With women earning more advanced degrees than men and evidence shows that the more women in leadership positions, the greater the profits the company makes, organizations need to focus on attracting and retaining top talent women. This article describes what they need to do.
Failure to spend time and money on retention leads to a growing number of unhappy employees—especially women. What motivates your top talent women? This article gives guidelines on how to stop the female brain drain that is occurring in our corporations.
Ambition is generally understood as a good thing, but is there a fine line between a healthy will to succeed and maximize your talents and an inability to appreciate what you have in the present? And are women in particular pained by the constant sense that they could be doing more? Jessica Stillman interviews Marcia Reynolds.
I Coulda Been A Contender:
Some people spend a lifetime clocking their non-accomplishments and dreaming of a big break. Here’s how to escape aspirational limbo! Reynolds, author of Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction says, “…the endless quest to live up to ones imagined, yet amorphous, potential can actually prevent a person from excelling.” They move around looking for the Next Great Thing, missing the possibilities for success and joy where they are at. (the full text with her quote is in the published article, not the online version).
Five Lies That are Holding You Back… a look at how today’s high-achieving business women are plagued by misconceptions and their own assumptions that threaten to derail their careers.
How to make the workplace more appealing to top-performing women. Share this article with the leaders in your company!
The emerging identity of women: Are you one of us? Excerpt from Wander Woman by Marcia Reynolds
Irene S. Levine interviews Marcia Reynolds on how to find “unexpected angels” in the workplace and in life. Women should not put their friendships on the backburner when they get busy with work; relationships are essential to their success.
Women may finally be climbing the corporate ladder faster and in greater numbers than ever before, but as Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D cautions, don’t be a managerial lemming. In her recent book Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment And Direction (Berrett-Koehler), Reynolds points out that despite grabbing opportunity, not all of those employment acquisitions are beneficial.
An interview with Marcia Reynolds, PsyD, author of Wander Woman, on her views of today’s working women, the roadblocks in their careers and the truth about work/life balance.
According to a Pew Research Center survey focused on American men and women between the ages of 30 and 44, in 2007, 22 percent of husbands were married to wives whose income levels exceeded their own, compared to 4 percent of husbands in 1970. And nearly a third of marriages, it’s the wife who is more educated.
Marcia Reynolds, author of the upcoming Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, buys into the theory that more men are happy to be the co-pilot and emotional ballast as opposed to the alpha breadwinner in a marriage.
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“I had to keep the impact on me and my business in mind first,” Reynolds said, “then on how I could help other people. And yes, my ego loves it when reporters call, so I had to be very careful that I did not let my ego run my mouth.”
Dealing with tears at work
Organizational psychologist Marcia Reynolds agrees.” Though I don’t think anyone should cry on purpose, a spontaneous cry can be damaging to the person who feels they are weak because they are crying,” she says. “It is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of being human.”
Deal with Anxiety and Get Your Life Back on Track
Follow the Relax, Detach, Focus steps. Created by Marcia Reynolds, author of Outsmart Your Brain! the routine goes like this: Relax your body from the toes up. Detach from your thoughts. Center yourself in the moment (e.g., feel your head upon the pillow, or your feet on the ground, etc., depending on where you are). Focus on who you want to be and how you want to feel.
How Will You Make Your Team a Team?
“Most people have an idea of what they are trying to achieve,” says Marcia Reynolds, author of How to Outsmart Your Brain (Covisioning, 2004), “but their picture of what this destination looks like varies, causing differing goals, priorities, and needs. Visions need to be visual and specific, then negotiated so everyone is focused on the same path.”
Talk show interview on Outsmart Your Brain! and how elections affect people on an emotional level.
Dr. Reynolds says the problem she discovered wasn’t a glass ceiling, but a gilded treadmill of jobs that don’t offer women much of what they’re looking for. “What I found is that a lot of the high-achieving women are opting out on their own,” she says. “They don’t really stay long enough to achieve those positions.”
I Hate Asking for Help
We’d rather keep up the appearance of being in control, says psychologist Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., author of Outsmart Your Brain. “Our resistance is about maintaining our own self-concept,” she explains. “It may often take a life-changing event like pregnancy or a medical emergency to teach us that even the most competent women can use a little help sometimes.”
Reynolds, currently working on a dissertation about high-achieving women in the workforce, finds comfort that she’s not alone in her predilection for a man content to bask in the shadow of her success. “My research found that 70 percent [of the working women she interviewed] are the primary breadwinners, yet feel their relationships are true partnerships.”
How the Rookie Crumbles
Obviously, there are numerous ways your weaknesses can spill over into your business. You can probably think of half a dozen right now. But Marcia Reynolds has been in the trenches, as the president of Covisioning, a Phoenix coaching and leadership training firm that works with individuals and organizations. Her Web site is appropriately titled www.outsmartyourbrain.com. She offers a few typical ways entrepreneurs undermine their enterprises, with her suggestions for fixing them: