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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



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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:







Freelancing Heritage



Surprise!  Working 'gigs' as a freelancer was once the norm.  Professor Stephen Mihm of the U of Georgia shed light on how Americans went from working on farms or apprenticing in a trade, to plying one's skills as a contingent worker in the early days of the Industrial Revolution.  The advent of factories introduced more stable work, but even then people had to find fill-in work when business dipped.  While we freelancers may not want to claim hobos and tramps as our early mentors, we do share some of the perils of self-employment.  We now account for at least 40% of the workforce; that is comparison to 12.5% in 1990.  Fasten your seatbelts - we are in new, old, territory.  (Source:  Hartford Courant 7/19/2015, via Bloomberg View)



National Sleep Debt



Lack of sleep makes us sick, fat and stupid* - and sleep evangelist Arianna Huffington is leading the way for companies to tell employees to 'unplug' at home.  After fainting and requiring facial stitches, she literally had a 'wake-up' call about her sleepless lifestyle.  Sleep-hygiene courses are enlightening people about the facts of workplace fatigue - such as, skimping on 2 hours of sleep is like drinking 2 beers.  Our 24/7 society is messing with our 'natural body clocks' -- and our gadgets are keeping us alert when we should be snoozing.  So get informed - check out Harvard's sponsorship of a Sleep Matters Initiative.  (*James Maas, author of "Sleep for Success", as quoted in a Reader's Digest article, March, 2015 - "Sounding the Alarm on Sleep")



Stormy Weather = Results!



Conventional wisdom says we don't perform well in gloomy weather - depression and mopey moods stunt our productivity ...  BUT ...  Science says we are more task-oriented when not distracted by thoughts of basking under sunny skies.  While our creativity is likely to flourish when our moods match good weather, the best time to tackle those to-do lists is when you are stuck inside, anyway.  (Source:  "Let It Snow.  There's Work To Be Done." by Matt Richtel, Applied Science section of the NYT - 2/15/15.)



Hoarding Knowledge


Where are you on a continuum of guarding your knowledge?  Fascinating NYT article, "When Those Who Know Won't Share" by Phyllis Korkki (Applied Science, 10/19/14) reports that employees hoard what they know for a range of reasons -- a 'continuum of deception'.  My Catholic upbring might call it a 'sin of omission.' 

Worker justifications ranged from the fairly benign -- confidentiality concerns -- to 'playing dumb' by giving half-truths or not following up as promised.

Research, and common sense, tells us the organization suffers from knowledge-hiding.  Creativity is dampened, and a lot of energy goes into protecting one's turf.

Unfortunately, many of us have been betrayed by sharing our knowledge with others, but we should try to keep the flow of information and ideas open.




Unpaid Security Screenings



Warehouse workers are having a day in court -- the Supreme Court.  Seems it is common practice to screen workers before they leave work, to guard against theft.  Workers at Amazon and similar companies claim it can consume 25 minutes a day; the warehouses say it is closer to 5 minutes.  This is unpaid time.

Let's divide the difference: If an average screening is 12 minutes, that is an hour of the employee's time for a 5 day work week.  Or 48 hours a year.  So for argument's sake, that is equivalent to about 6 days of work a year, assuming an 8-hour shift.

So far, the employers' case has ruled the day.  But there must be a way to compensate workers for making sure they are not stealing, right?  Maybe a quarterly bonus, or compensatory time off.