Tag Archives: expat wife

Wait! Before signing that expat contract, ask what the spouse needs

When Benjamin Franklin remarked that nothing is certain in life but death and taxes, he clearly wasn’t thinking ahead to 21st century global mobility. I hope I’m not stepping on BFrank’s toes when I point out another certainty he failed … Continue reading

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The 7 habits of highly effective expats (redux)

On Monday I presented my interpretation of Stephen Covey’s seven habits as seen through the lens of expatriation. Today all I’m borrowing from Mr. Covey is that iconic title. (This post actually pre-dated my reading of the book by about … Continue reading

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Cross-cultural training is essential for expat spouses

During a foreign assignment, the challenges faced by expatriate managers are different from those of their spouses. The manager spends a significant portion of each day within the shelter of an organizational culture that is relatively familiar. In fact, if … Continue reading

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The 3½ stages of life, according to expats

Living overseas is a big deal. As life transitions go, it’s HUGE. So it’s not surprising that expats who have settled into their new domestic situation live thoroughly “in the moment” — even when the moment lasts years and years. … Continue reading

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(Re)introducing…Forced to Fly

Hurray for second editions! Jo Parfitt has released an updated version of an old favourite, Forced to Fly. This collection of stories about the funny side of expat life was written (as the cover so generously puts it) by expatriates … Continue reading

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Career choice and the accompanying partner

The dual career issue is one that strikes terror in the heart of many an International HR professional, and it’s not going to go away any time soon. Faced with the loss their career, many partners are balking at the … Continue reading

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Not-so-diplomatic incidents

I was sitting in Starbucks, waiting for Younger Daughter’s riding lesson to end, and I’d brought along a book to help pass the time. When the first laugh popped out, it took me by surprise. I checked to see if … Continue reading

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Career-planning tips for expat stay-at-home moms

Many expat moms decide to re-establish a career while living overseas. Careful planning is the key to a smooth transition from stay-at-home mom to working woman. Expatriate wives who are stay-at-home mothers might find that re-entering the workforce after a … Continue reading

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Loving “The Expat”

“Why would we move to Luxembourg?” “To make a lot of money, and travel around Europe all the time.” That’s not the opening of The Expats, a new thriller by Chris Pavone. But to most of us who are (or … Continue reading

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Families adjust better to expatriate life with support from HR

HR’s obligations to expatriates don’t end once they relocate abroad. Ongoing effort is required to support the family throughout the overseas assignment. Trailing spouses constantly strive for emotional homeostasis: a delicate balancing act between appreciating what they’ve gained through expat … Continue reading

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