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Mindful Leadership

Mindful Leadership

Wise leaders take the time to pause, reflect, and really see what is needed in the moment. They have honed the skill of getting out of their own (and their teams’) way. “Mindfulness is the place in the middle, which is not sucked in and overcome by something; nor is it pushing it away or […]

Honoring Different Ways of Knowing

Honoring Different Ways of Knowing

Honoring Different Ways of Knowing I recently returned from a visit to Bali, where I was immersed in the culture, people and a land that opened my mind and heart to more expansive ways of being and knowing.  Rarely do we have an opportunity to step away from our day-to-day lives and truly open to new ways […]

The Lost Art of Storytelling

The Lost Art of Storytelling

The Lost Art of Storytelling This summer I had the opportunity to work with a young man from Nigeria whose stories were quite thought provoking and validated our societal need to listen more generously. In our hurry to achieve and accomplish, many of us have lost the capacity for taking in much more than sound bites. […]

FIERCE INDIVIDUALISM: Our Best and Worst National Value

FIERCE INDIVIDUALISM: Our Best and Worst National Value

FIERCE INDIVIDUALISM: Our Best and Worst National Value Climate change is tied with the Islamic State as the most-feared security threat across much of the world — except in the United States, where it is the third-most severe perceived threat, after ISIS and cyberwarfare. Just 56 percent of Americans surveyed, identified global warming as the most serious […]

Would you like to learn more about China? Read “The Girl on Hummingbird Lane”

Would you like to learn more about China? Read “The Girl on Hummingbird Lane”

Would you like to learn more about China? Read “The Girl on Hummingbird Lane” If you enjoy historical fiction, take a journey into the tea-growing valleys of Yunnan province and the Akha, one of the 56 ethnic minority groups in China. This rich tale offers a rare glimpse into a way of life, that honors the […]

NATURE: Our Best Teacher for Leadership Effectiveness

NATURE: Our Best Teacher for Leadership Effectiveness

NATURE: Our Best Teacher for Leadership Effectiveness Take a walk in nature and REMEMBER what you need to know to be more effective. As you put one foot in front of the next, start tuning into the sounds around you. At first you will notice a few birds chirping. And then you will hear more. And again even more. Eventually […]

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable Whatever happened to just experiencing standing in line with nothing to do or awkwardly working your way through the pause in a conversation?  Have our handheld devices become such a crutch that they have shielded us from being with ourselves when the going gets a bit tough? Has a game of Words with Friends […]

Alone You Will Go Faster, But Together You Will Go Farther

Alone You Will Go Faster, But Together You Will Go Farther

Alone You Will Go Faster, But Together You Will Go Farther Today at yoga class the teacher paraphrased the well-known African idiom:  “Alone you will go faster, but within this community, you will go farther.”  Of course it depends on the community or group, but in general, do you subscribe to this thinking? Despite an increasingly […]

“The African Doctor”​ – An inspiring film about perseverance and what it takes to live and work in a country and culture different from your own.

“The African Doctor”​ – An inspiring film about perseverance and what it takes to live and work in a country and culture different from your own.

“The African Doctor”​ – An inspiring film about perseverance and what it takes to live and work in a country and culture different from your own. TRAILER   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2UZe8FNsck On a recent flight from Germany to the US, I watched a delightful film that was not only entertaining, but exemplified the traits needed to successfully live and […]

Global Programs

Global Programs

– Global Communication Effectiveness:  August 29th Chester, UK  (private) – Global Team Effectiveness:  September 17th, Toronto, Canada (private) Upcoming:  Developing a Global Network:  “Relationship first, expertise second” Minneapolis, MN USA/May 2014* registration begins January 2014 Paris, France/Fall 2014  *registration begins May 2014

News from the President of Athena

News from the President of Athena

Welcome to our new website.  We would like to create a forum for discussion of current cross-cultural topics, facing global leaders and their teams, remote teams, expatriates and their families, as well as repatriates.  If you have a story to share, please contact us here. Once a month we will be sharing suggestions, information on […]

Women in Expatriation

Women in Expatriation

To our readers: I spent a great deal of time researching material available on female expatriates.  It is an interesting subject, as I feel my experiences are somewhat jaded.  I work with amazingly progressive clients. Companies who choose their expatriates based on talents, skills and the perceived ability to succeed in the foreign market.  The […]

Third Culture Kids: Repatriation

Third Culture Kids: Repatriation

To our readers: Repatriation is often miss-understood. Often times coming home is more challenging than going abroad. People always assume that coming home is going to be easy, you know the culture and the system, how it works. You are often overwhelmed with the expectations of others that you should be happy to be home […]

Cultural training puts everything into context

Cultural training puts everything into context

When it comes to international development, one world doesn’t fit all. Here’s why you need to be trained before your train leaves the station. A franchisor’s international team must stay at the nicest hotels, dress to the nines and spend leisurely time getting to know prospects over good food at fine restaurants. But before they […]

A Mindful Path to Global Leadership

A Mindful Path to Global Leadership

A Mindful Path to Global Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness—attention and awareness—with the practical tools of effective cross-cultural management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to today’s increasingly complex and dynamic work environment. Outcomes of program include: More effective goal attainment through discovering new approaches to work Increased focus […]

Good Read: How to take coffee in cannes without causing a stir and more insider tips on tipping abroad

Good Read: How to take coffee in cannes without causing a stir and more insider tips on tipping abroad

To tip or not to tip? The oldest of travel conundrums. Every country has a unique set of social customs and tipping etiquette can vary greatly between different cultures. Deciding whether or not to tip is the easy part; the real problem lies in deciding how much to tip. Too little might be considered an […]

Suggested Read: “Know Thyself”

Suggested Read: “Know Thyself”

Dear Clients, I have had the privilege of working with many amazing people over the years.  One of my clients who has just repatriated from her second assignment shared the following blog with me.   With her permission, I am sharing it with you.   It is a lovely account of the opportunities presented to us when […]

The transition that never ends: The ongoing cycle of expat Stayers, Goers and Newbies

The transition that never ends: The ongoing cycle of expat Stayers, Goers and Newbies

It’s not yet Christmas . . . and already I’m thinking about June. There is a reason for that. Where I live people come and go . . . a lot. That’s the part that they don’t put in the brochure when you move abroad . . . “Adventure of a lifetime — Explore exotic […]

NYTimes.com: Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came Month 13

NYTimes.com: Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came Month 13

The cross-cultural struggle is their daily for immigrants. This is an amazing article on the reality of that struggle. Please take a moment to read it. Regards, Pam Pappas Stanoch Read the story here

New Article March 3rd

New Article March 3rd

Today at yoga class the teacher paraphrased the well-known African idiom:  “Alone you will go faster, but within this community, you will go farther.”  Of course it depends on the community or group, but in general, do you subscribe to this thinking? Despite an increasingly global society, different countries and cultures tend to see the world somewhere […]

The End of Reflection

The End of Reflection

There are many moments throughout my average day that, lacking print reading material in a previous era, were once occupied by thinking or observing my surroundings: walking or waiting somewhere, riding the subway, lying in bed unable to sleep or before mustering the energy to get up. Now, though, I often find myself in these […]

You Break It, You Own It

You Break It, You Own It

The British vote by a narrow majority to leave the European Union is not the end of the world — but it does show us how we can get there. A major European power, a longtime defender of liberal democracy, pluralism and free markets, falls under the sway of a few cynical politicians who see […]

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