Thriving Abroad: The definitive guide to professional and personal relocation success
The essential guide to help employees considering relocating internationally for work achieve personal and professional success abroad.
Thriving Abroad supports one of life's greatest challenges: international relocation. It empowers assignees and their partners to manage their relocation opportunity as proactively as possible in the following ways:
• Through understanding the context, opportunities and challenges of global mobility, employees and their partners make informed and conscious relocation decisions in ways that positively impact on their commitment to the assignment objectives.
• Through solid preparation from a practical and emotional perspective, assignees embark on the relocation experience with realistic expectations. This minimises surprises and enables appropriate management strategies to be created.
• Assignees conduct a conscious assessment of the purpose and value of international assignment, resulting in the creation of clear assignment objectives and goals aligned with corporate strategy.
• Partners build fulfilling personal and professional lives abroad leading to higher levels of partner satisfaction, which impacts positively on the organisation’s ability to attract key talent.
• Assignees build a deep understanding of their personal career capital; their skills and talents, job knowledge and networks, and are encouraged to engage with their employer about their longer term career development from early in the assignment.
‘This book is an important new resource in the toolbox of HR and other relocation specialist. As we give our relocated staff the opportunity of new career paths, new skills and at the same time allow spouses and dependents to fill their own roles within the process "information is power" and this book includes powerful information’.
Bud Chapman - Welfare Officer, CfBT Education Services, Brunei Darussalam.
‘As we are preparing to return home after 3 years in a host country, I wish I had known some of the questions to ask that Louise and Evelyn write about. The single biggest realisation in this journey is that none of us are alone. Wherever you are going and for whatever reason, someone else has been there before, so listen to the lessons in this book and make them part of your journey.’
Pam Barmby - SAHM, South Africa
‘Everything you need to know about the practical pitfalls of that job move abroad in one place.’
Peter Ferrigno, former Global Mobility Partner, EY
‘After reading this book you will know what you don't know now! Being an expat is a great experience in life but starting to live as an expat is quite a challenge. This book will help you to address all the issues and make your stay abroad a success. Don't be discouraged. Your preparation is a lot of work. Louise and Evelyn are the experts helping you!’
Carine Bormans, expat for 30 years and coach for expat families.
‘This is a rare book with a wide variety of books on global mobility. Thriving Abroad focus on taking the right decision and your preparation. You can read it before going to whatever country, it is just as important whether moving to Germany or Oman. The book provides you with all the questions you need to prepare well. There is a direct link between your preparation and how will you settle in. Read and use the book and it will become - as the title says - a guide to relocation success.’
Lena Lauridsen, Consultant and author of two books on relocation
‘It's an indispensable read for the assignees and their partners, a book to keep handy in the messiest moment of a family's life. With its check lists and adaptation strategies, it's great tool for coping with rationality and order to change and transition.’
Marta Guarneri, Expat with 20 years of experience both as assignee and partner
‘If you are considering an overseas assignment this excellent resource will quickly become your handbook. Offering comprehensive, accessible advice on all aspects of ensuring that your life abroad will be as successful and happy as possible, it will prompt you to consider and discuss the many important decisions to be made that can often be rushed or overlooked in the excitement and chaos that international relocation can bring. Whether you are just considering a move, in the throws of planning or have recently arrived and deep in culture shock this book provides balanced and reassuring advice that you will undoubtedly find helpful.’ Vanessa Dennet, Expat Partner
‘I wish this book had been written sixteen years ago when we first relocated, it could have saved us learning a lot of lessons the hard way! This book will prove invaluable for anyone considering an overseas move and will help them organize their thoughts in what can be an entirely overwhelming process.
Suzanna Standring, Chartered Accountant, USA
‘Thriving Abroad superbly manages a difficult task. It takes a difficult, emotionally loaded topic; collects the best research and knowledge around the subject; and collates it all in a very comprehensive, practical guide. It does all of that in a user-friendly tone and format laced with anecdote, so the intimidating topic becomes easy to read. This is going to be my go-to, well thumbed through reference book for our next move. I'll be carrying it with me everywhere!’
Maryam Afnan Ahmad, Co-Author Slurping Soup and Other Confusions, Teacher, Trainer
‘It’s an indispensable read for the assignees and their partners, a book to keep handy in the messiest moment of a family’s life. With its check lists and adaptation strategies, it’s a great tool for coping with rationality and order to change and transition.’
Marta Guarneri, HR consultant and expat with 20 years’ experience both as assignee and partner.
About the Authors
Together Louise and Evelyn have over 40 years of expatriate experience. They have relocated as employees, expat partners and parents numerous times and understand first hand the alternating highs and lows of the eclectic experience that is international relocation.
They bring their professional perspective as transition coaches to encourage a proactive, purpose-led approach, encouraging a positive, life-enhancing and fun experience for everyone involved.
Their mission is to support and empower successful international assignments that align with organizational objectives generating a win:win for all: assignees, partners, families and organizations.