A Great Move

What makes A Great Move? Whether you are a first-time expat or an experienced one, this book provides the principles and proven process you need to follow to make a successful international move. Principles such as the importance of knowing your concept of home, understanding the stages of transition, and taking into consideration the needs of everyone who moves, equip you with the right mindset for approaching every phase of the move.

The step-by-step process described in this book guides you in deciding whether and where to move, planning and preparing for relocation, making the move with minimal stress or surprises and, finally, settling in and creating your new home. Based on extensive research and interviews with expats from diverse backgrounds, the book addresses both the practical and emotional aspects of expat life. Filled with real stories and practical tools, A Great Move is the only resource you need to survive and thrive in your expat adventure.

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About The Author

Katia Vlachos

Katia Vlachos is a writer, coach and experienced expat. She writes on cross-cultural adaptation and the rewards and challenges of expatriate life. As a coach, she helps her clients navigate transitions, whether it is making an international move, changing career direction or coping with separation or divorce. Katia is a researcher and defense analyst by training, with a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Corporation and a masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

Synopsis

What makes a great move? Whether you are a first-time expat or an experienced one, this book provides the principles and proven process you need to follow to make a successful international move. Principles such as the importance of knowing your concept of home, understanding the stages of transition, and taking into consideration the needs of everyone who moves, will equip you with the right mindset for approaching every phase of the move.

The step-by-step process described in this book guides you in deciding whether and where to move, planning and preparing for relocation, making the move with minimal stress or surprises and, finally, settling in and creating your new home. Based on extensive research and interviews with expats from diverse backgrounds, the book addresses both the practical and emotional aspects of expat life.

Filled with real stories and practical tools, A Great Move is the only resource you need to survive and thrive in your expat adventure.

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The Testimonials

Alan Watts, President, Asia-Pacific, Hilton

“This book is a great ‘how to’ for anyone considering a global move. Katia Vlachos highlights the need for leaders to pay as much attention to planning for potential lifestyle, support system and cultural changes as they do for taking the new role. Neglecting to do this can lead to unhappiness and frustration in the initial stages of the move, potential underperformance and, in extreme cases, even failure in the new job.”

Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds

“An amazingly complete book that looks at the needs of adults as well as children in any global move. It includes thoughtful advice wise movers must consider in order to maintain emotional and physical balance during this time. A Great Move is replete with solid, practical suggestions for what all members of the family can do to not only move well, but also thrive in the new place. For all those planning to move, this book is invaluable.”

Paul Kelly, Global Relocation & Immigration Program Manager, Intel Corporation

“A Great Move is everything you need to make a successful expatiate assignment. With all the bases covered, Katia superbly captures the fundamental thoughts, emotions and drivers crucial in deciding to leave the comfort of your home (or country), enjoying the assignment adventure, all while achieving your personal and professional goals.”

Linda Janssen, author of The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures

"Finally, a book about moving abroad that addresses the social, emotional and psychological along with the physical, practical and career considerations! Katia Vlachos's A Great Move: Surviving and Thriving in Your Expat Assignment covers all the bases, outlining the five areas that truly matter and demand your attention as you move through the stages of deciding, preparing, moving and settling in a different country or culture. The balance between information, empathy and guidance is perfect, with stories of actual expat experiences woven throughout, along with snapshot assessments, chapter Checklists, and Common Mistakes. A Great Move will help you create the conditions for having the challenging, yet compulsory caring conversations, connection and clarity needed when considering an international move, and the tools to help make the ensuing transitions shorter, softer and steadier."

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