" If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,
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consulting and speaking business bring me into contact with successful
men and women throughout the country on a regular basis. Last
week, I had the opportunity to present a leadership program --
Her Place at the Table -- to almost 100 women in banking
and finance. This week, my company (Red Ladder, Inc.) was the
proud sponsor of Financial Women International's annual panel
program, Secrets of Successful Women. In addition, I
co-chaired a program that brought 40 business women together to
help them learn skills that would help them to think on their
feet. And as is usually the case, I learned just as much from
all of these experiences as the participants did.
month's newsletter feature article will provide you with the "secrets"
I learned from successful women during the past months journey.
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Yours in success,
Secrets of Successful Women in Business
all have those successful women we admire who seem to turn everything
they touch into gold. I've had the opportunity to interact with
a number of women like this during the past month to learn more
about why they are so successful. Here are five secrets of success
that I have learned from them that you can benefit from too.
a problem solver. According
to Jeanne Voight, founder of MindWare, a company that offers
brainy toys for kids of all ages, being a problem solver was
a key to her success. She said, "I have the ability to
look at the whole, find a solution, and then bring people
Pace your career. Most women, myself included, operate
in over-drive in all areas of our lives. The same has been
true for Andrea Walsh, Executive Vice President and Chief
Marketing Officer at Health Partners. Her advice? "Pace
yourself. It's okay to love your work but sometimes you need
to make career changes and set limits." Why? According
to Walsh, "You need to have something for the end of
the day so you have something to give back to your family."
Network like a man. Madeline Albright once said that
men spend their time networking while women focus their time
on other things. In order to be successful, we need to focus
our energy on networking. Deborah Hopp, Vice President for
Publishing and Publisher of Mpls./ St. Paul Magazine at MSP
Communications had this to say, "Women need to focus
their time on networking. Just like men have the 'old boy's
club' we need our own version of the 'old girl's' club."
Be a maximizer. In addition to developing ourselves,
we also need to be proactive in developing others, particularly
those we surround ourselves with. Nancy Schuelke, Community
Banking President of the west suburban metro market for Wells
Fargo, applies this success tactic in her work at Wells Fargo.
She said, "You have to fully develop people based on
their strengths, not their weaknesses. That's been a key strategy
for me and for Wells Fargo."
Think on your feet.
A key to successful communication, collaboration and effectiveness
under pressure is the ability to think on your feet. According
to Toni Halleen, Founder and President of Fun With Law, and
an Improvisational Comedian, "If you want to develop
your ability to think on your feet, then learn to: trust your
instincts, say 'yes' to new and different ideas, and be an
obsessive listener." Master these three skills for thinking
on your feet and you will be well on your way to success.
addition, most of the women I spoke with this past month felt
it was important to be innovative in order to stay ahead of competition,
and that it was critical to be decisive and take risks. If you
are not already using these success tactics, pick one or two that
you think would be most useful and begin putting them to work
for you today. After all, we can all benefit from the secrets
of successful women!
Copyright 2006 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
Barr is a management consultant and speaker with a special passion
for helping women achieve leadership success. Regina helps companies
develop strategies to attract, develop and retain women leaders.
Her consulting firm, Red Ladder, Inc., also helps organizations
and their leaders develop their full potential through strategic
project management and coaching. For more information visit www.RedLadder.com
Assessment - This short Risk Assessment is appropriate
for both corporate business line leaders and small business owners.
This assessment will measure your attitude towards business growth.
Women Make Better Managers? -
This article by Joanna L. Krotz, makes the case for why women
make better managers.
On Your Feet, How to Communicate Under Pressure
- This book by Marion K. Woodall focuses on helping you develop
more effective communication, improve human relations, and feel
more confident and poised.
in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:
18, 2006, Banking and Finance Leading CEO & CIO Summit, Challenges
Facing Women Banking Leaders, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
for information on how to register.
Red Ladder Programs:
Barriers, Climbing the Corporate Ladder. This program,
offered as both a keynote or workshop, provides participants with
insights on the key barriers that impact a woman's ability to
climb the proverbial ladder of success as well as the strategies
for overcoming them. The program is based on Red Ladder's copyrighted
Barriers Leadership Development Model.
the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked
Over. Success in business is equal parts inspiration,
perspiration, and improvisation. Participants will learn simple
improvisation techniques that will help them be more agile, creative
and confident in successfully handling the unexpected -- no matter
what the business situation.
Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA, an MBA and an
MA in human development. With over seventeen years in the financial
services industry, Regina has a broad range of leadership experience
in product, sales, and marketing. Red Ladder provides people development
services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing
people and inspiring success. In addition, Regina has a special
passion for helping companies attract, develop and retain women
What our clients are saying...
Regina Barr is, I want to be!! Regina Barr informs and educates
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is a leader in her field, and exudes professionalism to a tee.
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