Global Education and Development

Creating a Comprehensive Global Education Program in key domestic and international locations improves performance and results. By developing comprehensive long-term education programs to enhance learning and to develop global leadership using both external and internal resources maximizes the utilization of resources and talents within a global company.

Developing women in global leadership

The program is designed to improve communication and decision-making effectiveness, enhance awareness and positive response to all members of the team in order to achieve maximum effectiveness as women in leadership and as female employees within a global organization. By identifying strengths and challenges among female leadership and staff we will develop an ongoing learning program which will serve as a basis for improving the working relationships of men and women and to increase the percentage of women in leadership within your global network of talent.

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:
1. More effective goal attainment through discovering new approaches to work
2. Increased focus and calmness for maximizing peak performance
3. Better decision-making ability and clarifying of priorities in stressful situations
4. Insights for improved relationships with international colleagues, clients and teams
5. Accelerated technique for growth and leadership development

Who should attend:
1. High potential employees considering international assignments
2. Executives working in or managing international teams
3. Global leaders

Price: $3600, 4 hours, up to 20 participants (option for follow up one-one coaching)

A Mindful Path to Global Leadership is designed to help leaders discover a way to cultivate their deepest potential and lead with excellence and wisdom, ultimately improving their well-being and organizational success.

Global Team Management

We work with global leaders and team members to examine global communication styles and process, as well as developing an understanding of the values of the culture and how it impacts business decisions. “Using tools such as Kolb’s “Learning Style Inventory”, “Appreciative Values” and various simulations…we work with clients to develop an action plan which is both serviceable and fluid.

Cross-Cultural Coaching for Expatriates and their families

Coaching is about moving a valuable person to where they need to be. Cross-cultural coaching provides Relevant Insight (contributes: i.e. cultural insight), Realistic Options (creates) and Responsible Action (plans with the client). Most importantly, coaching is focused on the desired outcomes of the participant and their families. The primary function of cross-cultural coaching is development. It allows participants to examine established skill sets, apply them to their current situation and create a fluid strategic plan they can adjust and redefine as challenges and opportunities present themselves in the new location.

Tools and Assessments

The Learning Style Inventory:
– Identify how to resolve global communication effectiveness issues which arise when working as a part of a multi-cultural team
– Improve cross-cultural skills when working with multi-cultural teams
– Identify the necessary tools to improve communication effectiveness when working as a part of a multi-cultural team.
– Improve personal and professional skills to enhance global communication effectiveness.

Appreciative Interview Process
 Examining the intercultural dimension adds a depth of understanding to create solutions and action plans for moving forward effectively as members of a multi-cultural Leadership team.

Ecotonos: A cross-cultural simulation
“Ecotonos” is a cross-cultural simulation designed to raise levels of awareness and preparedness when working with people across borders. It identifies challenges and opportunities when working with culture groups who have methods of operation different than their own. Upon completion of the simulation itself, we will develop a cross-cultural action plan which will be provided to participants within 3 business days of the session.

IDI (Intercultural Developement Inventory)
MBTI(Myers Briggs Type Inventory)
DISC assessment
COI(Cultural Orientations Indicator)

Diversity and Inclusion

Helping leaders develop action steps to increase diversity and inclusion at every level of their organization is key to their success. Individuals, teams and functional groups operate at peak performance and engagement levels when they are acknowledged, respected, and trust that systems are in place to help all employees thrive. Athena International begins any diversity initiative by gaining the commitment of all stakeholders to take the time to clarify their own cultural identity and cultural values. Our experience shows that knowing and understanding oneself and one’s social group placement within the context of the whole is the key to understanding and valuing difference. This step allows organizations to assess existing processes and systems that may undermine a truly meritocratic culture and put the organization in jeopardy competitively. From there, the work / fun begins as we celebrate difference and explore shared values with people from different backgrounds, experiences and abilities, to build an organizational culture of learning, innovation and empowerment for all. Building this common lens where the organization as a whole places value on differences helps us to create equal opportunities and affords the organization access to new possibilities.”