Is there a correlation between Greek philosophy and the improvement of quality of life, business success, and wisdom?
The answer to this question can be given by Dr. Alkistis Agio, Inspirational Speaker, Philosopher, Visionary, Creator of “The Greek Oracle” App.
Dr. Alkistis Agio, for over 20 years now, has trained C-Suite managers at some of the world’s leading corporations like Sony, Mercedez, Barclays Bank, Novartis, Bayer, Bosch, CCC, TUI, BMW, and more, through “The Alkistis Method” which is founded on Greek philosophy.
Company executives through her guidance can manage stress, fear of exposure to a large audience, and communication and management techniques while improving their leadership presence.
Many VIPs have recommended her work including Steve Wosniak (Apple co-founder), Dr. Drew (American TV Host), Nadia Comaneci (Multiple Olympic Gold Medalist), Jason Silva (Filmmaker, Philosopher, American TV host), Pricilla Presley (Actress, former wife of Elvis Presley), Arianna Huffington (Publisher, Author) and more.
Can you tell us a few words about your signature method of self-liberation?
Dr. Alkistis Agio: The Alkistis Method is based on Greek philosophy and particularly on Stoicism which is found in the teachings of Socrates helping to develop mental resilience and self-leadership.
Self-leadership means having an evolved sense of who you are, where you’re going, and what you are willing to do to get there. But also the ability to influence yourself and others, in order to achieve your goals. Finding our life purpose and controlling our anger and anxiety are not new challenges. They go way back, even before Socrates, who taught that: “For a man to lead others, he must first lead himself”. Nowadays, people experience deep levels of anxiety, depression and stress and have lost faith in science alone. A real vacuum has emerged, which Greek Philosophy can help fill. It’s not by chance that Steve Jobs once said, “I would give up all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.”
Usually, CEOs and business executives have a lot of stress. Is it an easy process the transition from anxiety and anger to calm, confident self-leadership through your guidance?
Dr. Alkistis Agio: Many people have nowadays embraced Stoicism as they see effective benefits in their lives through it. Through sessions both professionally and personally one can apply the principles of Stoicism. He can attend group seminars but also do personal coaching that is addressed mainly to company executives with topics such as stress management, public speaking, communication, and management techniques.
Stoicism does not identify or negate any religion. Everyone, regardless of their beliefs, can find things that will develop and strengthen them. It is a compass in the search for our inner happiness and bliss through a way of thinking and acting based on the principles taught by ancient Greek philosophers.
In essence, these are exercises through personal work with ourselves. We study and rely on various sayings of ancient philosophers such as the Epictetus who is one of the leading Stoics: “It is not the facts that upset us and stress us, it is our approach to them”. So in practice when one faces a problem, one can think from the point of view from which one interprets it and find the solution from some other approach towards it.
But in addition to the expressions that are in fact guides to action, we also adopt some practices that help us face and live life with more power. One of them is the so-called “Remembrance of the day” which is a kind of diary that one can write at the end of the day. It is a very good practice of self-criticism and self-improvement but also self-knowledge and gratitude. Another practice is “View from above”. In other words, to adopt a point of view from above. In this way you are in the facts but you can also examine them from above more neutral and more universal as you move away from them.
You have coached many VIPs all over the world. Do you remember a specific story with one of these people?
Dr. Alkistis Agio: Steve Wosniak, Co-Founder of Apple is one of the greatest fans of my book titled “From Fear to Freedom”. When asked by journalists he says “Alkistis is a hero to me. She is a modern Greek oracle and philosopher”.
Can you give some simple tips for CEOs and business executives on how to cope with stress in their daily routine?
Dr. Alkistis Agio: Well, my latest project the “Greek Oracle Cards & App”, is a unique approach to overcoming anxiety, stress, anger, resentment, depression, and other fear-based emotions, based on Greek philosophy. A free trial is available on my website.
How can someone take advantage of it? Think of your most pressing problem or challenge right now in your life. Click the button in the app or pull a card from the deck. The Result? You will receive a wise inspiration to guide you through this difficulty! The answers are based on Greek philosophy.
Dr. Alkistis Agio is a world-renowned speaker and author of many books, including “You Can Realize Your Dreams”, “From Fear To Freedom” etc. Of Greek descent, she grew up in Montreal and worked in Italy, France, Germany, Greece, the USA, and the United Arab Emirates. She studied International Banking at the Chartered Institute of Bankers in London, postgraduate studies in Integrative Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Counseling. For more than 20 years she has been working as a self-improvement and professional development consultant, through “The Alkistis Method®”. Her clients include some of the largest companies in the world, and she has helped millions of professionals take control of their lives, either through in-person sessions or online courses. In 2019, she co-hosted a historic event, “STOICON”, the first international conference of Modern Stoics in Athens, Greece. Learn more about Alkistis Agio and Stoicism at www.modernstoicism.com and www.alkistis.net.
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