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.
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.