“I have searched high and low for a book or website that would help me sort out my situation….the constant need to be challenged, the burning urge to feel fully utilized on the job, the inevitable fleeing when the job disappointment sets in. I’ve dragged my family all over the world, I’ve gotten high level degrees to ensure I could find my dream job, and yet that nagging feeling of boredom and disappointment perseveres! I’ve read all the Deepak Chopra, Napolean Hill, personal branding books I can stomach. I’ve memorized the secrets of highly successful people, I still don’t know what color my parachute is, and if asked I would say someone really has moved my cheese!
This is the first book that speaks directly to me, and not about making the most money as a woman, learning to voice your opinion with confidence, or finding ‘balance’ between work and family. It’s about understanding who I am, why I act the way I do, and using that knowledge to shape my future. You understand my personality type, and instead of trying to mold me into a corporate automaton, have helped me see my pitfalls and adapt to the rest of the world. Finally there is hope for me!
You have no idea how much this book means to me, and it couldn’t have come at a better time (I’m planning a move right now, but now I know the real reasons why!). Every page I’ve read has made me look over my shoulder. ‘Is she standing right behind me? Spying on me?’ How you could understand my struggle so well is absolutely beyond me, but I am so grateful that you do. “~ Andrea Atkins
“This book is for all women to help us find greater happiness and satisfaction with the wondrous things we are achieving. The ideas and exercises represent breakthrough thinking. I plan to give this inspiring and thought-changing book to many women as a gift of guidance on their journey.” –Linda Alepin, Founding Director, The Global Women’s Leadership Network
“There is an entire group – a big one – of extremely accomplished women who are tortured by the endless pursuit of “outstanding.” Wander Woman is the first book I have read that addresses their needs. This is a book for highly successful women AND their executive coaches. Not only will passionate, driven women better manage their minds, the exercises and coaching questions will help them improve their relationships with those they live and work with.”
– Madeleine Blanchard, Founder, Coaching Services, The Ken Blanchard Companies
“Whenever Marcia takes you on a learning journey, self-defeating behavior has nowhere to hide. Fear not. Marcia’s warmth, gentle humor, and practical guidance make self-transformation a totally fun and engaging experience. Her deeply insightful stories of Wander Women–as well as her own transformative journey– will touch the restless wanderer in your own soul, and open new paths to love, joy and contentment. – Deb Giffen, Director, Wharton Executive Education
“As an entrepreneur and former broadcast executive I have known the excitement of overachieving. I’ve also felt the frustration of comparison, never feeling like I had accomplished quite enough. So here I am – a wander woman – and this restless archetype is screaming to be recognized and acknowledged for her significance in my journey. I knew this book would speak to many of the talented women leaders and entrepreneurs we coach, but I was delighted to find the content was also relevant and just in time for my own transformation at mid-life. Thank you our dear coach colleague for this beautiful expression and pathway to freedom.” -Darelyn DJ Mitsch, Master Coach, Author, President of The Pyramid Resource Group and a Wander Woman.
“Exhilarating. Wander Women makes clear the core of restlessness many women experience—the will to ask, “Is this all there is?”––and then leads them to discover the greatest gifts they have to offer and a potential source of transformative change.”-Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Advantage and The Female Vision
“This is one of the best books I’ve ever read about women: it really helps to legitimize our journey and turn our restlessness into a strategy. I enjoyed the mix of very personal seriously entertaining vignettes, profound research and appellative character of the chapters which call for letting women be who, what and how they are! It talks to all women and men who will have to understand and work with women now and in the future.” -Beate Heller, PhD, Group Head Executive Development, Swisscom, Berne
High-achieving women are a special breed and Marcia holds the key to giving you the meaning and satisfaction you are looking for. This book is like a treasure map– leading to the genius within you that is yet untapped. -Laura Berman Fortgang, Author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction and The Little Book on Meaning
“Validating and welcome support for high-achieving women and the managers and coaches who seek to help unleash and channel their talent. ‘Wander women’ will find both comfort and challenge here, plus a comprehensive program to address those areas that create frustration in their lives.” -Kathleen Flanagan, founder, Leadership Communication, Inc.
