Expatriate Coaching & Training
Coaching is the practice of supporting an individual through the process of achieving a specific professional or personal result. Every expatriate will benefit from Expatriate Coaching. I know from personal experience and from years of working with expatriates that the assignment will be much more likely to succeed if the assignee, and partner if there is one, is given two things; training in the cultural values of the new country and assistance with making their new country their new home. Without this support, no expat assignment will fulfill its potential and is much more likely to terminate early.
Whether the individuals involved are
- Australians leaving to become expats somewhere else
- People from 'somewhere else' arriving in Australia as expats themselves
- 'Re-Pats' returning home
they will all benefit from the intelligence, the suppport and the strategies that thoughtful, proven successful expatriate coaching and training will provide them with.
In a country where one in four people is born overseas and one in two has an overseas born parent, Australians arguably have a greater need than many to be able to engage easily with people who see things from a different cultural perspective. Whether these people are clients, colleagues or employees, communication is often hampered and in many cases utterly thwarted by people not just failing to understand someone else's way of doing things, but often being unaware that there is
The Diversity Council of Australia urges Australian business "to embrace diversity, not just tolerate it" and there are many businesses who can benefit from learning to be more comfortable with cultural diversity, in order that they may take advantage of the opportunities that cultural diversity can offer.
Being culturally intelligent is a competitive advantage and 'Code switching between cultures' is identified by the HBR as one of three key competencies needed for business success in the future. As companies become more global, it is essential to their success that they are able to use cultural diversity as a tool rather than seeing it as an obstacle.
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Originally from England, I now live in Melbourne but have moved multiple times, and lived and worked in six different countries over the last 40+ years. I know first hand how hard it is to arrive in a strange country and have to start building a new life for yourself and I would have loved the support of an expatriate coach to make my settlement process a lot easier. As a result of my experiences I now offer a combination of practical and emotional support to help your employees and their families to not just survive the ride, but actually to enjoy it.
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My personal experiences, my studies in this area and my on-going professional development have equipped me with some great tools which I know can work for you too and I also have the advantage of working with clients from different countries nearly every week and every client I work with teaches me something new. Please go to Consulting
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