The Art of Crossing Cultures, Third Edition

  • 2h 24m
  • Craig Storti
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • 2021

Adjusting to a new culture and getting along with the local people can be a challenge for everyone who lives and works abroad. Whether in business, diplomacy, education, or as a long-term visitor, anyone can be blind-sided by a lack of international knowledge and experience and be caught at a disadvantage.

In this completely revised and expanded third edition, Craig Storti outlines the personal challenges of adjusting to the change – anticipating differences, managing the temptation to withdraw, and gradually adjusting expectations of behaviour to fit reality – and shows what it takes to encounter a new culture head-on and succeed.

Now an established bestseller, The Art of Crossing Cultures is a one-of-a-kind guidebook to bridging the cultural divide, incorporating an easy-to-understand model of cultural adjustment, and tips on how to master the process and develop adaptive strategies. This timely new edition focuses on how to deal with country and culture shock and includes many examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings. As well as revisions throughout, it includes a brand new chapter on crossing cultures at home.

“As enlightening to the university student as it is to the practical-minded businessperson.” L. Robert Kohls, author of Survival Kit for Overseas Living

About the Author

Craig Storti is an expert on cultural communication with over thirty-years experience helping business people, diplomats, civil servants, and foreign aid workers engage effectively with people from other cultures and diverse backgrounds. 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. 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.

In this Book

  • Foreword to the First Edition
  • Country Shock
  • Culture Shock
  • In Retreat
  • The Ethnocentric Grip
  • The Art Explained
  • Language Lessons
  • The Rewards
  • The Art of Crossing Cultures—At Home


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