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Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by [Nikos Mourkogiannis, Roger Fisher]

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“... filled with ‘Aha!’ moments...”--The Dallas Morning News“The book is rarely dull and makes some refreshing points about the value of integrity and having a genuine vision of one’s business.”--Los Angeles Times“A thoughtful, passionate book about a subject that is at once very simple and highly complex... Mourkogiannis’ thinking, and prose, are wise throughout.”--Financial ExecutivePurpose is a book that will engage readers with the simplicity of explaining one key word, and the sophistication of a philosophy built on the classic moral ideas of Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Hume.”--Connecticut Business Times“Challenging and thought-provoking.”--Accounting & Business Magazine“Compelling.... the role of moral purpose in business is important; this book helps to illuminate it and has a stimulating chapter on how to apply the notions to leadership.”--The Globe and Mail“This book will change the way you look at your work and your life.”--800-CEO-READ”Shows how to harness the power of purpose to energize an organization.”--Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment (APADE)“At a time when the public holds business in such low esteem, Purpose shows leaders how to restore confidence and make money at the same time. Nikos Mourkogiannis’s message is informed, interesting, inspiring, and much-needed worldwide.”
--Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School and author of
Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
“Nikos Mourkogiannis has provided incumbent and aspiring leaders with the needed counterbalance to Bossidy’s
Execution. Execution, absent Purpose, can drive once-great enterprises off the cliff and once-great armies into chaos and destruction. This book reminds leaders of the importance of taking stock of the legacy which has made great businesses great, while renewing the values and character required to flourish for a new era.”
--Dr. Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs, Yale School of Management
“Mourkogiannis has written an outstanding and very readable book describing the qualities of leadership that are essential to create great companies and keep them great. It is important reading for all entrepreneurs and business executives and those who would like to be.”
--Martin Lipton, Partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
“Inspiring a large global organization with a common purpose whilst respecting its diversity is high on the agenda of top management. Nikos Mourkogiannis’s Purpose sheds light on the importance and practice of defining and embedding a sense of purpose in an organization and, thereby, of aligning the interests of its strategic stakeholders. I recommend the reading of this outstanding book.”
--Dr. Josef Ackermann, CEO, Deutsche Bank
“Mourkogiannis 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.”
--Douglas R. Conant, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
“Purpose is the missing piece in the corporate jigsaw of success, often overlooked by companies big and small and their employees. Nikos Mourkogiannis provides a compelling and gripping account of why this is so important, so impactful, and so inspiring. This book made me stop and reconsider my organization and I am sure it will do this same with many other CEOs.”
--Euan Sutherland, CEO, A.S. Watson UK
“Nikos is a world-class thinker. In this book he reinvents leadership and shows what great companies have in common.”
--Jacob Rothschild
“An essential resource for today’ business leaders and for the next generation as they face the fresh challenges of this new century.”
--Roger Fisher, from the foreword
“At this time, when the credibility of American CEOs has been drowned by greed, here is a roadmap for future leaders in whose wisdom the fate of the world rests. The notes and bibliography alone are worth a read--buy this book!”
--Robert A.G. Monks, co-author of Corporate Governance
“For the pharmaceutical industry, purpose is central. Mourkogiannis makes clear how we can use purpose to draw on the passion of our people to save and improve lives.”
--Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO, Novartis
“Mourkogiannis has it right: the organizations with a moral purpose are the long-term winners because they are motivated by something more powerful than money.”
--Chris Hohn, Chairman of The Children’s Investment Fund
“Nikos Mourkogiannis makes a powerful argument for purpose and its role. So many of engage the head, but so few really engage the heart and the moral convictions of our people. Who doesn’t want this in their work? I think this thesis is as important for leaders as anything we do.”
--Bracken Darrell, President, Braun
“Mourkogiannis can make things happen, because he really knows how business works.”
--Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, CEO, Linde AG”Nikos describes the importance of Purpose in corporate life in compellingly persuasive terms. Companies with firm purpose both have self-respect and command respect from outside and are far and away the best placed to generate and leverage the benefits of globalization. Beautifully written and required reading.”
--Sir David Walker, Senior Adviser, Morgan Stanley International Ltd.
“Nikos Mourkogiannis builds on the concept of pride and explains why creating Purpose is the cornerstone of so many great companies. Great visionaries have built phenomenally successful businesses by rallying front-line workers around their Purpose in ways that connect to the work itself.”
--Jon Katzenbach, KPL Katzenbach Partners LLC
“Mourkogiannis glides beautifully on the razor¿s edge of where we are in the current reality of the business world today. Purpose is the future practice that is here now. You will find insight that will help you become more aware and centered on the realities of practicing in today’s global business environment.”
--Louis Carter, President and CEO, Best Practice Institute”Building on vast experience, Mourkogiannis analyzes what drives action and adds a new dimension to leadership. A truly inspirational piece of work.”
--Thomas Thune Andersen, CEO, Maersk Oil and Partner, A.P. Moller Maersk
“An overriding sense of purpose is hard to achieve, and hard to change once achieved, but potentially transformational in its implications, as Nikos Mourkogiannis’s book so persuasively demonstrates.”
--Pankaj Ghemawat, Professor, Harvard Business School
“Across a broad array of industries and businesses, Nikos Mourkogiannis has made a substantial impact; he has an inquisitive mind with exceptional mental agility. He has turned many companies, in loss-making circumstances, into winners in this field. In Purpose he reveals many of the processes that have brought his clients success.”
--Sir Jackie Stewart”Enduring institutions--those that have stood the test of time--create value for society and base their code of conduct on values. In this context, Purpose is far more than the starting point of great companies, it is the centerline that guides institutions to greatness and significance over time. Nikos Mourkogiannis shows leaders the way to set direction and navigate the tides of growth and change.”--Ralph W. Shrader, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton ”What a rich and enjoyable book! Mourkogiannis’s ability to explain with great clarity the pre-eminence and enduring nature of purpose is remarkably inspiring in itself.”--Michel Accad, Division Head, Middle East & North Africa, Citibank”Mourkogiannis reinvents strategy by anchoring it to purpose. Strategy that has no purpose is merely tactics; true transformation of an organization depends upon the principles described in Mourkogiannis’s book.”
--Dr. Reto Francioni, CEO, Deutsche Borse”This book makes you think and think again. It deals with the most fundamental issue of combining success and acceptance. And there is no way to avoid this debate. A must read.”--Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer, BT

