"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from
success; we often discover what we will do by finding out what we will not do;
and probably (s)he who never made a mistake never made a discovery." ö
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Scottish Author
Volume 1, Issue
3 -- April 2004
In This Issue|
Feature Article |
Resources | Fast Facts
Survey | What's New
| About Regina
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- Risk Taking Has Its Rewards|
People often tell
me that they are amazed at how willing I am to take risks. For me, it's less
about the risk itself, and more about the opportunity and excitement it
generates, that compels me to step out of my comfort zone again and again.
So, how do you view risk? Most people I talk to view risk in negative terms. In
fact, Webster's defines risk as "to expose to hazard or danger." With a
definition like that, who can blame anyone for avoiding risks?
Yet taking risks is critical for our long-term success. In fact, the authors of
Breaking the Glass Ceiling indicate that taking risks is a key success
factor for women, while not necessarily the case for men.
How can you overcome the fear of taking risks? Try these simple steps:
Take a new route to work. Go see a movie by yourself. Try coffee instead of tea.
You get the picture.
"deliberate" risks. Deliberate risks are ones that you choose to take,
typically after completing some fact finding or analysis.
Set risk taking
goals. Ask yourself what you hope to accomplish. Then write down one goal
about the risk that you would like to take. Break it down into smaller chunks.
Then do one thing - today - to move yourself forward.
yourself. Risk-taking can be draining, particularly if you are not used to
it. So, don't forget to do something nice for yourself after taking a risk - no
matter how large or small!
What are the
benefits? People who are comfortable taking risks typically experience
"increased autonomy, heightened self-esteem, a more positive attitude toward
life and an increased sense of personal power."
If you hope to be able to access your full potential, you will need to become
more comfortable taking risks. That means stepping out of your comfort zone and
sacrificing security. Remember the old adage, no risk no reward. So, what are
you waiting for?
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
Queendom - Do a search for "Risk
Assessment" for a quick survey to determine how much of a risk taker you are.
Taking Risks: Your
Attitude Toward Business Growth The SBA Online Women's Business
Center offers this exercise, which is designed to help you look at your own attitude
toward business growth, and how you feel about taking business risks.
Take a Chance, Risks to Grow By, by Joseph Llardo and Carole R. Rothman
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of Americas Largest
Corporations?, by Ann M. Morrison, Randall P. White
Organizations lose 8 weeks per year of employee time
due to poor communication, which can, and does, lead to conflict. Source:
International Communications Research
month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This
month our survey is on networking.
Survey Results - Taking Risks
50% of respondents STRONGLY AGREED that they have recently taken a risk that
has enriched their life.
34% of respondents AGREED that their fear of the disapproval of others keeps
them from doing the things they want to do.
100% of respondents STRONLY AGREED that when they
want to improve themselves and their position they are willing to invest energy
and time to do it.
of respondents STRONGLY AGREED that they express their beliefs and values in spite of the
repercussions that may follow.
AGREED that their internal fears limit their self-improvement.
Only 34% of respondents AGREED that they want to
move up the corporate ladder or take their business to the next level but fear
the risks involved.
Respondents were split 50-50 that they are motivated
by taking risks in many situations.
Interested in hearing Regina
speak? Here are some upcoming programs that are open to the public:
April 29, 2004, 1:00 - 3:00
Female Perspectives in Leadership (TM), The Woman's Club
April 30, 2004, 1:45 - 2:45
The Art of Self-Promotion (TM), The Woman's Club of
June 8, 2004, 11:30 - 1:00
Networking for Success (TM), The Marquette Hotel
June 9, 2004, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Becoming a Certified Woman Owned Business, Women's Connection
Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to register.
Regina Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA in
finance/management and an MBA in management/ marketing. An advocate of lifelong
learning, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Development
at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Her focus: leadership and issues
facing women in business. Regina has over fourteen years in the financial
services industry where she has a broad range of leadership experience in
product, sales, and marketing.
What our clients are saying...
"We are so pleased with the focus groups that you
conducted! I would highly recommend you to any organization looking for an
Susan J. Johnson, Executive Vice
President, Northeast Bank
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