The Compass
and the Radar


“For those seeking to live a life that truly reflects their values, The Compass and the Radar is a must-read.”

Dorie Clark, Adjunct Professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; author of Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out


Paolo Gallo offers a unique pathway toward identifying the right career, finding the ideal job and developing a moral compass – the solid value system that will then anchor the reader in their professional lives. With a creative and engaging mix of coaching practice, management theories, case studies and personal story-telling, this book helps readers to identify both their own compass – which relates to integrity, passion and internal value systems – and radar – which helps them to understand organizational complexity and 'read' workplace dynamics and situations. The Compass and the Radar is founded on a series of searching questions that will enable anyone to find their compass and radar to achieve personal success:

  • How can I find out what my real strengths and talents are?

  • Do I love what I do? · How can I find a job with a company that truly reflects my values? · What are the prices I am willing to pay for a meaningful and rewarding career?

  • How should I define a successful career?

Key chapters offer practical tools, as well as insights on the trade-offs and difficult choices that everyone will need to make at some point in their careers – all of which will underline the importance of having the most robust moral compass.

In the midst of a volatile and uncertain world, one in which technology, AI and digital resources are transforming the work environment, The Compass and the Radar allows readers to pause, reflect, and consider who they are, what they stand for, and how to remain free.


Over the last 30 years, Paolo Gallo has been Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum in Geneva; Chief Learning Officer at The World Bank in Washington DC; and Director of Human Resources at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London. Paolo is a Chartered Fellow of the FCIPD, UK, and Certified Leadership Coach (Georgetown University, Washington DC). He has worked in more than 80 countries, and teaches regularly at Hult-Ashridge (UK) and Bocconi University (Italy) business schools. He writes for Harvard Business Review (Italy and Arabic) and is a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum Agenda Blog, Forbes and LINC Magazine Italy. The Compass and the Radar was originally published in 2016 in Italian (as La Bussola del Successo); this is now in its fifth edition and has been translated into a number of languages, including BrazilPortuguese, Arabic and Korean.

Paolo lives in Geneva with his wife, Lalia, and his daughter, Sadika.

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What others say

“For those seeking to live a life that truly reflects their values, The Compass and the Radar is a must-read.”
Dorie Clark, Adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; author of Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out

“Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a fresh perspective this book will help you find fulfilment and purpose in your chosen work.” 
Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

“This is a book that will prompt you to consider the most profound of questions, and will remain deep within your psyche for a long time to come.”
Vicki Culpin, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School; author of The Business of Sleep

“Gallo’s work offers thorough and thoughtful insights on managing one’s career.”
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group

“Through provocative stories and questions, Paolo helps us navigate a career of integrity and impact.”
Linda A. Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; award-winning author of Being the Boss and Collective Genius

“A modern-day guide to finding a professional path that inspires you as an individual ... compassionate and immensely practical.”
Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School; author of The Fearless Organization

“In this thoughtful, practical book, Paolo covers key questions to ask and frameworks to consider as you make the big decisions of your career.”
Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

Message from Daniel Pink, Linda Hill, Dorie Clark, Adam Grant, Amy Edmondson and Vicky Clark