Presence in Strange Lands

Presence in Strange Lands

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:qTable Normalq; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:qq; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:qTimes New Romanq; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Strange Lands -- we were all born into one. Most of us over the years have by choice or necessity molded ours into the much more familiar and predictable place we call qhome.q But strange lands are still out there, everywhere. By qstrange landsq I mean those relationships, teams, organizations, or foreign lands within which we must deal effectively with new peoples, cultures, places, and technologies. Increasingly we confront these lands abroad on global assignments for multinationals, in foreign study, or intercultural marriage, or even as tourists. We encounter them face-to-face or online as we participate more and more in geographically dispersed teams. And, of course, we encounter them at home every time we wander into our culturally diverse office, classroom or bar. Presence in Strange Lands focuses most significantly on those literal new lands encountered on sojourns abroad, though it deals significantly with these others as well. qWhy do we journey to such lands?q That, in a nutshell, is what this book is about. In spite of ecoshock, frustration, fatigue, failure, and sometimes danger what lures we sojourners from home to the road? What causes us to journey to these strange lands for an assignment, a career or a lifetime? What keeps us there? And, what entices us back there, again, and againa€“the job, the money, the adventure, the people and cultures we find, the challenges we encounter, the stories we can later tell? That is what this book is about. It is also about the tools we need to take with us to be optimally effective in these lands. But most particularly, it explores the experience of a qsense of presenceq -- the heightened immediacy, broad awareness, vividness, responsivity, and clarity so commonly described by sojourners on these journeys. It explores what a sense of presence is, what induces it, what nurtures it, and its key role in helping us deal with the challenges to success encountered in these lands. It introduces the a€œpresence-seekersa€ -- sometimes presence a€œjunkiesa€ -- for whom a heightened presence is the allure of a life on the road. And it describes what happens as we return to that once familiar land we called qhome.q Presence in Strange Lands unfolds through the words of numerous sojourners on a broad variety of journeys to very diverse lands (an excerpt from one such opens this prospectus). These descriptions of a sense of presence were elicited through several research projects with methodologies ranging from informal interviews, to focus groups, to web-based forums. They are intertwined with interpretation based on current research and theory to guide readers to a better understanding of their own experiences and to better deal with the challenges encountered in their own strange lands.But in these ecologies optimizing presence requires going beyond architecture to aquot;interior decoratingaquot; the site by spraying texture on all its surfaces. For it is that ... Exchanging small talk, stories of travels, vacations, celebrations, sorrows, hopes and fears all help merge the worlds together. ... chat, a forum to share a joke with, a hall in which to scream, or a seam to talk (to anyone) between time zones!

Title:Presence in Strange Lands
Author:Gary Fontaine
Publisher:Gary Fontaine - 2012-11-05


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