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Marcia Reynolds      

Executive Coach & Thought-Leader in Leadership Effectiveness; Author of "The Discomfort Zone" and "Outsmart Your Brain"

Marcia Reynolds, Psy.D., President of Covisioning LLC, works with clients around the world who seek to develop effective leaders. She understands organizational cultures, what blocks communication and innovation, and what is needed to bring people together for better results. She has coached leaders, designed organizational change programs, delivered leadership, coaching and emotional intelligence classes, and spoken at conferences in 34 countries.

For coaching, Marcia works with both individuals and executive teams. Individually, she is often asked to coach leaders who technically excel but seek to develop their interpersonal effectiveness. After working with Marcia, her clients demonstrate remarkable improvements in engaging their teams and mastering influence with their peers and senior leaders.

Marcia is a true pioneer in the coaching profession. She is a founding member and was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation. She was one of the first 25 people in the world to earn the Master Certified Coach designation. She is currently the president-elect of the Association for Coach Training Organizations and is the Training Director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute in North Carolina. She also works with training organizations in Russia and China.

Prior to starting her own business, Marcia’s greatest success story came as a result of designing the employee development program for a semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Working with the executive staff, the company turned around and became the #1 stock market success in the United States when they went public in 1993. Marcia focused on inspiring a future-focused culture and empowering cross-functional teams to become the heart of the organization.

Excerpts from her books "Outsmart Your Brain" and "Wander Woman" have appeared in many places including Harvard Management Review, Employment Relations Today, Forbes.com, CNN.com, Psychology Today and The Los Angeles Times and she has appeared on ABC World News. Her new book, "The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs," was released in October of 2014.

Marcia’s doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research emphasis on the challenges and needs of high-achievers in today’s corporations. She also holds two masters degrees in education and communications.

Speech Topics


Outsmart Your Brain: Master Your Mind for Greater Success

No matter how smart you are, your brain still seems to get the best of you when you are under pressure, irritated, or just plain busy. Your brain has a mind of its own. Yet you can outsmart your brain and make more powerful choices if you know how your brain works. You can ease your tension, settle arguments, and release frustrations with your knowledge of the brain.

This program teaches a “pre-game” routine developed after interviewing top professional athletes to determine what it takes to get in the zone when the game is on the line. Dr. Reynolds worked with a sports psychologist to develop the technique based on her interviews with baseball and basketball players and tennis and golf pros. Dr. Reynolds will teach the technique and help you understand and even laugh at how your brain works so you can consciously choose how to commit your time, your mind and your heart for greater success.

The Discomfort Zone: Turning Negativity into Positive Results

Whether at work or in your personal life, there are few things tougher than having those difficult, yet necessary conversations. You want your people to stretch their limits, but conversations meant to help them often fall flat or backfire, creating more resistance than growth. Everyone should know how to approach and shift these conversations into positive interactions if possible.

In this session, Dr. Marcia Reynolds will teach how to set the tone of the conversation for maximum results, what to say to start off the conversation, and then how to use the Discomfort Zone—the moment when the mind is most open to learning—to prompt people to think through problems, see situations more strategically, and transcend their limitations. The method is proven to resolve difficult situations and change people’s minds forever.

Leadership In The Moment: Leading in Chaotic, Uncertain Times

Leaders who want to thrive in chaotic and uncertain world need to develop the ability to sense and seize opportunities as they emerge in the moment. Bringing those possibilities to fruition requires a type of awareness, knowledge, and focus rarely talked about in corporate or university business classrooms. In many cases, the possibilities will emerge through conversations with others. This program will teach leaders how to bring their presence, awareness, and adaptability to their decisions and conversations to increase both innovation and sustainable success.

Leadership in the Moment is a pro­fessional development program for formal or informal leaders within any organization. The lessons will help anyone who must be influential even under pressure. Leaders who know how to use these aspects can connect and invigorate others, gaining a competitive advantage through the rise in creativity and innovation.

Emotional Engagement for Leaders: How to Shift Resistance into Positive, Self-Directed Action

Most employees today, especially Millennials, want to be developed for future possibilities in frequent, two-way conversations with their leaders and be emotionally engaged by their work. Leaders who know when and how to connect with and emotionally engage individuals and teams not only earn loyalty and trust, they create an environment that supports creativity and innovation. This program teaches leaders to be more aware of the impact they have on others and how to choose words, actions and emotions to inspire others to excel. From handling a difficult conversation to creating an encouraging workplace, participants will learn how to keep positive energy moving forward at work.

Leadership Presence: Creating an Impact That Unites and Inspires

Leadership Presence is a pro­fessional development program for formal or informal leaders within any organization.The program involves self-assessment, application exercises and games, and small group discussions to explore how the skills will best work on the job. By the end of the workshop, participants will know what it takes to be mindful of their impact and project a strong but caring leadership presence.

Wander Woman: Success Strategies for Goal-Minded Women

Today’s smart and competent women seek to realize their highest potential yet the pursuit often leaves them feeling more exhausted than proud. There is always more to be done and greater challenges to be met. The resolution isn’t in managing time and priorities. The challenge is maintaining both peace of mind and a presence that blends strength and grace in the moment. This is the basis for the book, Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction by Dr. Marcia Reynolds.

In this presentation, Marcia presents both the “light and the dark sides” of being a smart, strong, goal-driven woman. Then she shares a few powerful exercises and coaching questions that will help the participants see themselves and their dilemmas more clearly, which opens up options for both professional development and satisfaction.

The Art of Working Together: How to Align Your Team for Extraordinary Results

What is the difference between a group of individuals and a team? A team works in harmony, connecting the strengths of the individuals with the shared purpose of the team. Without this alignment, the team can hurt productivity instead of inspiring it, especially if the team is made of smart, strong high-achievers. This presentation shares the essential steps for creating the glue that bonds individuals so they become a top performing team that enjoys working together.

How Millennials are Forcing a Shift in Leadership

Millennials will soon represent the bulk of the workforce. Development programs and succession plans will be key to retaining them. Yet these employees don’t just want to develop skills, they want their brains developed. While previous generations valued leaders that showed compelling visions and smart decision making, millennials want be given work that is seen as significant and to be developed for future possibilities in frequent, two-way conversations with their leaders.. What leaders say is important but how they listen is more critical if they want to engage millennial workers.

In this program, leaders will learn how to make necessary shifts to engage millennials, inspire employees across all generations, and achieve greater innovation, achievements, and growth.

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