The Art of Coming Home
Expecting that home will be the way it was when you left? Are you instead shocked to discover that both you and home have changed? The Art of Coming Home offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of the transition experience. Veteran trainer, consultant and adventurer Craig Storti takes you step by step through the process of returning home after spending time abroad. He defines the four stages of reentry - leave taking, the honeymoon, reverse culture shock and readjustment - and what to expect at each phase, concluding with practical suggestions for successful repatriation. Understanding that reentry isn't just hard on the individual, Storti also examines reentry issues for spouses, teenagers and young children. Storti offers both individuals and their children advice for dealing with reentry before and after departure from the overseas posting. Coming back home from spending time abroad can be almost as exciting as being away, and just as stressful. Prepare yourself for what's ahead with Craig Storti's The Art of Coming Home.
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Coming Home 2 The Stages of Reentry 3 The Return of the Employee 4 The Return of Spouses and Children 5 Special Populations Epilogue Useful Resources Bibliography Index
Craig Storti is founder and co-director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, D.C.-based intercultural communication training and consulting firm specializing in seminars on cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation. With work appearing in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, he is the author of six books, including Speaking of India: Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians and the bestselling Cross-Cultural Dialogues, The Art of Crossing Cultures, and The Art of Coming Home. Having lived nearly a quarter of his life abroad, he lives now in Maryland. www.craigstorti.com
"A valuable resource for expatriates returning home, the families returning with them, their employers, and family and friends who want to understand and support their transition. " - Donna Stringer, President, Executive Diversity Services