Are you following the 🌎Summer Olympics Games XXXII in Tokyo? Different cultures teach us about the power of words according to Dr Mandeep Rai Rai a global authority on #values and author of The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership.
Celebrate: the book The Values Compass has been chosen as The Special Guide to The 2020 Summer Olympics.
The opening theme “United by Emotions’
The closing theme “World We Share”
demonstrates the 3 key values of Olympism:
“Different cultures teach us about the power of words,” according to Dr. Mandeep Rai. She is a global authority on values and author of The Values Compass. She has visited 168+ Countries and highlighted in her book what 101 countries teach us about Purpose, Life, and Leadership.
The Values Compass has been chosen as The Special Guide to The 2020 Summer Olympics. The opening theme “United by Emotions" and closing theme “World We Share” demonstrates the 3 key values of Olympism:
What Intrigued Me?
The Oath represents a personal commitment to lead with purpose, act with integrity, and understand the reach, power, and responsibility of business.
What Inspired Me?
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Dr. Mandeep Rai, Broadcast Journalist, Speaker & Author of "The Values Compass."
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Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:00:39] Different cultures teach us about the power of words according to talk to Dr. Mandeep Rai, a global authority on values and the author of The Values Compass. What 101 countries teach us about purpose, life, and leadership. Dr. Mandeep Rai has been acknowledged in the global ranking of the top thinkers to watch in 2021 by Thinkers 50. This is an organization that celebrates awe-inspiring minds engaged in some of the world's thought leadership.
Dr. Mandeep Rai is shortlisted for the Business Book Awards, category of diversity, inclusion, and equality for her book, The Values Compass.
I am so grateful to have your time and attention today. Would you share with my audience what has made you smile today?
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:01:29] I have to say that it's a wonderful icebreaker and a great way to start, being quite a fortunate day in that yesterday was the Anniversary of George Floyd or the day before yesterday.
There was a huge award ceremony based upon that day, and for me, it's rather important because my book, The Values Compass, is in the diversity inclusion equality category. The book has been shortlisted for that category, and then it became chosen as the most highly commended, recommended book. That's really had a smile on my face that I don't wish to wipe off too quickly.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:02:09] Well deserved too. You did amazing work around that. Coming back to your book in just a moment, I'd like to touch on your leadership journey. Our world is full of experts from different disciplines and the opportunity now arises for us to have inter-disciplinary and intergenerational collaborations. I think that helps us in understanding each other as well. I think you reside like me, in the field of the polymath. This means being the one whose genius spans many fields and we can Influence multiple spheres, which you certainly did in your book.
Like me, I think you've crossed over in other ones like economics, music, mysticism, physics, politics, and all of that can help us gain a higher vivid vision and collaborate in the world that we would like to design. For me, it's a fulcrum point between the sacred money market, people, planet, and the outer cosmos.
Mandeep can you share your leadership journey? Your career is quite diverse from private banking to the United Nations.
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:03:12] Firstly, I love the way you phrase that entire question. It was very poetic. You said the fulcrum or the kind of space in between. I'm just not as poetic you. It was very well put. Thank you.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:03:25] The point for me is like a child's seesaw so we had the sacred money market like this at the moment. I think the pandemic has kind of said, “Hey, what about people and planet?” so for me, being a bit of a Star Trecky, what about the artist space as well? So the fulcrum point is balancing it like a child's seesaw.
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:03:42] Beautifully put and true. I agree. I also thought about that fulcrum point without realizing it and having a balance. My values have helped me course correct each and every time. You're right. My career did start in private banking. There's always been an element of either venture capital or entrepreneurship. Either investing or creating in the startup venture capital world, but for what aim. That's where my values kick in. The aim or the intention behind it is international development. Hence you mentioned the UN, I've worked at the EU and many more NGOs.
I currently sit on several boards too, such as Power of Zero, Creative Visions, and one is based in India to help girls in the stem. There's always been strong international development in my career. That would be one of the other pivots in the fulcrum. The third would be broadcast journalism. That has been radio, TV, print, and more recently, social media, more recently zoom, we might decide to say. Essentially I've found that media or storytelling can often have a really very quick wide-reaching impact and influence. Whereas, sometimes in the NGO world, that can take a little bit longer. The aim has been, or the kind of purpose part is definitely international development. The way to do that has been both through business and through journalism, media, information storytelling.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:05:22] Our paths parallel because I started my career in private banking as an in-house counsel for a multinational bank, moving through private trusts and investments, all sorts of areas. Then continued up to being a general counsel of another multinational and discovered I was successful, but not satisfied.
