Item description for The Art of Coming Home by Craig Storti...
Expecting that home will be the way it was when you left? Are you instead shocked to discover that both you and home have changed? The Art of Coming Home offers the solid advice you need to reduce the stress of the transition experience.Veteran trainer, consultant and adventurer Craig Storti takes you step by step through the process of returning home after spending time abroad. He defines the four stages of reentry-leave taking, the honeymoon, reverse culture shock and readjustment-and what to expect at each phase, concluding with practical suggestions for successful repatriation. Understanding that reentry isn't just hard on the individual, Storti also examines reentry issues for spouses, teenagers, and young children. Storti offers both individuals and their children advice for dealing with reentry before and after departure from the overseas posting. Coming back home from spending time abroad can be almost as exciting as being away, and just as stressful. Prepare yourself for what's ahead with Craig Storti's The Art of Coming Home. A valuable resource for expatriates returning home, the families returning with them, their employers, and family and friends who want to understand and support their transition.-Donna Stringer, President, Executive Diversity ServicesContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1 Coming Home2 The Stages of Reentry3 The Return of the Employee4 The Return of Spouses and Children5 Special PopulationsEpilogueUseful ResourcesBibliographyIndex
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Craig Storti has over 30-years of experience as a trainer and consultant working with business people, diplomats, civil servants, and foreign aid workers to help them work and engage effectively with people from other cultures and diverse backgrounds. He is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies on international joint ventures and expat/repat issues, he leads cross-cultural workshops for international agencies and organizations on four continents, and assists numerous corporations and government agencies to better manage global teams and culturally diverse workforces. A popular speaker, Craig is represented by The Washington Speakers' Bureau. He has written for a number of national magazines and major newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has lived nearly a quarter of his life abroad-with extended stays in Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures-he speaks French, Arabic, and Nepali. Craig is also Vice President of Intercultural Programs for the Toronto-based Human Resources firm proLearning innovations.
Craig Storti currently resides in Westminster, in the state of Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Art of Coming Home?
let down Oct 3, 2007
This book killed all of our excitement about coming home and offers no usefool tools or resources. The author states the obvious and basically drones on on an about how horrible it is to come home. If you want to be depressed then buy this book. Poor writting, no content, and not as exciting and essential as it claims to be. It's a big NO NO!
much appreciated Jul 26, 2006
Craig Storti has made an important contribution to both people going to work in another culture and those returning to their home culture.
Insightful! Mar 5, 2003
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. We from getAbstract highly recommend this book to homecoming expats and to those who play crucial roles in managing their reentries.
A decent resource... Aug 5, 2000
Of no surprise to anyone who has lived overseas and then attempted a successful 're-entry', coming home is tremendously more stressful and difficult than leaving home. Storti directs a company that designs and delivers seminars in cross-cultural adjustment, repatriation and multicultural diversity. Most striking about this book was how complex the issues are surrounding the re-entry of a family or person into a society and culture that no longer feels like his/her own. One of the most remarkable results of living overseas is that you come to understand your own culture much better and more clearly then those at home who are 'in' it. We experience this when we come home even for brief periods - the US is so enveloped in its high-consumerism that an outsider has difficulty finding value in the every day. While Americans have learned to absorb the 1000 cable channels, and 800 varieties of dog foods in the supermarket aisles, expatriates find it highly stressful to come back to a country where abundance, waste, and intense material comforts are the norm (after they've lived in places where all of these things are harder to find and they've adjusted thusly). Storti is also careful to speak to the frustrations that the homebound friends and family experience when their loved ones decend upon them after what they see as tremendous opportunities for cultural and personal growth. I found this book a very good resource and will likely pick it up again every time I am heading home - for a new series of stresses - to help remember why these stresses exist and how to soften them.
Rings true to my repatriation experience Jun 20, 2000
This book captured and helped make sense of the unsettling experiences my wife and I had in returning to the US after four years living and working in England. I think the best time to read it might be before you leave, but I only found it after returning (and hearing the author speak to a group of repatriates).
The book includes good practical insights and suggestions for employees, employers and co-workers, spouses, families, and teens/kids experiencing what the book calls "reverse culture shock."