Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction

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There is a new generation of high-achieving women: confident, ambitious, and driven yet anxious, discontented, and above all, restless. Constantly juggling multiple roles and reevaluating goals, today's "wander women" move from job to job, challenge to challenge, almost on impulse. Drawing on fresh research and extensive interviews, Marcia Reynolds helps you understand the roots of your restlessness and learn how to make your wandering a conscious strategy, not a series of unplanned events. She provides a wealth ...

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Overview

There is a new generation of high-achieving women: confident, ambitious, and driven yet anxious, discontented, and above all, restless. Constantly juggling multiple roles and reevaluating goals, today's "wander women" move from job to job, challenge to challenge, almost on impulse. Drawing on fresh research and extensive interviews, Marcia Reynolds helps you understand the roots of your restlessness and learn how to make your wandering a conscious strategy, not a series of unplanned events. She provides a wealth of exercises and practices so you can better understand the needs that drive your decisions, discover new ways of finding direction, and thoughtfully choose and plan your future-whether climbing the corporate ladder, finding satisfaction below the glass ceiling, or setting out on your own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605093512
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 637,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Reynolds 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. In 2004, she earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional from the National Speakers Association. She also runs an annual retreat on Keynote Development and provides speech coaching for many of her clients. Excerpts from her books and interviews have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Harvard Management Review, Health Magazine, Fitness, Shape, Self, Entrepreneur, Cooking Light, Christian Science Monitor, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, LA Times, Arizona Republic, two airline magazines, ReadersDigest.com, CNN.com, More.com and features in the largest Business magazines in Moscow and Kiev. She has appeared on ABC World News, National Public Radio, and Japan Nightly News. Marcia’s doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research emphasis on the personal factors that both hinder and help in the success of high-achieving women in today’s corporations.Her book Wander Woman is a gold medal winner of the Axiom Business Book awards.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I The Quiet Revolution

1 The Road to Somewhere 3

2 The Burden of Greatness 26

Part II Intentional Transformation

3 Claiming Your Selves 47

4 Debunking Your Assumptions 71

5 Opening the Windows 91

6 Choosing Your Course 116

Part III "Wandering on Purpose

7 Maintaining the Momentum 135

8 Navigating Through, Below, or Away from the Glass 157

9 Raising the Flag 183

10 A Tribe, or a Growing Revolution? 196

Notes on the Research 203

Chapter Notes 207

Acknowledgments 219

Index 223

About the Author 233

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Good advice for executive women seeking meaning

    Surprisingly little research has examined why contemporary women leave their corporate jobs for new ones more often than men do. Organizational psychologist Marcia Reynolds interviewed 100 "high-achieving women" to discover why they often change jobs and don't wait around to climb the career ladder. Their answers are not shocking, but they are enlightening, particularly when they underscore the differences between present-day females in the business world compared to previous generations of distaff trailblazers. Reynolds offers useful case studies, exercises and advice to help women understand their restlessness and find their heart's desire, whether at work or at home. While her advice is not radically original - and she acknowledges her reliance upon many other sources - she has identified a new cohort of working people: meaning-driven, high-achieving women. And she writes with warmth, candor and clarity. getAbstract finds her book quite constructive for "wander women" seeking answers. However, its insights might also benefit men who want to understand the wander women in their professional and personal lives and who also seek purpose in their work.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    Are you a Wander Woman? Here's a book written just for you!

    Do you ask yourself, "Can I be happy? Is that enough? Am I born a certain way? Can I change myself? If I choose to let go or not be focused on achievement, who will I be? How can I find a life partner or keep my relationship healthy even when I am always busy?"

    "Wander Woman: How High Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction" offers emotional antioxidants and avenues of deep introspection that trade the questions for answers.

    Marcia Reynolds is a Master Certified Coach and PsyD, a pioneer in executive coaching, a coach's Coach. She is a revolutionary thought leader who blends ancient wisdom, evidence based neuroscience, and persuasive coaching techniques in a targeted guide for high achieving women. She is a Huffington Post blogger and a serious devotee of social media. Her Facebook and Twitter engagement and her personal blogs are blessings in the social space.

    In a refreshing departure from coaching content du jour, the author does not channel celebrity spirits. She offers no discourse about law of physics applied to law of attraction. "Wander Woman" is an antidote for women suffering from law of attraction fatigue.

    I suffer from acute and chronic professional wanderlust. I am a restless spirit, a fractured soul. My adult journey has found me in newspapers, magazines , real estate sales, and blog coaching. The author has the uncanny ability to make this reader think she tailored this book for me alone.

    Reynolds appeals to women navigating through, below, and away from the glass ceiling -- seasoned executives, middle managers with a yen to grow professionally without climbing the corporate ladder, and entrepreneurs.

    The author shares a poignant story of youthful adversity, a short stint in jail following an adventure with illegal drugs. She harnesses the will and power to transform a seminal experience into two masters' degrees and a doctoral degree, focusing on exploration of the human brain and behavior.

    "This book is intended to help you answer the questions you ask when you wander ... Will I ever find peace of mind in the moment? Will I ever feel that the work I've done is good enough? How can I know if I am doing what I am meant to do as my purpose on this planet?" - Marcia Reynolds, MCC, PsyD.

    I found conclusive answers to each question in a compelling week of reading.

    I applied Reynolds' scoring card to identify dominant behavior patterns as archetypes. I selected several to serve as my personal Board of Directors;

    I summon their energy in combination.

    My Rebel archetype scored a solid 10, but I kept her off the Board ... she tends to incite emotional riots within me and with people around me. Revolutionary is more constructive, and working in conjunction with Visionary and Connector and Collaborator we may be able to score more success in some arenas. Coach and Teacher are busy these days.

    "Wander Woman" is more than a book. It is a transformation program for high achieving women.

    I look forward to sharing proven Appreciative Dialogue techniques to problem solve issues. Appreciative Inquiry builds on what is working rather than trying to fix what is not working. Reynolds lays out the premise, step-by-step exercises, and constructs a strict "Appreciative Dialogue: Rules for the Road."

    It is one of the best books I have ever read. I am inspired, grounded, and feeling clear and happy about my path. I am a Wan

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