Summary of Wander Woman

How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction

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Wander Woman book summary
What do women in corporate jobs really want? No, not just money and power, but something much harder to attain than that.


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Surprisingly little research has examined why contemporary women leave their corporate jobs for new ones more often than men do. Organizational psychologist Marcia Reynolds interviewed 100 “high-achieving women” to discover why they often change jobs and don’t wait around to climb the career ladder. Their answers are not shocking, but they are enlightening, particularly when they underscore the differences between present-day females in the business world compared to previous generations of distaff trailblazers. Reynolds offers useful case studies, exercises and advice to help women understand their restlessness and find their heart’s desire, whether at work or at home. While her advice is not radically original – and she acknowledges her reliance upon many other sources – she has identified a new cohort of working people: meaning-driven, high-achieving women. And she writes with warmth, candor and clarity. getAbstract finds her book quite constructive for “wander women” seeking answers. However, its insights might also benefit men who want to understand the wander women in their professional and personal lives and who also seek purpose in their work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why women in corporate jobs wander away to other positions
  • How women can tap into their inner “archetypes” to envision and realize their goals
  • How a “wander woman” can find her sense of purpose


“High-Achieving Women”
Women who began rising to corporate leadership levels around 1985 represent a different kind of worker than those in the previous generation. Contemporary high-achieving women are more self-assured, forceful and dynamic. They are more likely to take on active, high...
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About the Author

Organizational psychologist Marcia Reynolds is president of Covisioning, a corporate training firm. She is a Master Certified Coach.

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