Oakland, CA (Vocus) March 10, 2010
Women are increasingly occupying the top rungs of the corporate ladder, earning advanced degrees, launching their own businesses, and serving as the major breadwinners of their families. The role of the woman has changed which has led to a change in the woman herself. In her groundbreaking book, Wander Woman: How High- Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, June 2010, paperback), Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., draws on solid research and a wealth of clinical and personal experience to identify an emerging identity among high-achieving women.
Wander women are confident, gutsy, dynamic high achievers who don’t struggle with the same issues that their foremothers in the work world did. They aren’t afraid to speak up, aren’t racked with self-doubt, and have little trouble asserting themselves. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t struggling. Wander women often feel underutilized, bored, unfulfilled, and fearful that they are not living up to their potential or having the impact that they know they are capable of. Their solution is often to wander from job to job, career to career, business to business in search of fulfillment, and this leaves them even more anxious, exhausted, and confused. Now, for the first time, they have help.
In Wander Women: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, master coach Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., shows wander women how to “wander on purpose.” She gives them the tools they need to gain insight into why they wander and to make strategic decisions about when to move on. For many wander women this will not mean fewer changes, but smarter ones. They will move on because they are ready to take the next step, not because they can no longer stand the boredom or frustration. Reynolds also addresses the “burden of greatness” that wander women typically carry. In addition, she situates the wander woman in a historical context, noting the social, political, and historical forces that have shaped this new identity.
About The Author:
Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., is a master coach, celebrated author, and in-demand professional speaker. In addition to coaching executives in multi-national companies, she travels around the world teaching classes in leadership and consulting on organizational change programs. She has worked within a variety of industries with clients in organizations such as Medtronic, Nokia, British Telecom, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, American Express, Maersk, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Advance Auto, Home National Bank, and Staples, plus many agencies of the National Institute of Health.
Her earlier book, Outsmart Your Brain, was featured in national media, including Investor’s Business Daily, Harvard Communications Newsletter, Cosmopolitan, Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle, American Way, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. She has appeared on ABC World News, National Public Radio, and Japan Nightly News.
Reynolds is past president of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She was one of the first 100 people to earn the designation of Master Certified Coach (MCC) and was instrumental in designing the certification and accreditation programs for the ICF. She teaches coaching skills to managers around the world, helps to design internal coaching programs, and mentors many coaches both internal and external to organizations.