When You Look at Something, Do You Really See It?

When You Look at Something, Do You Really See It?

Observing carefully is an important part of navigating a new environment and culture. Look at the picture below for about 5 seconds. Now, cover the picture with something, and tell me what you saw (no cheating! ☺). A house?  An opening?  A mountain? Grass?  Some...
What Are the French Really Like?

What Are the French Really Like?

We all seem to know exactly what the French are like, right?  In fact, most of us are experts about pretty much every culture. How often have you heard these types of phrases from friends, family members or co-workers: “The Japanese are . . . .” (e.g., are...
4 Things Repatriates Can Teach You

4 Things Repatriates Can Teach You

When people take the time to ask repatriates about their international assignments, the repatriate knowledge gained during their experience abroad is often a surprise. There is enormous transformational potential in an expatriate experience — for many people, it...