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Fit for Germany - new courses in 2015

Fit for Germany

We continue to offer our cross-cultural training programme "Fit for Germany" to help you to better understand the German mindset and become more effective in the German work environment. 

You can choose between two locations - Konstanz and Stuttgart - and four dates in 2015

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Coach of the Month

I am honored to be the Expat Coach Associations's Coach of the Month in June 2014. I have also contributed an article "Examining personal and cultural authenticity" to ECA's June newsletter. The link between personality type and cultural preferences has become a focus of discussion and research among a group of coaches and trainers and I belief that new insights will add value to our clients.

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"Culture and Personality" - ECA talk on May 6th

I have been invited to speak about the link between Culture and Personality Type at the Expat Coach Associations' monthly call on May 6th. There is an increasing interest in how cultural and personality patterns are connected, what research is available - and missing - and how to bridge disconnects that seem to be present. I hope that this call will be very interactive and that participants from different fields will contribute to extending our knowledge.

The call "Culture and Personality" will take place on May 6th, 9 am Eastern, 3 pm CET.

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New training programme "Fit for Germany"

Fit for Germany

We are pleased to be able to offer our clients an exciting open training programme for foreign employees in Germany.

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China - the "hai gui" dilemma

They are often called hai gui - "sea turles", Chinese nationals educated abroad who have returned to China. While many of the approximately 2.6 million Chinese who have gone to study abroad since the late 70s built a life outside China, some 1.1 m have returned home.

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SIETAR-Europe congress in Tallinn, Estonia

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) Europe's annual congress will take place from September 18 to 21 in Tallinn, Estonia. The theme for this year's get-together of interculturalists is "Global Reach, Local Touch" and promises inspiring plenary sessions, presentations, workshops and plenty of exchange among practitioners.

For more information, go to http://www.sietareuropeacongress.org.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai - Welcoming the Year of the Snake

The Chinese community around the world will be ushering in the lunar new year on February 10th.

Stengel Consulting wishes all Chinese clients, colleagues and friends a happy and prosperous new year. May the Year of the Snake be blessed with good fortune.

Heike Stengel


Families in Global Transition

The annual "Families in Global Transition" Conference is coming up again on March 22-23, 2013  with pre-conference workshops on March 20-21.  Participants at this event in Silver Spring, MD will discuss current issues and the latest research in the area of global transitions, such as Third Culture Kids and family transitions.

For more information and registrations, check out FIGT's website www.figt.org.

Article in FOCUS magazine July/August 2 issue

The July/August 2012 issue of FOCUS, the magazine of the community for expats and international professionals living in the UK, features an article by Heike Stengel and her colleague Jeanne Heinzer. Entitled "From Surviving to Thriving: How to Live Your Best Life in the UK", it provides food for thought about how to make the most of all aspects of life as an expat. 

For a copy of the magazine, visit The FOCUS resource centre, 13 Prince of Wales Terrace in London or check out www.focus-info.org.

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In the Shadow of Her Voice. A Memoir of an Arab Woman

Isn't it amazing how quickly we claim to "know" someone?  I have "known" Muna Alyusuf - in this very casual sense of the word - for a number of years. We met in the UK where she worked as a training manager. We worked together on a number of assignments and we regularly spoke on the phone. She came across as a strong, professional woman and I appreciated her openness and straightforwardness.

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