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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshop Offerings Include: 

Your Next 20 Years - A Workshop for Midlife Career Women

Develop realistic hope for earning as we age; address 'what if' scenarios; catalog transferable skills and talents; explore opportunities to do what you always wanted!





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Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me is a booklet that shares how watching '60s sitcoms with my Mom helped lighten the caregiving experience.  Available on Amazon.



Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Content Writing highlights my business services for companies of all sizes.  The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help summon our creativity in every phase of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has segments from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

Below are two managment e-books I authored for retaining talent:


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

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Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


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 "Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories and growth mindsets:  Segments are under the MidLIFE Matters tab on this site and on You Tube, under my name.

I am honored to win the 2016 Community Media Rika Welch leadership award for community impact; a testimony to the Guests who shared their stories on MidLIFE Matters



Management Training:

E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:







Superfluous Innovations



Allison Arieff posed a terrific question in her NYT Opinion piece.  Are we solving all the wrong problems?  Are the disruptive innovations aimed at tiny slices of the population?  Do we all need an app that will help us pack our suitcase - virtually?  Or alert us when baby needs a diaper change? 

She worries that new services, apps and products ignore people most in need of a better life - vs. creating solutions for what I would call frivolous frustrations of people who are doing pretty well for themselves.

Here is a link to the article:  "Solving All the Wrong Problems" - 7/10/16.  http://nyti.ms/29pzdGy

Meanwhile, I am waiting to hear back from Whirlpool about how to dismantle a bully 'Delay Wash' feature on my front loader.  A small example of an innovation this customer does not need - what happened to wash, rinse, spin?


Global Financial Woes

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde is concerned about Britain exiting the European Union ("Brexit"); countries that are adopting more of an isolationist mindset when it comes to immigrants; and in general, a global economy that is limping.  With the Brexit vote scheduled for June 23, 2016 and Greece looking for relief on their $98 billion bailout, the scandal of the Panama Papers looks like small potatoesAnd how was your week?  (source:  USA TODAY 4/15/16 article, page 2B in the MONEY section)



Keys to Successful Teams


I had the honor to create self-managed teams in a grand adventure in the late '80s.

Recent research points to 2 behaviors of good teams:  (1)  Everyone gets a chance to talk, increasing collective intelligence.  (2)  Social sensitivity; members are attuned to how others on the team are FEELING.

These findings are from a study in Silicon Valley, where high-tech workers tend to put data over social interaction.  Learn more about Project Aristotle in this NYT article - "Group Study" by Charles Duhigg -2/28/16 'Worklife' magazine edition. http://nyti.ms/20Vn3sz 



One Step Back = Career Roadblock?




Taking a lesser job after downsizing can be hazardous to your career future -- so says a study reported in USA TODAY.  Whether the lower-level job is in your field or not, some employers apparently see it as a blemish, and you may not be called for that interview.  (11/2/15 - "Settling for lesser job may hurt your career." by Paul Davidson).

I caution people from taking lower jobs because it can be hard to fit yourself in a smaller box - you may ask too many questions, or make too many suggestions.  But desperate times call for desperate measures.  Especially for older workers who are unemployed for an extended period -- any job is better than no job. 

When I first graduated from college, and couldn't find a teaching job, an employment agency urged me to put my superior typing skills to work as a secretary.  I'd been there, done that, during a short break from college - and held out.  But we all know there is no magical formula for the zig-zag of finding, and keeping, 'good' jobs.

I worked for an immensely talented women who labored a couple of layers lower while her sons were growing up - and then resumed her rise in the executive ranks.

Good luck to us all!


Stages of Wisdom


David Brooks, in a NYT article, sketched out the stages of becoming wise:


1.  Basic Factual Acquisition - concrete, core knowledge.

2.  Pattern Formation - linking facts in meaningful ways.

3.  Mental Reformation - learning a new way of 'seeing'.

4.  Now, information is knowledge!

5.  Wisdom dawns when years of knowledge are exposed to the rigors of reality.

While he applauds adding 'soft' skills -- such as working in teams, developing self-confidence and demonstrating grit -- to school curriculums, Brooks cautions that we can't leap over the foundation steps.  (Schools for wisdom, reprinted in the Record-Journal - 10/19/15)