I was also watching predatory banking in the first decade of the century. I pivoted out of the corporate world and started a social enterprise law firm. Starting a social enterprise law firm, before anyone had defined what that was, in 2003. We're coming up closing in on 20 years. I've obviously got a law degree, but my next degree was a master's in philanthropy.
In doing the master's in philanthropy I drew attention to being invited to do a doctorate around global business.
I started the doctorate by writing a song that was presented to the UN in 2013, to PRIME, Principles of Responsible Management Education. In your book, you referred to the values of Nicaragua and how they live and breathe and express through poetry.
I turned my angst into a poem and then turned the poem into song lyrics, and collaborated to create the music. This was my way of, as you nicely put it, translating the national story, to the protesting. I love the way you use the words vessels for aspirations and dreams.
That song started my doctorate. The social enterprise started my work continuing in global business with senior leadership, but also including community and bringing the conversations about the community to senior leadership. You would not be surprised that my values include wisdom, dialogue, and education. Being a global authority on values and working with companies, institutions, and individuals around the world, and traveling to over 150 countries I could really resonate with this.
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:07:19]I knew why I was doing it in the sense that I was a broadcast journalist, so I was doing it for work, but I didn't know that I write a book. I always thought I would do it once I had retired or at the end of the journey. Not that the journey never ends. That was kind of my thought that I'd do it in my sixties or seventies or eighties, and that day just came to a lot sooner for me.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:07:43] Yes. An amazing contribution. That kind of leads me into legacy impact and transformation, which is one of your specialist areas. I saw that you were at Davos in 2020 with the launch of the book. What would you like to be different tomorrow?
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:07:59] That's a great question. Well, firstly, I would love, you know, one in the diversity equality inclusion category. Yet I feel we are so far from equality. I would love tomorrow to truly look diverse, inclusive, and equal. That women be paid the same as men, that it doesn't matter where in the world you come from, you be treated the same.
That there'd be a sense of respect and dignity and compassion, no matter who you are, and no matter where you were born, that it not matter what gender you are or what age you are, or, what your background is in any way, that humanity is man enough, not to see the superficial differences, but to see our inner humanity core and unity essentially.
That's absolutely possible. Today. Not even tomorrow. It literally takes us to say we're going to drop division for the sake of power.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:08:59] Brilliantly put. I totally agree with you because violated values very quickly raise your consciousness around what's important, which is the central part of the wisdom in your book and the story that I've listened to you that you shared.
In fact, that gave me clarity around why I'd made the choices that I made. More importantly, how did you decide which countries to include? You've visited 150, but you've only highlighted 101 in your book.
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:09:26] Yes, I'm now at 168 countries in my explorations. Now having even more to choose from. The ones that are in the book are the ones that I went to first because there was a delay between me finishing writing and when the book actually came out number one. Number two, I think it was the countries where perhaps the values were at the forefront of my mind. So I went for the low-hanging fruit if you will. Which makes the follower people more interesting. Like they're going to be the more difficult countries such as Iraq, which is harder to visit and harder to summarize perhaps, or the central Africa Republic of Gabon. Watch this space.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:10:09] Brilliant. Circling back to my question. I see that you have two masters and you've also done your Ph.D. in global values. Your career rises and is academically similar for me, I've had careers across multiple industries and areas, not just as a lawyer and academically crossed three different disciplines.
It's confusing when people looked at that, particularly the issue last century, they’re like, you don't stay anywhere very long. You're not in the right subject areas or something like that, but the moment I look through the lens of my values, it made sense the judgments didn't hit home because they weren't true for me.
They were a sort of chauvinism. This is how we do it. You stay in a job for life. you're loyal. You never leave. You've had quite an interesting movement career and academically, was it by choice or by chance?