“Books on business usually arouse very little interest. This one is different and is a book for business in our time. I urge all business leaders from companies of any size to read this and more to the point, take its messages on board, for themselves and their colleagues.”
--Sir Colin Chandler, Chairman, easyJet PLC
“Nikos Mourkogiannis’s book brings us back to the central strategic question--the quality of purpose--and grounds it in an exciting analysis of great companies that performed well across the decades. Moral values and social purpose are rediscovered playing a vital role.”
--Professor Joseph L. Brower, Harvard Business School
“Through his vast global business experience, Nikos Mourkogiannis offers fascinating stories and insights on the role of purpose in business success. This book will inspire CEOs, aspiring CEOs, and students of business everywhere.”
--Donald T. Phillips, author of
Lincoln On Leadershipand On The Wing of Speed
“Nikos is the genuine Philosopher Consultant--with him you gain completely new insights.”
--Sir John Parker, Chairman, P&O and National Grid”A very insightful book which goes to the core of institutions’ true identities and what they stand for. We need more of Nikos’s initiatives, which ...

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Leadership consultant Mourkogiannis calls upon CEOs to invest their companies with high-minded ideas rather than strictly bottom-line concerns by discovering their "Purpose." But the definition of Purpose remains vague throughout this rhapsodical account-it's a kind of "moral DNA" that affects-but should not be mistaken for-corporate mission, vision, values and identity. Centered on case studies of five entrepreneurs-Henry Ford, Tom Watson, Sam Walton, Siegmund Warburg, and Warren Buffett-who "were driven by Purpose to innovate in a radical way," the volume makes philosophical rather than concrete links between Purpose and morale, innovation, competitive strategy and branding. The connection between Purpose and success, for example, is hardly buttressed by Mourkogiannis's examples. He laments, for instance, that Wal-Mart has gone astray since Walton's death-and yet the company remains hugely profitable. The author urges CEOs to aim for "the satisfaction that comes from yoking good corporate citizenship and high purpose to produce record profits and a noble place in the eyes of the world," but his pie-in-the-sky, Nietzschean principles may provoke less action than soul-searching. With a foreword by Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00QEJWWIE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's Press (Dec 16 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1455 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
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