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Research on early returnees - request for participation

As cross-cultural trainer and coach, I know about the challenges of living abroad and the factors that make or break an assignment. However, solid research is still limited. If assignments end prematurely, the reasons for these early returns are usually not captured. I am therefore glad to support Dr. Nina Cole, an Associate Professor from Ryerson University, Toronto, in her study on expat early returns. I met Nina at the Families in Global Transition Conference in Houston last year and was very impressed with her research approach.

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Talk Party "Living Your Best Life Abroad"

Jeanne Heinzer, author of "Living Your Best Life Abroad" will be hosting a Talk Party at Bergli Books in Basel (Ruemelinsplatz 19) on 5th May, 2010 from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. Everybody is welcome.

I have been a contributing expert to this book and Jeanne and I are both thrilled about the feedback that we have received from the international expatriate community.

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COACHING - beyond the buzzword

There is no doubt - coaching is the new buzzword. Hardly any trainer or consultant who does not have "Coach" printed on his business card. A flood of coaching schools and certification courses have appeared out of nowhere and I receive inquiries for "one-day coachings to provide information, tipps and background knowledge." This makes me wonder whether clients and providers really understand what coaching is all about.

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New Ways of Working

An exciting conference will take place in Shanghai on Thursday, 18th March 2010. "New Ways of Working - Shape your world with coaching" is presented by the International Coach Academy (ICA) and Lobii sponsored by Adecco/Lee Hecht Harrison.

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GONG XI FA CAI

Following the lunar calendar, Chinese all over the world welcome the New Year on February 14. 2010 is the Year of the (Golden) Tiger. This animal symbolizes courage and power but also royalty and passion. Celebrations start with the traditional reunion dinner for the family and continue for 15 days.

If you would like to learn more about Chinese culture, please contact us for information on our customized seminars.

To all of of my Chinese friends, colleagues and clients: Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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SIETAR Forum 2010 coming up soon

The 2010 SIETAR Forum will take place from 25 to 27 February in Bonn. This year focuses on diversity as a resource. How can we understand, preserve and leverage diversity in an ever changing environment?

The organising team has put together an exciting event. For more information and to register go to www.sietar-forum.de.

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A year in review

Dear clients, colleagues and friends,

2009 has been a difficult year for many but with it came opportunities to have a thorough look at life and to realise that there is always a choice and that it is up to us to create our own reality.  I am very grateful for an exciting year with many memorable encounters.

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Fellow coaches presenting at FIGT 2010

The speakers for the 2010 Families in Global Transition Conference (4-6 March, 2010 in Houston, TX) have been announced and the organizers have managed to attract an impressive line-up.  Janet Bennnett , Katrina Burrus, Anne Copeland, Jo Parfit and Ruth Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids will be speaking and/or conducting workshops.

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"Moving Back Home" published in Best Life Abroad Newsletter

The latest issue of the Best Life Abroad Newsletter is featuring my article "Moving Back Home: What Repatriation Really Means".  This is a topic dear to my heart. Repatriation is one of the most neglected aspects of a life on the move. It is often emotionally challenging without the support that we often find within expatriate communities. Being aware of the possibility of reverse culture shock is a first step towards a successful repatriation. There are a few things you can do to set yourself up for a successful return home.

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Dinner talk "Understanding Asian Etiquette"

I have been invited to speak at an AsiaCircle dinner event on November 19. My talk is entitled "Understanding Asian Etiquette" and tries to raise awareness on what is considered respectful behaviour in Asian culture.   The talk will be held in German.

When:   19 November 2009, 7pm
Where:  Shanghai Restaurant, Wilimdorfer Straße 70, 70839 Gerlingen
(free parking)

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