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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:







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?



Uphill Climb



Climbing out of a hole is tricky business.  Depleted resources diminish out decision-making powers.  Not enough money?  We scramble and settle for short-term relief - or magical thinking.  Not enough time?  Same dynamic.  Poverty pressures use up precious cognitive bandwidth* which leaves us even more overwhelmed. 

No easy answers, but tapping into our dreams and brains requires a huge leap of faith - and then, it's one foot in front of the other.

We are all 'poor' in some way - read *Maria Konnikova's excellent NYT article, No Money, No Time - Sunday Review, 6/15/14.



Stunted Stars?


Star performers are at the highest risk for burnout - which makes them more likely to disengage.  Some go elsewhere; others stay, but lose their sparkle. 

In my book, shown here, I listed common factors leading to job satisfaction:  A sense that the work matters; the ability to make decisions; direct feedback from end users (also called customers); having an impact; operating with some autonomy; a clear flow of critical information; a chance to master new skills.       

In a NYT article by Tony Schwartz & Christine Porath, titled "Why You Hate Work" it seems jobs are often not designed for employee satisfaction (Sunday Review, 6/1/14).  50% do not report feeling their job has significance and meaning - 66% can't focus on one thing at a time, etc.  

My e-book offers managers common sense ways to develop healthy work environments, based on practice wisdom and solid theory.  We can do better!

Available at www.gettothepointbooks.com




Flexible Workplaces?



The GOOD NEWS is that employers know the value of touting flexible work schedules.  The BAD NEWS is that flexibility is often wishful thinking.  In a NYT article by Tara Siegel Bernard (5/20/14), research indicates workloads are often non-negotiable.  We all know harried caregivers who skimp on sleep and other necessities, in an effort to stay in the game. 

One company that views flexibility as more than an accomodation is Ernst & Young, who has long appreciated the good business sense of keeping talented workers with outside lives.

Workers, especially women: Do your homework -- don't be seduced by corporate rhetoric.


Ransomware, Beware!

Hackers are holding computers hostage!  USA TODAY headlined the story of computers being frozen with a short period of time in which to pay the ransom.  ( by Donna Leinwand Leger, 5/15/14)  Victims have included a Chamber of Commerce, police department, trial attorney, and folks like you and me.    

So far, no remedy.  But an FBI  Agent  suggested reporting any malware attacks to the federal governments's Internet Crime Complaint Center, saying sometimes puzzles are solved with one piece of information that pulls things together.

In the meantime, keep extra copies and backup.  This may bring back filing cabinets!