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Volume 3, Issue 1-- January 2006
ISSN 1556-3820

In This Issue

Note From Regina  |  Feature Article  |  Resources 
  What's New  |  About Regina | Blog

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Note From Regina

I took a hiatus from my blog over the past few months, but recently added a couple new posts so check it out here: http://redladder.blogs.com/.

Sincerely,
Regina Barr

Feature Article

Five Tips for How to Think on Your Feet and Become The MacGyver of Your Workplace

Thinking on your feet is a critical skill for any business leader when it comes to solving unexpected issues that arise on the job. This is the number one reason my clients state for hiring me. No matter what obstacles come my way, I always find a way to work things out.

Do you remember the television program MacGyver, from the mid-80s, starring Richard Dean Anderson? Jog your memory by clicking here: http://rdanderson.com/macgyver/macgyver.htm

MacGyver was notorious for solving problems by using science and his wits with very minimal resources. And, he came through every time. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone like him on your team? Or, even better, wouldn’t it be great if you had even just a few of the skills that MacGyver exhibited?

Follow these simple steps to learn how to think to think on your feet and solve problems while doing more with less.

FIVE TIPS FOR THINKING ON YOUR FEET

  1. Trust yourself and others. Learn to go with your gut and trust your ideas. Take this advice from Improvisational Comedians, “If you feel your feet moving -- follow them!” Do the same for your work colleagues.

  2. Develop a “yes, and…” mentality. Don’t negate or deny ideas. Get rid of “yes, but …” Accept the information that comes to you and work with it.

  3. Be in the moment. Remember to listen, watch and concentrate. You have to pay attention!

  4. Make actional choices. In Improv, you would go somewhere or do something. By taking action, you increase your focus. Do the same in business!

  5. Work to the top of your intelligence. Challenge yourself to see what you can discover. Try not to create a box that isn’t there.

Thinking on your feet is child’s play. Literally. Next time you are around children watch how they take in new information and move quickly to make changes to what they are doing. They are all mini-experts at thinking on their feet.

If you want to be the MacGyer of your workplace, try these tips and remember, be flexible, be open to the possibilities, and be ready to have fun. The next time the universe (or your boss!) drops a challenge in your lap, smile and say, “Bring it on!”

Looking for a fun, interactive program to get your company or business organization thinking on their feet? Then consider Regina’s NEW program, Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over. Click here for more information.

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 www.RedLadder.com or www.RedLadder.blogs.com.

Copyright 2006 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.


Resources

Creative Journaling - Keeping a Creative Journal is a tool for personal growth using writing and drawing, somewhat like a diary. Dr. Lucia Capacchione's Creative Journaling questions and exercises are intended as a jumping-off point into your own growth and personal style of expression.

Stevie Ray's Improv Company - Stevie Ray has trained thousands of people since 1989. Some students are interested in developing their talents for the stage, others are seeking personal or professional growth, others just want to have fun. No matter what your reason, Stevie Ray has a class for you.

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre - The Brave New Workshop brings a unique brand of training, comedy, writing, music and improvisation to corporations, organizations, and individuals.

The Artists Way, by Julia Cameron. The author leads you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks.

The Artist’s Way at Work, by Julia Cameron. The author has shown that people can thrive at their jobs when they take time to nurture their spirit and listen to their thoughts.

Vein of Gold, by Julia Cameron. If you've read the Artist's Way, and one or two years later you find that you're not making art consistently, you may find this book helpful. It delves more deeply than the AW in enabling you to identify, clarify, nurture and fulfill your creative desires.

Improvise This!, by Mark Bergren, Molly Cox & Jim Detmar. Improvise This! is filled with true-to-life business scenarios and offers methods for not only surviving but triumphing in those situations, making this a valuable and entertaining resource.

What's New

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

January 27, 2006, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Your Professional ROI, Minneapolis, MN.
February 14, 2006, St. Thomas University, Networking for Success, Minneapolis, MN.
February 24, 2006, Financial Women International Golden West District Conference, Her Place at the Table, Laguna Beach, CA.

Contact us at info@redladder.com for information on how to register.

NEW Red Ladder Programs:
Parachute Over Your Obstacles: How to Build and Leverage Relationships at Work
Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over

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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What our clients are saying...
“API Outsourcing utilized Regina Barr’s services for a workshop at our Annual Client Summit. Regina was able to achieve full participation from the audience and make the workshop enjoyable. She was thoroughly prepared and left our clients with resources to expand upon the information gleaned at the workshop. As one participant stated 'Regina engaged the audience and her presentation was entertaining as well as educational.’ I would highly recommend Regina for workshops or team building activities.” Debra Kosch, Marketing Manager API Outsourcing, Inc.

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