiled here in 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

A unique guide to global values in all their diversity. 

William Dalrymple
Author of The Anarchy

Mandeep Rai weaves together a remarkable chronicle of values from across the world, derived from her own travels, and presents an endearing guide to all who seek to understand themselves - and the world - better. This book is a timely reminder of the worth and importance of introspection and self-evaluation; but it is also an endeavour to rediscover common elements among our communities and a sense of togetherness amid our artificial differences.

Dr Shashi Tharoor
M. P. for Thiruvananthapuram, Lok Sabha, and Chariman of the Parliamentary Committee of Information Technology, Chairman All-India Professionals' Congress

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