everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed
until it is faced." - James A. Baldwin
Volume 1, Issue 10-- November 2004
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Resources | Fast Facts
Survey | What's New
| About Regina
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Using Assessments to Develop Yourself and
you ever taken a development assessment? Many organizations that
I work with are now turning to behavior assessments and other
types of personality trait testing for employees or prospective
employees. Assessments can:
individuals better understand their strengths and position
them for jobs that leverage those strengths, and help them
create development plans to mitigate weaknesses.
a common language to help improve communications between individuals
and teams thereby enhancing interpersonal relationships and
Help human resources professionals and managers in selecting,
hiring, developing, motivating and positioning employees for
success, by matching them to jobs that best meet the individuals
and organizations work preferences and needs.
can provide you or your organization with the opportunity to
create a roadmap for success. You can use assessments to create
benchmarks for success by identifying values, emotional competencies
and other behaviors required for success in a given position,
department or organizational culture. This process can save
organizations not only time but money in the thousands of dollars
that it costs to hire and train new employees, and by reducing
turnover due to poor job fit. For the individual, it saves not
only time but the emotional energy that is invested in pursuing
new job opportunities.
Self-analysis is a critical component of any management development
program. With today's technology, most assessments are available
online for quick and easy administration and tabulation of results.
Since all assessment tools are not created equal, you should
consider working with a management consultant and coach who
is trained and qualified to administer them.
Understanding yourself and others better through assessments
can help to better position you to manage, understand and lead
others. The outcome: increased productivity, increased morale
and improved employee retention. Assessments can help you work
smarter, not harder. All around, that just makes good sense.
more information on using assessments, contact us at 651-453-1007
Copyright 2004 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
This website provides free assessments for self discovery and
This website provides various self-assessments for personal and
professional development which apply to both for-profits and non-profits
unless otherwise noted.
American Management Association survey in 2000 of midsized and
larger businesses found that 38 percent of job applicants taking
employer-administered tests lacked the reading and math skills
needed in the jobs for which they applied.
In the late
'90s, only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies used some type of
assessment. Today, that figure is climbing to 65 percent.
A year 2000
study by American Management Association showed nearly half of
1,085 employers polled use at least one assessment in their interviewing
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Survey Results - Barriers to
Advancement Facing Women in Business
100% of respondents AGREED that they
believe corporate culture and infrastructure favors men over women.
80% of respondents AGREED that society's
stereotypes and preconceptions about women and work present a
barrier to advancement for women in business.
50% of respondents AGREED that women
unknowingly create their own barriers that stand in their way
75% of respondents DISAGREED that
women's family responsibilities interfere with their work.
100% of respondents AGREED that although
women continue to advance in business, they feel that men are
still dominant in terms of status, salary and power.
month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This
month our survey is on Appreciation at Work.
the holiday season, we all have an opportunity to share our prosperity
with others. This year I hope you will join me in giving by supporting
the following event.
7, 2004, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, St. Louis Park, MN.
Girls' Night Out! A shopping extravanza.
will help four great Charities. Entry fee is either a toy for
Toys for Tots or $10 for the Salvation Army. In addition, raffle
proceeds will benefit Sharing and Caring Hands & proceeds
from our Gift Wrapping Service will be donated to I Love a Parade.
For more information go to http://aimnetworking.com/networking.htm
for information on how to register.
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.
What our clients are saying...
presentation was straightforward and helpful. I would highly recommend
your leadership seminar to all levels of management." Carolyn
L. Bradford, EVP/ CFO, Home National Bank
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