Developing People...
Inspiring Success

"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."
Anna Quindlen

Volume 2, Issue 10-- October 2005
ISSN 1556-3820

In This Issue

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

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Feature Article: Up Is Not the Only Way

When I first entered the workforce, the path for moving forward and advancing my career was steep and hierarchical. In some ways, it reminded me of the steps required to ascend the temples in Chitza Nitza, Mexico. (Click here for photo.) If you have ever climbed the pyramid at Chitza Nitza, you know that it’s not too bad at the lower levels, but gets more challenging the higher you go. And as you might expect, it was pretty lonely at the top.

Today, the organizational realm in which we work has been dramatically altered. Organizations are flatter, with fewer middle management positions. Those that do hold those positions now have broader spans of control with more responsibility. Downsizing or “rightsizing” has become an accepted business practice in most companies. And, we have come to know, that we all have limited -- if any -- job security.

Not to worry! There are still plenty of opportunities for those that want to move ahead and ascend the corporate ladder. It does require you to change your perspective and develop a new vocabulary.

If you want to move ahead in your company, here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Develop a "Me, Inc." attitude. Identify your key assets and liabilities. Then create a plan to leverage your assets and offset your liabilities. Involve your manager when appropriate. But remember, you are responsible for your own career success.

  • Invest in your "work portfolio." Develop a wide range of experiences and desirable skills. Do this internally at your company or externally through volunteer work. And remember, embrace lifelong development and continuous learning by taking advantage of degreed programs, industry seminars, continuing education and company training programs.

  • Be a change agent. Get comfortable with handling ongoing change. This means not only embracing change but also seeking it out in the form of new and challenging experiences. Move around willingly and proactively. That includes up, down, and sideways within your company, and outside of your company when necessary.

Follow these tips and you can expect new avenues to open up for you. And remember, in the new world of work, up is not the only way!

Regina Barr is a management consultant with a passion for helping women develop their full potential. For more information on her programs and services, check out her website, or contact Regina at

Copyright 2005 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.


BPW/USA - Meet other professional women at BPW/USA and BPW Foundation events, conferences and programs and exchange ideas, build business leads, find peers in your field or learn how to lobby.

Women Find Nontraditional Ways To Network for Advancement - This article from The Wall Street Journal's Executive Career Site discusses the fact that many popular ways to network -- cocktail-hour gatherings, business-card exchanges or sports events -- aren't suited to women's schedules or tastes.

Catalyst - The leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work.

Financial Women International Foundation - The Financial Women International Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of financial services industry professionals, by providing tools, resources and opportunities that will benefit the individual, the industry, and the community at large.

Fast Facts

September Survey Results - Climbing the Corporate Ladder in a Zig-Zag Fashion

Last months survey indicated that the top attributes for advancing one's career include:

Self confidence
Clear personal values/ mission/ vision
Competent negotiator
Business acumen
Strong inter-personal skills
Strategic thinker
Felxible/ open to change
Competence in my current job


Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on Breaking Barriers
in Business.

What's New

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

October 25, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Up is Not the Only Way, Bloomington, MN

October 28, API Outsourcing, Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over, St. Paul, MN.

November 16, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Female Perspectives in Leadership, Bloomington, MN

Contact us at for information on how to register.

About Regina

Regina Barr is President and Owner of Red Ladder, Inc., a company that provides people development services for individuals and organizations with a focus on inspiring individuals to achieve unprecedented organizational success. In 2004, Regina was voted one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Twin Cities professionals under 40 years old” for her business accomplishments and community contributions. With over sixteen years in the financial services industry, Regina has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing. She holds a BBA in management/finance, an MBA in management/marketing, and an MA in human development.

To learn more about how Regina can help your organization, contact us at

What our clients are saying...
"Regina, your presentation at our Women in Banking Conference was great! By all accounts the event was a success and your participation was certainly a big part of that success. Our members' satisfaction with both your content and delivery was reflected in the high evaluation scores and many positive comments we received."-- Jon Campos Meetings Director, North Carolina Bankers Association

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