Marcia Reynolds

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, president of Covisioning LLC, is fascinated by the brain, especially what triggers feelings of connection, commitment, and possibility. This fascination has led her down many roads as she constantly looks for ways to improve the value of her training, speaking and coaching. On this journey, she developed three areas of expertise: organizational change, coaching, and emotional intelligence. She is able to draw on these areas as she works to help leaders have more effective and meaningful conversations. When leaders have powerful conversations that change people’s minds from the inside out, the workplace comes alive with an eagerness to discover what is possible. Her first expertise, organizational change, developed out of necessity when facing the challenges of running corporate training departments in the 1980’s and 90’s. Her greatest success came as a result of designing the employee development program for a semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Working with the executive staff, the company not only turned around, it was the most successful IPO in the United States in 1993. Training helped with the transformation but so many times, people enjoyed their training classes but then applied very little of what they learned. In her search for new techniques, she enrolled in a coaching school in 1995 when she started her own business. She quickly saw the power of coaching to make the mental shifts required to sustain change. Her passion for the profession led her to become president of the International Coach Federation in 2000 and be one of the first 25 people in the world to hold the certification of Master Certified Coach. She now coaches executives and teaches coaching in her leadership classes worldwide. Currently, she is president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations (ACTO) and serves as Training Director for the Pyramid Coaching Institute. She also is on the faculty of coach training schools in Russia and China and is an associate professor for the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow. At the same time that Marcia found coaching, she discovered emotional intelligence. She wove the concepts into her training and coaching. Her curiosity led her to dig deeper into the research that was redefining how we learn and grow and get her doctorate in organizational psychology. This led her to deeper insights into the problems many of her coaching clients and students were experiencing. She continues to teach courses in emotional intelligence, emotional engagement, and advanced coaching skills. To date, she has taught in 35 countries, hoping to increase consciousness and caring as well as productivity around the world. Excerpts from Marcia’s award-winning books Outsmart Your Brain and Wander Woman How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, have appeared in many places including Harvard Communications Newsletter, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times and she has appeared on ABC World News. Her latest book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, has been discussed in Fast Company, Forbes, CNN.com, The Globe and Mail, and on HR.com as well as in many leading leadership blogs. In her spare time, Marcia accumulates degrees. Her doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research focus on high-achievers in today’s corporations. She holds two masters degrees in education and communications. The rare times she is home, she can often be found hiking the beautiful mountains in Arizona.

Articles by Marcia Reynolds

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What is Femininity ?

Since I launched my book, “Wander Woman,” this year, I have been asked to speak and write for many groups that tout feminine power. When I look into the message that forms the foundation of each group, they define this power very differently.

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Love and the Smart, Strong Woman

I find it interesting that two popular U.S. Sunday night soap operas placed leading female characters in the dilemma of being physically attracted to their handymen. The appeal was similar. Yet the choice to test out the relationship was based on different criteria.

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How to Make Your Life Story a Blockbuster

Stories have been a part of our lives since humans drew pictures on cave walls.

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The Best Kept Secret: Women Love Power

I’d like to banish the widely held myth that women are uncomfortable with power, that we aren’t in touch with our power or don’t like wielding our power. These statements are not true, and they damage the credibility of women.

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5 Steps for Dealing with Negative and Cynical People

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone we worked with lifted our spirits with their enthusiasm and good humor?

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Stop Praising the Differences in Men and Women

For years, I have been writing about the differences in the brains of men and women. I have touted the innate strengths women bring to the workplace. I have supported communication skills training that teach us to adapt to gender-based styles.

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When Spending Time With People Gets in the Way

Have you ever felt you had so much to get done you didn’t have time to spend with people?

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Do Men and Women Worry Differently?

"You worry too much” is a phrase women often hear from men. However, recent studies using new imaging techniques have identified different patterns of worrying. It seems that women DO NOT worry more than men. They just worry differently.

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How to Assess Your Year and Plan What's Next

You might think the quiet time around New Years is a good chance to stop, step back

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10 Signs You Are Not Using Your Emotional Intelligence

You were born with the ability to recognize when you are experiencing an emotion. Most small children

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The Critical Factor in Relationship Success

There is one factor that will make or break a connection in both personal and professional relationships.

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Fixing Women Hurts More Than Helps

Although it is probable that companies provide more development opportunities for men than women and the report does include a suggestion for leaders to work on the limiting mindsets that create the barriers for women, the recommendations focus primarily on “fixing the women” instead of on fixing the system that created the problem.

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Have You Ever Been On The Journey Of a Hero

Whether you were pushed into an undesirable experience or you chose a path risk and uncertainty

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Do You Have Free Will? 7 Steps to Outsmart Your Brain

You can have free will if you accept that you are smarter than your brain.

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Learning Leadership Skills is a Waste of Time

If you are questioning whether you have what it takes to be a leader, the last thing you want to do is enroll in a training class

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How to Stop Fixing People in Your Conversations

How do you react when someone is uncomfortable, confused, or angry? Like many people, you probably want to relieve their discomfort.

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Are You Judged as Confident or Arrogant?

Regardless of your intentions, people judge you as being confident or arrogant by your speaking habits and their own self-confidence and histories.

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The Secret to Profound Conversations

Humans are social animals so we long to connect with others. The irony is that what makes us human tends to keep us apart.