“Wander Woman serves as a mirror for a new age of women to gain insights and formulate intention for broader life satisfaction and a sense of belonging to a larger community. In life’s pressures to perform—to be perfect—we lose our sense of self. This book helps all women who strive to achieve to get closer to their personal truths. Always hungry, always yearning, this internal journey is the next adventure.” -Betty Scharfman, Vice President, Marketing and Channel Management, WorldatWork
“Marcia Reynolds explores the challenges faced by the second generation of post liberation women, and provides a framework to help address these barriers to lead peaceful and more fulfilling lives. By recognizing how painful the pursuit of excellence can be, Reynolds creates a sense of community and support. The tools she then offers in Wander Woman give hope that the exhaustion and dissatisfaction can be addressed and reduced.” -Irene Sitbon, Senior Associate at Heidrick & Struggles
“Marcia Reynolds has been a force in the coaching world for over a decade. In Wander Woman, she offers her wit and wisdom to smart, driven women. The book is full of powerful coaching questions and exercises that help these women to define their path, channel their energy and enjoy the ride along the way.” Sandy Vilas, CEO, Coach U, Inc.
Marcia Reynolds speaks to the heart and soul of every woman who is looking for purpose in her life. The magic is in her—she has walked the talk and found significance and relevance in her own life and career. What a beautiful patchwork quilt she has woven–an old soul who has journeyed along a road other women long to travel. Marcia’s insight and wisdom have helped so many high powered, successful women learn to shape a life they love and leave a legacy. There are not days in one lifetime for Marcia to coach each of us; yet through the pages of this book you will come to know her as a friend and mentor, there to guide you to the path that is right for only you. -Suzanne Bates, author, Motivate Like a CEO, Communicate Your Strategic Vision and Inspire People to Act!
“I always thought I was supposed to be Super Woman—able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, holding my baby in one arm and my laptop in the other without breaking a fingernail or mussing my hair. But I suspect that I’ve really been Wander Woman—looking for love and fulfillment in the world of work. After reading Marcia’s book, I can see the difference between fool’s gold and the real thing.-BJ Gallagher, coauthor of A PEACOCK IN THE LAND OF PENGUINS: A Fable About Creativity and Courage
Dr. Reynolds’s new book, Wander Woman, is packed with essential creative tools to help women get more out of their life and their business while creating peace and satisfaction instead of burnout and frustration. Based on extensive, original research this work provides sage advice on how to rise to the highest levels of personal and professional success while maintaining one’s core spiritual and emotional center. This is a must-have guide for a new generation of high performing women. -Dr. Jeffrey E. Auerbach, President, College of Executive Coaching
“Reynolds provides a compelling narrative about the underlying restlessness that afflicts many high-performing women. Grounded in the author’s remarkable personal story, substantive research, and perspective gleaned from decades of corporate experience and coaching leaders, the book will be meaningful to women (and men!) who want to embrace their restlessness as the essential impetus for personal transformation, fulfillment and purposeful contribution.” -Doug Silsbee, Author of The Mindful Coach and Presence-Based Coaching
“For all of us who have attained “success” but still yearn for a greater sense of contribution and purpose—this is THE book. No more wondering as we wander. Using her well-honed coaching skills for high-achieving women, Marcia cuts through the standard self-help jargon and lays out a process for moving from success to significance.” -Eileen McDargh, President, McDargh Communications, author of Gifts from the Mountain-Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities.
“Wander Woman is a must read for any woman who aspires to ascend to the top of the corporate ladder. Marcia Reynolds offers tremendous insights and a great approach for high achieving women to define success in their own terms, chart their course and achieve their fullest potential. From her own personal experiences and the real life lessons of others, Marcia delivers that “something more” that so many women have been looking for.” -Debra Boelkes, Founder and CEO of Business Women Rising
Marcia has her finger on the pulse of the modern day high achieving career woman. In this book she clearly identifies the traits of restlessness and the eternal search for recognition that so many women repeat endlessly throughout their career. Her inspiring tips and lessons encourage you to pause and reflect before taking that next leap. Most importantly her insights into how to engage and retain high achieving women should be read by CEOs around the world. A powerful shift is taking place as gender balance becomes one of the key priorities for companies. -Kate O’ReillyDirector, Optimiss, Sydney, Australia
Marcia Reynolds offers insights in a manner that is accessible, always provocative and on the edge of newly-emerging knowledge. Her work with high-achieving women (both as a researcher and coach) fully qualifies her to provide compelling analyses and advice. I invite you to join me in entering Dr. Reynolds world of compassion and wisdom. –William Bergquist, Ph.D., president of the ProfessionalSchool of Psychology
“As a man and as someone who has studied and written about the balance of masculine and feminine energy as it manifests in each of us, I was fascinated by Marcia’s insights into women who are successful in business. I am even more convinced now that women who wish for career success will do so by using the best parts of BOTH their masculine and feminine energy. It is works like ‘Wander Women’ that will help to break down their barriers and ultimately build global consciousness of the unique role that women can and do play and create the balance that we all male and female so desperately seek. This is a book that not just women should read but also men to gain a rich and powerful understanding of the drivers and forces at play in our workplace today.”–Brendan Foley – Author ‘The Yin Yang Complex -Creating success by understanding the world’s oldest and most dynamic forces, the masculine and feminine energy’. Mercier Press, Ireland 2010.
