Developing People...
Inspiring Success

" Not 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

In This Issue

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

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Feature Article - Using Assessments to Develop Yourself and Others

Have 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:

  1. Help individuals better understand their strengths and position them for jobs that leverage those strengths, and help them create development plans to mitigate weaknesses.

  2. Provide a common language to help improve communications between individuals and teams thereby enhancing interpersonal relationships and productivity.

  3. 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.

Assessments 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.

For more information on using assessments, contact us at 651-453-1007 or

Copyright 2004 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

Resources This website provides free assessments for self discovery and understanding. This website provides various self-assessments for personal and professional development which apply to both for-profits and non-profits unless otherwise noted.

Fast Facts

An 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 process.
Source: link&learn(TM) Newsletter, Linkage Incorporated

October 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 to advancement.

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.


Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on Appreciation at Work.

What's New

During 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.

December 7, 2004, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, St. Louis Park, MN.
Girls' Night Out! A shopping extravanza.

Your participation 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

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...
"Your 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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