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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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Sunday
Mar092014

TV Wants Alpha Boomers

  Prime marketing targets used to end at age 54, but TV is now focusing on "Alpha Boomers."  Age 54-65, they are profiled as active, healthy, and likely to still be working -- and spending!  The Hartford Courant shared a Tibune Newspaper article by Merideth Blake that illuminates how TV cable and networks are featuring older stars and multi-generational families.  The goal: Attract this segment that is projected to control 70% of disposable income by 2017.  Funny thing, they are more likely to watch TV then younger adults.

I remarked about the spending power of older women in my book, "55+ Unite! Welcome All Wise Working Women" -- but one of my favorite actresses, Kathy Bates, said it best.  When her "Harry's Law" TV show was cancelled because it's 'audience was very old, and it is hard to moneterize that' --65 yr old Kathy is quoted as saying "Geez Louise, who do you think watches TV out there, bud?  The advertisers have got to wake up to this.  Who do you think's got the money out there?"

Source:  "TV'S Golden Viewers"; The Hartford Courant, 'Curtain' - Pg. G3 - 3/9/14

Saturday
Mar082014

A Decade of Defects?

  

 

Pity the first woman CEO of General Motors - Mary T. Barra has to answer for a ten-year pattern of defective cars -- 1.6 million of them!  Apparently, the problems have been addressed during that time, but G.M. execs were kept in the dark.  Mary issued a public apology, which is rare - as a new CEO, it can't be fun to be the lead donkey.

Source:  NYT - Business Day - "G.M. Recall, and a Decade of Inaction, Present an Early Trial for Its New Chief" by Bill Vlasic - 3/8/14

Monday
Feb032014

Middle Muddle

 

 

Seems statistics are showing what we in the middle class have known since 2008.  Less money is available to eat out, buy appliances, and start new businesses.  Articles in both the NYT and USA TODAY* report that spending at mid-range restaurants, ala Red Lobster, is down -- but upscale eateries are enjoying growth.  Same goes for sales of basic vs. high end refrigerators.

Start-ups are almost flat since 2010; factors cited include skittish banks, decline of home equity values, and the aging population (the 30s are prime business-founding years).

At the same time, a CEB Succession Management survey said 88% of leaders and managers report increased job responsibilities over the last three years. 

Yikes! 

*The Middle Class is Steadily Eroding.  Just Ask the Business World --  By Nelson D. Schwartz; NYT 2/3/14

  Start-ups still in a slowdown -- by Paul Davidson; USA TODAY 2/3/14

 

Saturday
Jan042014

Theory X and Theory Y, Revisited

 

 

Are workers cogs in a profit wheel, or can they make the wheel bigger?  In 1960, during the dawn of modern management theories, Douglas McGregor squared off against Taylor's efficiency model.  McGregor espoused building on people's natural instincts to perform well, vs. Taylor's dehumanizing time-and-motion principles.

Well, McGregor must be smiling down on Zeynep Ton, a Turkish woman who is a professor at M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Managment -- also McGregor's pulpit.  She has demonstrated how retail workers can add to the bottom line, while earning respectable wages.

Read Adam Davidson's piece in The New York Times Magazine, 01/05/14 - "A Ready-To-Asemble Business Plan" to see how progressive managment practices have made Ikea a better place to work - and shop.

My own experience with leading self-managed teams in a pink-collar insurance environment was also proof positive.   

Friday
Nov012013

Money Under the Mattress?

  

 

My grandparents in Kansas lost their first house during the Great Depression and I grew up hearing about not trusting banks.  While my parents certainly used banks, and had a mortgage, my mom kept wads of cash in a coffee can in a cupboard -- this was the '60s, before credit cards were common.

 

In my career years working for giant insurance companies, stuffing money in mattresses (or coffee cans) seemed quaint at best -- bordering on paranoia.  However, in 2008 came 'The Crash' and masses of people once again lost their homes and savings.  Perp walks of former 'Masters of the Universe' graced the front pages.

 

So where are we now, after 5 years and many mea culpas?  Read Floyd Norris' article in the NYT (Business Day - 11/1/13).  As I understand it, a Libor  (London interbank offered rate) scandal in 2012 cast Barclays as the villian, and now Rabobank has fessed up to bad banking.  Fines have ensued -- a new head has rolled -- six countries have "moved some chairs around" -- and everyone is going to behave!

 

The fraudulant practices included traders bragging that while they were bad  boys, there were much bigger crooks in the market!  

 

My twenty-something daughter discovered many hidden fees and provisions when she went to close a business account, and her view of banks is not printable on this page.  Looks like the mattress, or the can in the cupboard, might be making a comeback.