“I just wish I had read it Wander Woman early on before so many companies and colleges labeled me a ‘rebel,’ so I either kept leaving or got fired—until I landed on creating my own business where I could contribute and share business skills with audiences open to celebrating their passion. This book confirms us, and brings us all hope that we can fill in what’s missing and enjoy our work.” –Judy Cullins, Author of Write your eBook or Other Short Book Fast!
“I continue to hear positive feedback from the participants which is a testament to the fantastic job you did! We truly appreciated your positive energy and the invaluable tips you provided during the “Claiming Your Selves” exercise. In addition, we enjoyed your inspiring stories about past experiences with clients and employers…Thanks again for the outstanding presentation! ” Yvonne Rogers, Women of AT&T
“Marcia did a fantastic job emotionally connecting her content to the audience. Her energy is inspiring!”
Mandy Heaton, The Discovery Channel
“Clear, concise and highly effective. You kept me wanting more.”
Rachel Alderman, MediaOne
“[Marcia] brings in an element of fun that helps accelerate the learning. Her energetic, magnetic personality allows her to connect with people from many different backgrounds.”
Suzanne Harbster, Microchip Technology
“Your keynote address received many enthusiastic accolades! You brought originality, inspiration and practical professionalism to a very savvy group of peers.”
Agnes Mura, Professional Coaches & Mentors Association
“We enjoyed it very much. You related well to the audience and put them at ease.”
Judy Johnson, Pointe Hilton Hotels
“Your presentation, ‘Being in the Zone,’ was an excellent one for sales people who are starting the new year…You motivated the group to participate…I would recommend you to any group.”
Carla Jamison, Printing Industries Association
“I would like to thank you for helping me with a very difficult, and delicate situation… Several weeks ago, I attended one of your training sessions…I put your advice to work and almost immediately ‘fixed’ the problem. We now have an excellent working relationship.”
Sergeant Schultz, Apache Junction Police Department
“Quite a bit was hinging on your speech. You delivered with a well-thought out message and involvement to get people on their feet and moving to your message. Well done.”
Karl Ahlrichs, Society for Human Resource Management
“Your motivational approach and rapport with the audience were exhibited in the evaluations where virtually everyone rated the program outstanding…you delivered an excellent product. We look forward to continuing work with you in the future.”
John Bonar, Medtronic Microelectronics
“In the past, we’ve been only marginally successful in following through on the strategies we conceived. However, with Marcia’s expert guidance, we have begun to implement critical imperatives required to accomplish our objectives…she is able to turn talk into action.”
Anne-Marie Nelson, Health Services Marketing
“Our appreciation goes out to you for providing a high level of quality, entertainment, knowledge and professionalism.”
Judy Tingley, American Society for Training and Development
“From one speaker to another…you are inspiring! Everyone went home with at least one wonderful gem.”
Sue Tucker, Lee Hecht Harrison
Marcia is a great listener, and asks the right questions to lead me to very solid decisions. When I follow through on her “requests” or as I refer to “my homework”…I really benefit. She has helped me to focus and prioritize. I have been better able to look at “problems” in different ways, thus finding very meaningful solutions. I believe I am a better leader today because of the coaching I received from Marcia.
As to the value for my money? Absolutely! I would recommend Marcia. She is different than I am, and I believe this has been very helpful. In the past, I always chose to surround myself with personalities and view points similar to mine. She makes me look at at things in a new way. This is good. Integrity is what I always look for in a person, and her integrity shines through. Because of the balance she consistently strives to achieve in her own life, I have then adapted her examples to my own personality and lifestyle. It works!
