Summary of The Art of Coming Home

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The Art of Coming Home book summary
Returning home from an overseas work assignment is great; it’s learning to live back home again that’s tough.


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If you spent months in Paraguay or Latvia longing for modern supermarkets, octo-plex movie theaters and mega-malls, coming home will surprise you. All that consumerism, all those different breakfast cereals, all that plenty and pizzazz may not play as well with you as you had remembered. Never mind. Eventually you’ll again expect to be offered 15 different kinds of herbal tea with your $18 lunch, but when you first return and the deprivations of your overseas station are still fresh, reentry can include a big shot of culture shock. Companies pay plenty of attention to executives and workers who need help and advice when they’re given an overseas assignment. But Craig Storti thought it was time to address the needs of those same expats when they return and face the challenge of readjustment. He does so expertly in this practical guide, which includes hard logistics and some soft psychology. highly recommends this book to homecoming expats and to those who play crucial roles in managing their reentries.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The impact of re-entry experiences on returning expatriate employees; and
  • What your company can do to make re-entry smoother and more effective, in order to retain high-ranking employees after their overseas assignments.


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Everyone who moves overseas to work, study, travel or volunteer, knows about the adjustment process and the culture shock that accompanies that transition. However, far less attention has been paid to the readjustment issues those same expatriates face when they eventually ...
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About the Author

Craig Storti is founder and director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington D.C.-based international communication training and consulting firm that designs and delivers seminars on cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation. A former Peace Corps volunteer, he is the author of several books including The Art of Crossing Cultures and Figuring Foreigners Out. Storti is a veteran in the field of crossing cultures and a media spokesperson on issues of intercultural relations.

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