Building cross-cultural intelligence.
Supporting leadership across borders.
Facilitating international adaptation.

Work and communicate effectively across borders

As an intercultural coach, I support professionals working across cultures, managers and members of multicultural teams, and executives going on assignment abroad. I also work with spouses and children accompanying executives on international assignments and people repatriating after years of international mobility.

The aim of intercultural coaching is not simply to overcome language and cultural barriers but to use difference for competitive advantage. It’s about helping people work together and communicate effectively so that cultural differences feed respect, spark curiosity, and give rise to new creative thinking.

When on international assignment, intercultural coaching is an opportunity for you to think about the new life you are starting and consider how you are going to manage the change and overcome culture shock to create a fulfilling and enriching experience of living and working in a foreign country. Whether you are moving for a fixed assignment or your stay is open-ended, I can help you thrive on the transition, integrate, and use this international opportunity to create a rewarding experience and a new life you will love.

Leading multicultural teams effectively

A greater understanding of your team’s values, sensitivities and communication style can help you bring out their best, avoid clashes, and foster an enriching and harmonious working environment. When dealing with foreign suppliers and partners, greater cultural awareness facilitates every exchange and can give you a significant advantage in negotiations.

Integrating your host country

Intercultural coaching can help you integrate and become effective in a new workplace quickly and smoothly – with fewer misunderstandings and missteps! Greater awareness of your host country’s history and customs as well as its values and communication style will ease your transition and help you create positive and productive working relationships with colleagues.

Turning a change into an opportunity

I can help you adapt to your new country and culture, managing the impact of this massive change on every aspect of your life, including: looking for work and furthering your career; creating a network and building friendships; starting and growing a relationship; maintaining a happy and harmonious family life; keeping up with hobbies and interests, and staying healthy in mind, body and spirit.

“Joanne is an expert and highly empathetic coach whose support and guidance were an absolute life-saver when I moved from the UK to live and work in Paris. A great listener – warm and informal, completely professional – Joanne tailored her advice and insights perfectly to my own individual circumstances, honing in on what I most needed to know to quickly find my feet. I came away from every session armed with unbeatable tips, suggestions, website links – and a big dose of boosted morale.”

Supporting cross-cultural awareness at every level

Cross-cultural skills

Building cross-cultural awareness  and equipping individuals and groups with the skills to manage multicultural teams, negotiate with international clients, and collaborate across borders.

Managing transition

Providing guidance and support for executives on international assignment, covering everything from understanding the other culture’s mindset and communicating effectively to networking and building a healthy new life. 

Families and children

Helping the spouses and children of executives adapt to international assignments, manage culture shock, build a fulfilling new life abroad, and repatriate with ease.