Changing country, home and job changes so many parameters in your life that it is of outmost importance to be well prepared.
I have been advising expatriated for many years, and my experience is that the optimal way is to give 6-12 hours of coaching spread over 3-5 sessions.
The first before moving, and the others after the move.
Information and training in what it is like to be expatriated, relevant country specific information and what you general can expect: “The three phases”, “How to keep the communication to the home country, both professionally and privately”, “How to meet the new culture “.
We will also identify the areas that are important for you and your family, and start working with them. This will different from family to family.
- Session (2-3 weeks after the relocation, in the middle of “Everything’s new and exciting phase”).
Continued work and adjustment of focus areas. In this session we typically eliminate many small frustrations before they grow big, and we work is very concrete on how to communicate across cultures.
- Session (3-4 months after the relocation when the “holiday phase” is over)
Now you have some solid experience from the new country, and we look at the basic assumptions that are being created and adjust them so your expatriation will be fruitful and rewarding for you, your family and the company.
A central part of cultural training is to make unconscious assumptions known and train your ability to discover the unconscious assumptions of the new culture.
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