MORAL COMPASSING, Stephen R. Covey
When managing in the wilderness of the changing times, a map is of limited worth. What’s needed is a moral compass. When I was in New York recently, I witnessed a mugging skillfully executed by a street gang. I’m sure that the members of this gang have their street maps, their common values – the highest value being, don’t fink or squeal on each other, be true and loyal to each other-but this value, as it’s interpreted and practiced by this gang, does not represent “true north” – the magnetic principle of respect for people and property. They lacked an internal moral compass. Principles are like a compass. A compass has a true north that is objective and external, that reflects natural laws or principles, as opposed to values which are subjective and internal. Because the compass represents the eternal verities of life, we must develop our value system with deep respect for “true north” principles.