Developing People...
Inspiring Success

" If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) sixth President of the United States

Volume 3, Issue 4 -- April 2006
ISSN 1556-3820

In This Issue

Note From Regina | Feature Article | Resources 
  What's NewAbout Regina | Blog

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Note From Regina

My 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.

This month's newsletter feature article will provide you with the "secrets" I learned from successful women during the past months journey. Since April is Pay Equity month, be sure to visit my Blog for the top five tips for getting paid what you're worth.

In closing, I'm excited to share with you that next month we will be introducing a new look to both our newsletter and our website. We hope you will share in our excitement by providing feedback.

Yours in success,
Regina Barr

Feature Article: Five Secrets of Successful Women in Business

We 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.

  1. Be 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 along."

  2. 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."

  3. 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."

  4. 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."

  5. 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.

In 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.

Regina 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 or


Risk 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.

Do Women Make Better Managers? - This article by Joanna L. Krotz, makes the case for why women make better managers.

Thinking 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.

What's New

Interested in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:

November 18, 2006, Banking and Finance Leading CEO & CIO Summit, Challenges Facing Women Banking Leaders, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Contact us at for information on how to register.

NEW Red Ladder Programs:

Breaking 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 Breaking Barriers Leadership Development Model.

Expect 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.

About Regina
Regina 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 leaders.
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