Lynn Berzynski, president
Molly Maids International
I hired Marcia when I relocated to Phoenix. She not only helped me settle into a new position, but her insights, great questions and gentle prodding helped me to avoid some potentially sticky political situations with my peers. As a result, I am able to focus on what I do best. She helped to make my transition seamless.
Linda Ruby, VP Marketing
Henry and Horne
Since beginning my work with Marcia earlier this year, she has been an exemplary professional coach. She exhibits a unique sense of interest in my life and her insights and direction are always on target. I feel very supported and championed in the attainment of my goals. Marcia’s skill set is quite sound in my estimation. She has been a vital resource to me and I look forward to our continuing relationship.
Respectfully, Joe Mazzenga, President
My life would not be the same without Marcia as my coach. She has guided me through a number of job changes with the bank, helping me to stay focused on the advantages instead of the difficulties. The higher I have risen in my organization, the more I find how important it is to have someone to talk to on the outside, for both the perspective and encouragement. I have referred Marcia to many of my colleagues and all have been grateful to me for finding her. She is a real treasure.
Betty Aga, VP Consumer Business
Bank Of America
There have been several areas where I feel Marcia is particularly effective as a coach. First of all, I like her gentle and light way of handling issues that may appear to the client as serious and overwhelming. This lightness creates perspective and allows greater space in which to see what is occurring.
I also have been aware of how Marcia matches her language to her client, so that there is greater clarity in the communication.
Marcia presented opportunities for me to explore. The opportunities were, however, always presented as a choice and not a demand. As a result, I became interested in pursuing new solutions instead of just fixing my problems.
I began working with Marcia at a time when I was very unhappy with my primary employment. Within the span of four months, I made a decision to actively create a new future by redesigning my role within my organization. As a result, I moved out of an area of employment where I had been stuck for 14 years and moved into a new area of where I increased my salary by 20% and I enjoy my work every day. Marcia prepared me for this major employment transition and supported me through the transition.
On top of all this, Marcia helps one learn how to make life and work fun.
Manager of Development
Tempe School District
I would like to thank you for the coaching you have given me. Your style and method is very effective, helping me to refocus my energies and complete some major goals in my busy life. I would liken your effect as a much needed “kick in the pants.”
Curtis Walker, pilot
Thank you for both your coaching and the lively, worthwhile training session you provided for my staff. You helped me both personally and professionally, which is important for any business success.
Michael Colbert, general manager
Resources Financial/Phoenix Insurance and Investment
I attended a group coaching session you gave with the New York State Senate a few months ago. I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much I enjoyed the session. I continue to read your handouts just to keep me on the positive side.
Joseph A. DeMarco
New York State Senate
After one year of coaching with Marcia, my attitude about myself, my career and my business has shifted 180 degrees. I find myself returning to the same feelings and attitude I had when I started my business, the courage to make and even embrace change and to move forward by making choices that benefit me, not just looking out for everyone else.
I want to emphasize that Marcia does not make decisions for me but instead has helped me develop ways to deal with situations using my own knowledge and self-awareness, and she helped me at least develop a plan or concept for what I want my career to look life for the next 25 years of my life. I have come to regard Marcia as a valued friend as well as business advisor.
attorney and law firm principal
In January of 1999 I hired Marcia to be my personal coach for a relationship that lasted over two years. I have experienced her as committed to me as a person and to my goals. Her coaching style is versatile moving effectively between process and content. She has been helpful working with me on my presentational skills and also on business development.
Allen Nohre, past president
Corporate Coach U International
I have worked with Marcia for the past year and I feel privileged to have her as a coach. As a result of her coaching, I take actions that maximize my results and I spend minimal amounts of time on side issues. In addition, she has helped me improve not only the quality of clients in my practice, but also the quantity of money they provide me as well. I am also blessed with Marcia’s ongoing humor, wisdom, and graciousness which are a wonderful model for anyone at any time.
Margaret A. Krigbaum
Your approach is the best. You gave me a new dimension and techniques I have practiced ever since our coaching. As a result, I am hoping to see the development of more leaders in our organization plus a higher level of service, improved staff morale and commitment of heart and energy.