How High-achieving Women Find Contentment and DirectionBook - 2010
After years of coaching high-achieving women, master coach and personal development expert Marcia Reynolds started noticing something troubling: many of the clients with whom she worked were plagued by anxiety over their own restless responses to the world. These women were jumping jobs regularly, defining and redefining their relationship with the marketplace, constantly questioning their roles as wives and mothers and sisters.
Dubbing her subjects “wander women,” Reynolds found that the mentoring and personal development resources currently available don’t address this audience’s needs. They don’t want to balance their lives; they want to find peace of mind in the chaos. They don’t necessarily want to learn how to gain a seat in the boardroom; they want projects they can run with or businesses they can run on their own. The problem isn’t their level of stress; it’s about knowing who they are and what they want to accomplish in this one lifetime.
This award winning title explores how generational shifts and changing expectations of working women have fostered a new kind of restlessness among many. Through real-life stories she reveals the hopes and dreams, disappointments and challenges this group of high-achieving women are facing. And, most importantly, she provides exercises and development strategies for readers as they make their journey to peace and finally come to rest with a strong sense of identity and purpose.
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.
"The ideas and exercises here 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, Global Women's Leadership Network
"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, cofounder, Coaching Services, The Ken Blanchard Companies
"Marcia Reynolds's 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