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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:


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


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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:







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.


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