My Contribution: “On Being International”
I am very pleased that my paper "On Being International" has published in the book " "Glocal" Working - Living and working across the world with cultural intelligence", Bertagni, La Rosa, Salvetti, Editors, published by Franco Angeli.
Here is the abstract for my contribution. Many of you may identify with what I have written. Likely many have had similar experiences and could equally contribute your observations on the subject. My hope is that people will find my experience and the insights that I have gained to be useful.
In subsequent postings, I will continue with thoughts on the subject of being international – some extracts from my paper and development of new material. I won't post everything from my paper, of course. (For that, you will need to buy the book.)
On Being International
Reflections on living an international life – with observations and suggestions
By Mark Louis Uhrich
Being international can run the range from traveling to different countries, to being on assignment in other countries, to immigrating to another country and becoming integrated into that other culture. In all variations, it can be immensely enriching. But, at the same time, there are risks of failure – both personal and professional. Accordingly, it can be important to develop an understanding of the risks and the factors for achieving success in “being international”.
This paper explores the dimensions of being international. In it are profiled aspects of the experience, an examination of reasons for difficulty, and a development of what is involved in achieving success in the international environment. These are related to personality factors, skills, and environmental factors. The insight is developed from the perspective of the personal experience of the author, study on the subject, and observation of numerous people in several countries.
Using what has been learned, the author presents practical guidelines for both individuals involved and for organizations seeking to have people succeed in the international environment. He also presents the richness of being international and offers encouragement to those who have an interest in being so.