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Gary Fontaine is an Emeritus Professor of the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii. His primary professional interests center on persons, teams and organizations as they encounter the adjustment, performance and motivation challenges of "strange lands"-- novel and rapidly changing ecologies characterized by new people, places, cultures and technologies. He is particularly interested in the experiences these challenges produce, the strategies developed to deal with them, and the communication and other skills required to implement the strategies effectively. Over the years he has applied this focus to global assignments in business and government, our diverse, rapidly changing workplaces and communities at home, geographically dispersed teams, distance learning, knowledge creation and transfer, criminal justice, service delivery, and close relationships such as marriage. Most recently his emphases have been on coaching teams, managers and leaders to deal with intercultural and global diversity effectively and on self-organization and swarm optimization models of globalization in multinational enterprises.
A sample of organizations to which he has provided services includes:
Air New Zealand; American Express International; Asia Industrial Development; Asia Motors; China American; Petrochemical; Citibank; Coca-Cola; Crazy Shirts; Del Monte Fresh Fruit Asia; Digital; Dole Philippines, Inc.; Dow Chemical Pacific; Dow Chemical Singapore; Fujitsu Nagoya; Honeywell; General Electric; Green Giant Fresh; IBM Singapore; International Catholic Migration Commission; Kodak; Kong Ming Bank; Kyushu University; Manila Hilton; Mercedes-Benz; Mobil Producing Services East Asia Inc.; Motorola Semiconductor; NCR; Nestle Singapore; New Zealand Steel; Permodalan Bumiputra Sabah; Petronas; Philippine Long Distance Telephone; Reuters; Rothmans; Singapore Polytechnic; Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.; Telecom Australia; the Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University; TNT Skypack; US Agriculture Dept.; US Navy.
Interwoven with these professional interests, Dr. Fontaine’s life also involves family, travel to “strange lands” everywhere and exploring the people and places there, as well as hiking, skin diving, and collecting shells and other life experiences. For more information about both his professional and personal interests--including links to his vita, publications, courses and training seminars, and other resources--you are invited to visit his Home Page at "https://sites.google.com/site/gfstrangelands/Home”.