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The 7 habits of highly effective (expat) people

When Stephen R. Covey, whose monster bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989, died last summer, there was such an outpouring of grief that I wondered what all the fuss was about. That’s right — … 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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What is cross-cultural training and how does it work?

Cross-cultural training (also known as intercultural training) is a multi-faceted approach to increasing the knowledge and skills required to adjust to new culture. Brookfield Global Relocation Services found that 80% of companies who responded to their “2010 Global Relocation Trends … Continue reading

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Battling re-entry shock

Your move overseas probably came with a generous helping of culture shock as you tried to come to terms with your new environment. Fortunately, the intensity of culture shock can be lessened by planning ahead and devising strategies for managing it. … Continue reading

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The sharp shock of returning home

Many expatriates, living in far-flung corners of the globe, long for home. Paralyzed by culture shock and reeling from homesickness, they imagine how wonderful it would be to return to the familiar comforts of the life they once had. Even … Continue reading

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The sneaky symptoms of culture shock

Culture shock is the state of disorientation that results from contact with a foreign culture. Most expats experience it to some degree, which is not surprising: if culture is defined as the shared reality of a group of people, then … Continue reading

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What is culture shock?

Culture shock is the state of disorientation that results from exposure to an unfamiliar culture. (Repatriating expats are affected by a variant known as reverse culture shock.) Its symptoms are both physical and psychosocial. Culture shock affects us in two … Continue reading

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Tips for the male accompanying spouse

Moving overseas is all about change: new country, new customs, new job, new language. It’s a lot to handle all at once. When the lifestyle changes include trading in a career for full-time parenting, an even bigger adjustment is required. … Continue reading

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In praise of local friends

Living overseas can sometimes be difficult, especially if your host culture is dramatically different from the way things are “back home.” Many new expatriate spouses feel overwhelmed and disoriented by the shock of a novel cultural environment. Some respond by … Continue reading

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The untranslatable ache of saudade

My friend Heather, a former Missionary Kid* (who I had the good fortune to meet at an FIGT conference a few years back), recently sent me a link to this nicely written blog post on Communicating Across Boundaries about the … Continue reading

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