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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. 

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Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Trades Success showcases Handbooks I co-authored that celebrates careers in the trades. 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.

2019 career advice for success in the trades:


Available on Amazon  




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


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

Printable Workbook Format



Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


 Available at Amazon - paperback & ebook




 "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:







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)



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.)