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Volume 4, Issue 2   March/April 2007   ISSN 1556-3820

"Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress." --  Nicholas Murray Butler, Educator
   Note From Regina

It's hard to believe that March is almost over and we are winding down the first quarter. Spring has made an early appearance and some of my clients tell me they are feeling a bit antsy about their jobs and itching for change. Sometimes we think that the grass is greener on the other side, don’t we? However, sometimes with a change of attitude our own grass can become a more exciting shade of green. Want to appreciate your current job? Then be sure to read my feature article, Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment!

I'd also love your feedback on your outlook when getting ready to go back to work each week so be sure to take this month's short poll.

Learn more about other Red Ladder topics of interest by visiting my Blog.

Don't forget to visit my website, www.redladder.com, where you will find more information about our strategic consulting, project management, executive coaching, speaking and assessment services, as well as other resources, articles, and tools to help you be more successful.

Yours in success,

Regina Barr

   Feature Article

Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment 

I often think about something that my uncle once told me when I asked him if he minded getting older. He said, "Age is a state of mind over matter, if you don't mind it then it doesn't matter." With each passing year (and birthday) I have come to appreciate the wisdom of this statement. I have learned that what he did was to reframe his vision about age and that what he was really talking about was changing his perspective and attitude to appreciate something that might not otherwise have been an enjoyable event.

Since I celebrate my birthday in February that got me thinking about my uncle's wisdom and what would happen if we applied his wisdom to the workplace. Consider for a moment what your experience or the experience of your employees might be if each of you reframed the vision held about work by making some minor tweaks and adjustments to both your attitude and perspective.

Here are a couple of ideas to help you reframe your vision about work.

  1. Be the most optimistic person you know. Instead of finding fault, find what is right about the work that you, your team or company are trying to accomplish. Be positive and encourage others to do the same. You’ll be amazed at the change this will have on you and your work environment.
  2. Always assume positive intent. As the pace of the work environment has picked up and as we are all doing more with less, sometimes others say and do things that frustrate, offend or even upset us. Next time you get a memo, phone message or email that makes you want to scream, take a deep breath and assume that the other person’s intent was a positive one. Ninety-nine percent of the time this will be the case.
  3. Embrace the golden rule. We've all heard this one before, right? That is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Makes sense in your personal life; works in business too. So next time someone does something that ticks you off, take a step back and try to react in a way that you would have liked that person to respond to you in the first place. You might just be pleasantly surprised.
  4. Act "as if". That is, act "as if" your job was the best job on the planet. Then deliver your work with the passion that you would if it were indeed your dream job. Guess what? You might find that it actually does become your dream job. If it doesn't, don't worry. It is likely that just by your actions you have probably put yourself in a better position of finding your dream job.
  5. Assume responsibility for your actions and reactions. Responsibility can be broken down into two words: response and ability. Only you have the ability to control your response to any situation. Next time something doesn't quite go your way, respond as if it had. See what happens.

So as you begin to wind down the first quarter, try to reframe your thinking about work. After all, work truly can be a state of mind over matter, change your mind and work may just matter in a whole new way. What are you waiting for? 

Copyright 2007 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

Regina Barr is a management consultant and speaker. Her consulting firm, Red Ladder, Inc., specializes in helping organizations and their leaders develop their full potential through strategic consulting and project management, executive coaching and training. Regina also helps companies develop strategies to attract, develop and retain high potential leaders.  For more information visit www.RedLadder.com or http://www.redladder.blogs.com/.


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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc., provides people development services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, CEO of Red Ladder, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over eighteen years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing. In addition, Regina has a special passion for helping companies attract, develop and retain high potential leaders.

in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

On Sunday evening, when I think about the coming week and the work that I do in my job, I...

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr quoted in Star Tribune article: Rapport-Building Increases Sales


Regina Barr obtained her TriMetrix® Certification. TriMetrix® is an assessment tool designed to focus on benchmarking the job, assessing personal talent, and then matching the talent to the job. This certification shows Regina's ongoing commitment to remain current in the tools that will help your organization find and develop your best asset-- your people. To learn more, contact us at or 651-453-1007.

Regina Barr’s tips for Thinking On Your Feet are quoted in a new book, Buying A Franchise: Tips, Tools & Tales for Doing it Right. 

Speaking Schedule ...

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

April 3, 2007, FWI Iowa District, Positive Risk: How Smart Women Use Passion to Break Through Their Fears, Ames, IA

April 4, 2007, IABC Dial-Up Your Career Series, Inspiring Peak Performance – Building Team Brilliance through Coaching Conversations, TeleForum™

April 10, 2007, FWI Twin Cities Metro Group, Women Mentoring Women Panel Program, Mpls, MN

May 2, 2007, IABC Dial-Up Your Career Series, Do What You Do Best and Outsource the Rest, TeleForum™

May 18, 2007, FWI North Central District & Minnesota Bankers Association, Positive Risk: How Smart Women Use Passion to Break Through Their Fears, Minneapolis, MN

for information on how to register or if you are interested in having Regina speak to your organization.


Resources ...

1. Workplace Motivators: this assessment tool measures the relative prominence of six basic interests or motives. The report helps to illuminate those motivating factors and attitudes, and allows you to understand the driving forces behind your employee's actions. The result? You will have a better understanding on how to motivate your employees for maximum productivity. Contact us at or 651-453-1007 to learn more.

2.  ODsurveys Plus™: use our off the shelf survey or customize one to meet the specific needs of your organization. Use this information to develop strategic goals and action plans for your company. Contact us at or 651-453-1007 to learn more.

What Our Clients are Saying ...

“Regina's presentation was refreshing and eye opening for the members of our Women in Corporate America and Professional Women in Corporate America members. Regina, not only 'talks the talk' but she also 'walks the walk.' She is a lively, vivacious presenter as well as a genuinely giving person. I highly recommend her to other audiences."

-- Barry Miller, Ph.D., Manager Alumni Career Programs and Services, Pace University

Copyright 2006 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. All rights reserved.
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