More About the Author
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Meaning," is widely respected as a modern-day Greek philosopher and pioneer in transformational thinking. He is the co-founder of the Global Meaning Institute (www.globalmeaninginstitute.com) and co-author with Elaine Dundon of the Greek-inspired book, "The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work," which is grounded in Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture. His previous 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 R. Covey (author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"). "Prisoners of Our Thoughts" is currently available in 22 languages and multiple formats.
Dr. Pattakos 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 (including graduate program head). 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 an elected member of the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration. 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.
Alex understands the challenges facing people in today's uncertain times. Through his public speaking, work with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations, and university teaching, Dr. Pattakos 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 now focused on scheduling client speaking engagements, workshops/seminars, and retreats to introduce and apply (with practical tools & techniques) the core lessons of "The OPA! Way" paradigm for personal growth, leadership/executive development, and organizational transformation/performance improvement.
For information about this new paradigm and to join the online OPA! Village, visit: http://www.theopaway.com