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~ WOMEN'S WORKSHOPS ~

 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!


 

CONTACT INFO:

georgianlussier@gmail.com

203-589-0392

Facebook & Twitter

 

My Website for Adult Caregivers:

http://www.KOPS-KeepOurParentsSafe.com

 

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.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Mister-Ed-Lucy-Mom-Me/dp/1523253487/ref 

Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help us summon our creativity and strength in all phases 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 video preview clips from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

 

Speaker on Women's Wisdom

Offering presentations & workshops! Drawing on research for my book, 55+ Unite! Welcome All Wise Working Women, as well as hosting a community TV show, "Mid LIFE Matters" -- I serve women a tonic for tackling new challenges.

 Available at Amazon - paperback & ebook

 http://www.amazon.com/55-Unite-Welcome-Working-Women/dp/1466411120/ref

New Guide Book!

 Wisdom gleaned from conversations with 40 wise women on my community TV show.  Avalaible At Amazon.

 http://www.amazon.com/Ways-Grow-after-50-Inspiring/dp/1517695562/ref

 "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 on aging well:   Clips are in the MidLIFE Matters tab above and full segments are available on You Tube - type "Georgian Lussier' in the You Tube search box.  

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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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:

joan.lahti@gettothepointbooks.com

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

 

Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

Printable Workbook Format

 www.gettothepointbooks.com 

Click "View Our Books" and scroll by alpha title - $12.95

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Monday
Feb232015

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")

 

Sunday
Feb222015

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.)

 

Sunday
Oct192014

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.

 

 

Thursday
Oct092014

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.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Reasonable Work Shifts?

 

  

 

Juggling a couple of jobs and pulling shifts is a choice or necessity for many workers.  Recent news reveals a sea of unrest for those folks: 

Drivers for Facebook employee buses are looking to unionize; they are away from home up to 15 hours a day, as they work an early am shift and then one at the end of the day.  Most cannot afford to live nearby, so they are expected to 'hang out' inbetween. Competitive bidding by bus contractors is cited as one rationale for the loony work schedules.

Starbucks was recently featured in a NYT article, which highlighted the plight of workers whose shedules are generated by a software system.  One woman commuted by bus an hour a day and never knew when she was working; hence, she was, defacto,  on unpaid call, continuously.  Her young son and and family supporters were all affected by the ensuing chaos.

From my HR perspective, as well as own experience, people should be able to know when they are expected to work, especially if they have other pt jobs they are committed to.  The employment landscape is rapidly changing, and we all know the "9 to 5 / retire with a golden watch" days are dwindling. 

Many of the jobs in our 'recovering economy' are lower paying service positions.  Employers are under harsh profitability pressures, but have we given up on respecting people's time?