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" Passion holds up the world, while genius paints the roof."
Ch'ao Chang

Volume 2, Issue 2 -- February 2005

In This Issue

Feature Article  |  Resources  |  Fast Facts 
  Survey  |  What's New  |  About Regina

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Feature Article - Working With Passion

When's the last time that you told someone that you are passionate about your work? If you're like most people, you probably don't even associate the word passion with your job. In last month's Red Ladder survey, only 34% of respondents said that they do not wake up easily or feel excited about the day ahead. Only 44% of respondents felt that they were doing their best work and living up to their full potential. Further, 56% of respondents indicated that they would like to pursue new interests but often procrastinate or feel paralyzed, and thus, do nothing. Doesn't that make you feel sad?

So, what is passion? According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, passion can be defined as an object of desire or deep interest, or an intense emotion compelling action. You know when you see someone that has passion for what they are doing. They typically exhibit high energy and the ability to put 100% focus on moving something forward no matter what the obstacles are. You know who these people are. Their energy is contagious and most of us are attracted to them like moths to a spotlight because we’d like even a small part of the energy that they exude in the world.

For me, passion is about doing work that resonates with my core values and is aligned with my heart’s true desire. I want to help other women (and men) successfully navigate corporate challenges and be successful in their careers. This passion plays out in numerous ways in my work as a management consultant, project manager and coach to organizations of all sizes and, as a seminar leader and keynote speaker.

I recently met a woman at an author event at Bound to Be Read in St. Paul, MN. The topic was on earning what you’re worth, an area that I not only feel passionate about but am knowledgeable about as well. One of the keys to earning what you’re worth is doing something that you have passion for.

This young woman seemed very discouraged and de-energized with her work at a large medical company. It was clear she had no passion for what she was doing. When I asked her about what she had passion for, she was able to articulate it immediately and with much energy. However, she then proceeded to tell me that she didn’t see anyway to tie that passion to a job. With the limited information that she shared, I rattled off several ideas and contacts for her to explore.

Before parting ways, we exchanged business cards. When I went home that night, I wrote a quick inspirational note and mailed it off to her the next day. Below is an excerpt from an email she sent me in response.

“It was such a delight to get your letter in the mail! It really made my day and kept the momentum going, that I really do need to pursue my dreams instead of just being willing to accept any position in the company. I had written about you in my journal the night we met - your energy and confidence really made an impression on me and I wrote about how I wanted to really feel and exhibit those qualities. Then I got your note - what a joy to have another touch point.”

The magic about working with passion is that it usually only takes a small belief in yourself to start making things happen. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  1. What is your passion inviting you to do?
  2. What would your life be like if you were able to incorporate some aspect of your passion into your work life every day?
  3. How would working with your passion benefit you? Your company?
  4. What obstacles are standing in your way?
  5. What is one small step you could take to move you forward and begin working with your passion today?

In the words of author H. Jackson Browne, "Find a job you like and you add five days to every week." The only way I know how to do that is to work with passion. So, what are you waiting for?

Copyright 2005 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

This website features a variety of articles about passion in the work force and tips on how to ensure passion is prevalent in your life and work. This is the site location for Worthwhile, a magazine whose focus is on purpose, passion and profit at work.

Problems at the Top - Apathy, Contempt for Managers
This article offers intriguing statistics and facts on job satisfaction in the work place.
This website provides information on a several interesting tools for sale that can help you identify your core passion and to allow the inner voice of your core passion to be seen and heard.

Fast Facts

84% of executives believe their organizations are unable to take advantage of the full potential of their workforces, according to a study of more than 300 major European and US companies.
(Convergys by Saratoga/PricewaterhouseCoopers)

65% of executives said they face an increased demand for an agile workforce to remain competitive in today’s global market. ( Convergys by Saratoga/PricewaterhouseCoopers)

January Survey Results - How to incorporate passion into your job or life.

67% of respondents AGREE that they feel completely satisfied with their life/ job.

66% of respondents AGREE that they wake up easily and feel excited about the day ahead.

Only 44% of respondents AGREE that they feel that they're doing their best and achieving their full potential.

67% of respondents AGREE that they often feel stuck or unable to change their current situation.

89% of respondents DISAGREE that they're not sure what they want to do with their life.

89% of respondents AGREE that they wish they had more time to do the things that they enjoy.

56% of respondents AGREE that they would like to pursue new interests but often procrastinate or feel paralyzed, so they end up doing nothing.


Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on managing change.

What's New

Interested in hearing Regina speak? Here are some upcoming programs that are open to the public:

March 29, 2005, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., AIM to Succeed Tele-seminar, Topic: Pricing ABCs and 123s.

April 19, 2005, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., BPW Program, Topic: Equal Pay Panel, location TBD.

April 28, 2005, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., University of Minnesota, Topic: Leadership, Minneapolis MN.

April 30, 2005, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Power of I Conference, Topic: Inflate Your Success, Bloomington, MN.

May 18, 2005, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Financial Women International & Minnesota Bankers Association, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, Bloomington, MN.

Contact us at for information on how to register.

About Regina
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.
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What our clients are saying...
"I have been impressed not only with Regina's project management skills, but also with her ability to reach out and build collaborative relationships throughout our organization. There is no doubt that Regina"s project management and people skills were a big factor in the success of Thrivent Financial's Enterprise Change Management Initiative." Steven R. Wendt, Vice President, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

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