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:10:58] It was that course correction of values that I said at the beginning that every time I felt as though I was varying off-track, I would requestion, what am I doing? Why am I doing it? Is this in line with what I really believe in? or, could something else serve me? and therefore serve everyone around me and therefore help my service or mission or vision or purpose if you will, could that'd be better served if I was doing something slightly, you know, if I course-corrected at this point, so you're right.
There's a delicate balance between. I guess thinking upfront rather than thinking once you're in a job and then having to change, and there's a fine balance between spending enough time in a role that you really do it justice, but vis-a-vis switching and swapping too often. So I don't think I wasn't a butterfly in my choices, but I'm definitely a butterfly through my networks so to speak. There’s a lot of variety but there are deep-rooted themes in my career.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:11:55] Absolutely and it leads me back to what I said earlier. When we're multidisciplinary and we can be in these trans-disciplinary spaces, we bring so much of our creative selves and we learn so much from people bringing their whole selves instead of coming in and just as an expert of this or that.
Now you also attended Harvard and I was interested to hear more about Harvard's business oath in the global business oath. Is that something that you were involved in or influenced?
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:12:24] I was very much involved in it. According to Nitin Nohria who then became the Dean of Harvard Business School.
It was an initiative that actually began by bb, who was based at London Business School (LBS). My MBA is a kind of cross between London Business School and Harvard Business School with a little bit of Sloan from MIT. I thought it would be right that I kind of take it back to London.
I was asked to kind of spread the word, not just through London Business school, but business schools across the world. Why would we stop at just Harvard and London? Why would you not include as many business students as you could?
Then we actually went further than just you in the MBA program. Why wouldn't you, look at master's students and speak to master's students across the board. Then why would you not speak to companies directly themselves? Whether it be the young global leaders that are in the firms or the C-suite. That's what we did base on the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:13:26] Thank you. That's definitely an area I'm going to further explore. What other areas would you like to touch on and expand in? Definitely feel free to share about what you do in your work.
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:13:35] I'd say the exciting things that are happening right now. The fact that the Olympics are around the corner and the book has been chosen as a special kind of guide to the Olympics and is this week coming out in Japanese for that very purpose. That's super exciting right now.
And indeed exciting because what do we know that's positive about Peru or Paraguay or Papua New Guinea. You see the Olympics, but do we have any understanding of each of those nations or each other's best kind of quality or each of the strengths or attributes for value?
I appreciate the lens or the deep dive that will be put into each and every country in a very equitable way. So that one country is not seen as higher or lower or less or better or worse. They're all being celebrated.
The other thing that's happening this week, that's mind-blowing to me, is that the fact that the book is becoming a non-fungible token of an NFT, it's being NFT.
That is super exciting because there aren't many examples of such article creativity, or, in this case, a book that has been NFT’d that's happening now is beginning to happen. So we're kind of trailblazers in that space if you will.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:14:48] Congratulations. That's a major leap forward. And thank you for sharing that here
We'll be sure to make sure that awareness is raised around that, for sure. Mandeep, any last words as we wrap up
Dr. Mandeep Rai: [00:14:22] What this book does is essentially help us clarify the values that are important to us, or you as the reader or the individual, not to, you know, not what's important to your peer group or your friendship circle or your neighbors or your parents, but what's important to you.
It's not, it doesn't take long and it's not a, it's not a difficult process, but it's absolutely time and effort worth spending. I could say it would, the book is like a short process that helped you do a deep dive into what drives you forward. What motivates you, what gets the best out of you and helps you then focus on that.
So that you're the best version of yourself and that you're leading a legacy that you truly believe in and leaving a legacy that you'll be proud of.
Dr. Michelle St Jane: [00:15:48] Absolutely. And I treasure those comments because once I started looking through the lens of my values, my satisfaction increased. My contentment increased. My contributions were more valid and authentic, and I get to model for my daughters and my granddaughter, my communities, and also for my global audience and peers as well. I appreciate you sharing your wisdom here today.
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A founding member of the V20, a global expert and connector on Values. an International Best-Selling Author of the Values Compass. Business Book Awards 2021 recipient in the category of Diversity equity and Inclusion. She is also an inductee of Thinkers50 Class of 2021
Global authority on values and author of The Values Compass: What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose, Life and Leadership.