Global Leadership, French-American Leadership and Expatriate Coaching
Every year, French leaders move to the US or take on new roles in American companies. And every year, American leaders move to France or take on new roles working within or with French companies. Leading globally and working across time zones and cultures require both inter-cultural dexterity and country-specific knowledge.
As a bilingual and bicultural dual citizen of France and the US with business experience in both countries, I have a track record of working with global executives, top managers and teams on both sides to help them:
- Accelerate their adaptation to their host country
- Increase inter-cultural awareness and effectiveness
- Build bridges
- Avoid pitfalls
- Develop synergies that bring out the best and lead to extraordinary results.
My coaching is informed by my executive inter-cultural studies and by my own international experience. I was an expatriate as a child, and I am an immigrant to the US. I have lived or worked in over 27 countries.
For expatriates in the French-American space
I have coached numerous French and American expatriates coming to /returning from North America to accelerate their adaptation and success. I have also coached entire French/American teams and other international teams.
In addition to the leader's professional transition, I approach international assignments from a whole person/whole family perspective if needed. Spousal/children difficulties are the #1 cause of failed expatriate assignments.
What most expatriates (and their families) vastly underestimate is the amount of hard work and culture shock involved in returning to their home country from an expatriate assignment. Here too, I coach on preparing far in advance, often a year ahead, for a successful return. We focus on rebuilding and maintaining effective and relevant networks in your home country, clarifying and articulating your renewed value proposition, and negotiating new positions that are aligned with your values, capabilities and lifestyle preferences.
There are significant cultural differences between France and the US in all aspects of managing your expatriate assignment and return. I coach in a way that is deeply informed by those differences.