Nikos Mourkogiannis is a business consultant, lawyer and writer. He is a Member of the Board of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and Honorary Visiting Professor of Practice at the Cass Business School.
He is author of the book "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies", which is taught at universities all over the world and is considered an important asset to all kinds of businesses. His book is about Leadership and Business Strategy. It offers a full analysis of the four primary business purposes: Discovery, Helping, Achievement, and Heroism.
Nikos has developed a strong affiliation with The Harvard University, where he served as a Resident Tutor in Economics, Government and Public Administration, as well as a Senior Advisor, Teaching and Research Assistant.
Nikos has been associated with three Harvard Schools: The Harvard Business School, The Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as The Harvard Law School, where he helped establish the field of Negotiations.
As a co-founder of The Harvard Negotiation Project, Nikos developed the curriculum of the first course on negotiations taught at The Harvard University, Coping with Conflict, which he taught for 5 years.
“Nikos' true passion goes beyond negotiations; it is leadership, and leadership in action that he is really interested in. His life story has given him a perspective that is different from that of most CEOs and consultants. He has never lost sight of his desire to make positive contributions to the world around him.”
During his lengthy career, Nikos has provided his services to numerous companies and governments.
Nikos' articles have been featured by well-known media organizations.
“Nikos has it right; the organizations with a moral Purpose are the long term winners because they are motivated by something more powerful than money.”
Nikos introduced the concept of Purpose in business. "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies" has been selected as one of the best business books of 2006 by strategy+business, Fast Company, Leadership Now, and 800-CEO-READ. Purpose has been endorsed by 32 chairmen and CEOs of global companies, such as Deutsche Börse, Maersk Oil, Campbell Soup Company, Braun, and Whole Foods. Nikos' book has been favourably reviewed by publications, such as The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Times.
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In "Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies", Nikos shows that the choice between values and success is no choice at all. Companies must satisfy the need for Purpose to inspire and motivate their employees. Rather than organization and structure, ideas are what cause companies to go from good to great. Drawing on examples from across multiple industries, Nikos demonstrates how a strong Purpose is the essential first step towards lasting success.
“Nikos has artfully uncovered the essence of greatness in all great companies with the concept of Purpose. Most importantly, he has brought this critical concept to life in a most powerful and approachable fashion.”