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Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Meaning," is widely respected as a pioneer in transformational thinking. He is the founder of the OPA! Center for Meaning, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, and Rethymnon, Crete, Greece. Alex is passionate about helping people realize their highest potential and find deeper, authentic meaning in their everyday lives and work. His book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, is based on the wisdom of his mentor, the world-renown psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl (author of the classic best-seller, Man's Search for Meaning), and includes a Foreword by Dr. Stephen Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). Prisoners of Our Thoughts is already available in 20 languages and multiple formats.
Alex is a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, community/economic development policy planner, and full-time professor of public and business administration. He's worked closely with several Presidential administrations in the USA on social and economic policy matters, and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was also one of the initial faculty evaluators for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and has been a faculty member at The Brookings Institution. He is a past president of Renaissance Business Associates (RBA), an international, nonprofit association of people committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace. During his tenure as president, RBA was active in Australia, Canada, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA.
Dr. Pattakos understands the challenges facing people in today's uncertain times. Through his public speaking, work with Fortune 500 companies, public and nonprofit organizations, and university teaching, Alex has helped people at all levels build their capacities for personal and organizational transformation with a focus on and authentic commitment to meaningful value and goals that make a positive difference in the world. A proud Greek-American (of Cretan heritage), Alex ("Aleko") is the co-founder of a new initiative and brand platform, The OPA! Way®--an approach to "Living & Working with Meaning" that is uniquely inspired by and based on Greek culture. Besides being in the process of co-authoring (with Dr. Elaine Dundon) a new book on The OPA! Way, Dr. Pattakos is scheduling client speaking engagements, workshops/seminars, and retreats to introduce and apply (with practical tools & techniques) the nine lessons of The OPA! Way for personal growth, leadership/executive development, and organizational transformation/performance improvement.
For information about this new paradigm and to join the OPA! Village, visit: http://www.theopaway.com