The Art of Crossing Cultures

The Art of Crossing Cultures

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By (author) Craig Storti

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  • Publisher: Intercultural Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 23 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1931930538
  • ISBN 13: 9781931930536
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 229,166

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Adjusting to a new culture and getting along with the local people challenge everyone who lives and works abroad. Whether in business, diplomacy, education, or as a long-term visitor abroad, 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 edition of the classic The Art of Crossing Cultures, Craig Storti shows what it takes to encounter a new culture head-on an succeed. This one-of-a-kind guidebook to bridging the cultural divide - with more than 50,000 copies sold worldwide - incorporates a stellar sampling of the writings of some of the world's greatest writers, poets and observers of the human condition. Through the vivid perceptions and words of such literary legends as Noel Coward, Graham Greene, Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster, Mark Twain, Evelyn Waugh, and others, Storti paints an intimate portrait of the personal challenges of adjusting to another culture: anticipating differences, managing the temptation to withdraw, and gradually adjusting expectations of behaviour to fit reality. This timely new edition focuses special attention on how to deal with country and culture shock and includes many new examples of cross-cultural misunderstandings - particularly in business. Storti breaks new ground with his easy-to-understand model of cultural adjustment and tips on how to master the process and develop adaptive strategies - the heart of the cross-cultural experience.

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Craig Storti is founder and director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, DC-based intercultural communications training and consulting firm. A former Peace Corps volunteer, he is author of several books including Americans at Work, Old World/New World, The Art of Coming Home, Cross-Cultural Dialogues, and Speaking of India.

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Any person facing the prospect of going abroad...would do well to start with [The Art of Crossing Cultures]. --Soundview Executive Book Summaries