Developing People...
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"Networking is probably the most effective way of generating creative activity."
-- James F. Lewin, SVP, Security Pacific National Bank

Volume 3, Issue 3 -- March 2006
ISSN 1556-3820

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

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Note From Regina

My readers continue to be a source of inspiration for me, and based on your feedback, my newsletter and blog continue to be a source of inspiration for you. Now that's what I call a win-win proposition! This month's newsletter feature article gives a new spin to networking while my blog articles include: Gender Stereotypes Continue to Hamper Women in Business, Michelle Kwan’s Goldern Legacy, and Your Professional ROI. Something for everyone I hope!

Last chance... to share your opinion that is! If you haven't already responded to the Old Boys Club Poll please do so. Do you believe the Old Boy's Club excludes you from lucrative accounts, promotions or comparable pay? You can share your opinion right now. And, please pass this short poll along to every woman you know!

Yours in success,
Regina Barr

Feature Article: Everything I Need to Know About SuccessI Learned Through Networking

As a Consultant, I attend a lot of networking events, industry association programs, and one-on-one meetings for breakfast, coffee or other food-related events. Whenever I network or attend events, I always tell people that it was worth my time and money if I gained just one creative idea or contact from the experience. This past month I really put that concept to the test by attending numerous networking meetings, including one tele-networking event!

Here are a few nuggets that I picked up as I networked my way through the past month.

  1. Be Bold! The Woman's Club of Minneapolis recently featured motivational speaker Ann Ulrich, who said, "We create our own possibilities for success by boldly creating opportunity from possibility." According to Ann, combine possibility with perseverance and professionalism and you have your own personalized recipe for success. How do you create your own possibilities? By being bold of course.

  2. Think Big. Sandra Wakefield, an advocate of Brilliant Living (her TV program bears that name), is also an advocate of brilliant networking. She recently brought together a group of like-minded women with the intent of connecting them with an organization that could help make their business goals and personal dreams come true. Not only did she inspire these women to think big she inspired them to think about how taking their businesses to the million dollar (or more!) level. Now that's thinking big.

  3. Tell Your Stories. Tom Bengtson, owner, publisher and editor of Northwestern Financial Review, has been in the industry long enough to know what connects a writer to the reader or a speaker to the audience: personal stories. He encouraged me to share my own personal stories in my writing and my speaking engagements. According to Tom, "We learn something about the person who shares their stories, and there is value in that. But the real reason to share your stories is to learn something about yourself." The message? Sometimes the best lessons in life we teach ourselves.

  4. Develop a "kitchen cabinet." Erin Dady works closely with aspiring women political candidates. A panelist at the recent Joint Dinner of Women's Professional Associations, Erin shared some advice that highlighted the importance of having a trusted group of advisors on your team that she called, "your kitchen cabinet." These were the trusted men and women that you surround yourself with around your kitchen table. This powerful network is a key success factor when running for office. It can also be the key to success if you are climbing the corporate ladder (think mentors) or a growing a successful small business (think advisory board). Net, net, regardless of what you call them, no woman should be without the equivalent of a powerful "kitchen cabinet."

  5. Filter Advice. Judge Susan Burke, recent panelist at the Joint Dinner of Women's Professional Associations, spoke about her recent experience in running for public office. In the early stages, every person she encountered (including her boss, husband and parents) gave her a list of reasons why she shouldn't run for office. That being the case, what finally compelled her to run for office? "I learned to beware advice from people who have a vested interest in the outcome," stated Judge Burke. The lesson? Seek advice but ultimately you need to make the final decision.

This past month I was lucky enough to obtain the five great nuggets I shared with you above. To recap: don't be afraid to be bold, think big, or tell your stories. But during the process, remember to surround yourself with trusted advisors but be sure to filter any advice you receive. Not bad for a month's worth of networking. Don't you agree?

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

Copyright 2006 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

Resources - This website features Ann Ulrich and her Bold!Factor approach to business and life. - This website features Tom Bengtson's musings about business, religion, family and politics. To order Tom Bengtson's book, Emerging Son, see the post for December 14, 2004 - Make Mine a $Million Business(TM) is a national movement inspiring one million women entrepreneurs to reach one million dollars in revenue by the year 2010. If you are a woman entrepreneur with a plan to grow your business, we encourage you to declare your intention today.

What's New

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April 6, 2006, Financial Women International Iowa District Conference, Her Place at the Table, Ames, IA.

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NEW Red Ladder Programs:
Your Professional ROI. This program provides participants with practical skills and confidence to handle themselves in almost any 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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