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Phenastus Green

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Green, Phenastus
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Phenastus ( Simon ) Green, a 65 year old African American, has degrees in Educational Psychology and Sociology from institutions in New York/Vermont/Wash. D.C. respectively. He also holds an Art degree from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.
He has followed non-credit courses in Applied Psychology, Comparative Religions, Philosophy , and Organizational Behavior at U. Mass., Boston College and Harvard. He was trained as a trainer, coach and consultant by the A.M.A. and Training House, in the US.
After his military service from 1967 to 1969, the above mentioned educational itinerary began but was interrupted by a 2 ½ year monastic retreat in a small Trappist community, on the French Atlantic coast. This experience was followed by an 18 month retreat in the Dordogne Valley with a group of Tibetan Buddhist refugee monks.
Although his “ formal ” education reconvened at this point, it was interspersed with periods of creative expression through sculpture, cabinet making and theater arts.
He has lived in France since 1978 and his French is fluent.
His broad life experience, his desires to evolve, and to be of service, while maintaining his authenticity, are reflected in his interventions through listening, patience, presence, enthusiasm, intuitive conceptual insights and rigor.
His work in the field of Human Resources Development began in 1975 with the a post as Director of Training for a Miami based associative institution, focusing on the social /occupational reinsertion of Vietnam Veterans.
Arriving in France in 1978 he began working for the French DASS in 1985, as Counselor for French children in “difficulty”. Simon is fond of saying that this experience taught him the importance of empathy, a lesson he has not forgotten.
In 1990, working as an independent trainer for the GREATA in France was his next HR experience. He became a supplier of Management Training and Coaching in the English language to the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry. After a few years he was offered a post at the CCI, and in 1992 he set-up a small unit of international HRD Consultants, offering Coaching, as well as Training & Development Interventions and began working throughout Europe.
It was at this time that EUREAS, ( now ABA ), an educational association in Blagnac, piloted by the then AIRBUS Industries, became one of his key accounts and after four years as prime supplier for EURESAS, he excepted a post as Principal Consultant at EURESAS. Here he worked in the areas of Interpersonal Communication, Operational Team Building and Leadership Development, equipping teams and individuals to be effective in complex international environments.

A serious illness cut his time at EURESAS short and after 4 years Simon took a one year sabbatical to recover.

Upon returning to work in 2001, he accepted a post as in AIRBUS HR as a Management /Leadership Development expert .

He was obliged to resign one year later for health reasons.

Mr. Green has maintained a privileged relationship with EADS and in the year 2002 he was involved in the design, development and delivery of Team Learning and Development interventions touching more than 300 AIRBUS Managers. In 2003, interventions conducted either by Simon alone or jointly with other professionals, were delivered to some 400 EADS Managers.

In 2004 those numbers rose to 550 and included the A380 Management Team. Simon has facilitated Strategy Workshops for them, as well as supporting the general learning and development of A380 Project Leaders with Supportive Leadership workshops, as a Team Coach and with the delivery of Skillful Team Conversations Training, as a way of coaching peers and subordinates to help them increase their collaborative effectiveness and to help them overcome costly misunderstandings.

In 2005/06 his activity was extended to accompanying the Airbus CEO and the ExCom Team in their efforts at team development and the implementation of a set of AIRBUS Company Values. Throughout the year 2006 and into 08 his delivery of Team Learning and Leadership Development interventions remained stable, with him also delivering Strategic Leadership Development services to several CEOs & Management Committees in 3/5 EADS Divisions.
In the second half of 2008 he began a Transformational Leadership project, delivering consultancy, facilitation and learning & development interventions to the CEO and ExCom 1 of the 2 remaining Divisions.

In 2008/10 as a response to human needs and ever evolving industrial/business requirements, Simon has developed and implemented an approach to Community Building. He remains humbled by the success of these interventions and continues to invest in the resource library which contributes to the breadth and depth of the approach and the learning and development activities employed during the workshops.

These Community Building interventions/workshops are delivered to a wide variety of activity sectors ranging from Global Black Belt to HRBP Communities.
During the year 2010 a need for culturally related interventions rose sharply. As a response to the additional learners brought to the arena by this increase in demand, a case based learning approach linking dialogue, learning journals and action learning was developed. This approach is now a standard element of his learning event design.
During this 35 year HRD journey, he has delivered a wide variety of interventions in the most diverse and some what surprising settings. This includes 25 years of service to Multinational Corporations located in Africa, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
Throughout this time his interventions have been on – going popular and helpful.

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