January 21, 2010

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 7, Issue 1   January 2010   ISSN 1556-3820

“Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.

– Lee Iacocca, American businessman, former Chairman of Chrysler Corporation

Note From Regina 


I hope this note finds you energized by the start of a brand new year and decade! There has been a flurry of activity in my office this month as we are beginning preparations to roll-out the Women at the Top™ Network!  For those of you who know me, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise. I have long had a passion for empowering women to lead and this is an extension of that passion.

I hope that you’ll check out this new community of women and consider becoming a Founding Member. We’ve got special pricing, weekly drawings, and a grand prize drawing to entice you to join early. Our official launch isn’t until April 1st but we’ve already got a great line-up of special programs and a Virtual Leadership Development Conference in the works, many of which you can attend for FREE! Learn more by visiting our Schedule of Events.

This month I’ve put together my top ten things for you to do in 2010 that will help you jump-start your professional development this year. So be sure to read my feature article, Develop a CEO Mindset and Make 2010 Your Best Career Year Ever!

On that note, I wish all of you a ‘ten’ in 2010!

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

Web: redladder.com
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/reginabarr

P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what you plan to do this year as it relates to your professional development!

   Feature Article

Develop a CEO Mindset and Make 2010 Your Best Career Year Ever!

By all accounts, 2010 is already shaping up to be a year of transformation and renewal. But if you don’t change your mindset and become the CEO of your career, time and opportunity have a way of just slipping by. To help you make the most of every opportunity that comes your way this year, here are ten activities that you can do right now to make 2010 your best year ever.

  1. Take inventory of your career. Yes, this involves reflection. But if you don’t do it now, when will you? Take a critical look at both your assets and liabilities, then create a personal balance sheet or scorecard for yourself. What does your scorecard say about you?

  2. Get clear on your values. You’d be surprised how many people aren’t really clear about their values. Since these are the building blocks for making decisions, it’s important that you be clear about what values are most important to you.

  3. Write out your own personal mission and vision statement. Remember Jerry Maguire? After years of successfully navigating the ultra competitive world of sports management, Jerry Mcguire (Oscar nominee Tom Cruise) experiences a crisis of conscience. He writes a mission statement, leaves his job, and after a myriad of bumps along the way, finds success on his own terms. I know. I had you at hello, right?

  4. Create your own definition of success. You have the capacity to be successful in both your personal and professional life. The real question is, how successful do you want to be? Take time to write out your own definition of success. Your answer may surprise you.

  5. Develop 3-5 career goals. I know, I know. That’s all you hear about at work is goals. That’s because there is magic in goals. Want to know the true power of goals? Watch the documentary, Touching the Void.  This docudrama is an eye-opener when you realize the role that goals played in the survival of Joe Simpson when a mountaineering trek goes awry.

  6. Hone your negotiation skills. There is no other skill that will help you be successful like negotiation skills. It’s the only skill that will help you get not only what you need to be successful but what you want. For example, you may need a new office space (and anywhere will do, right?) but why shouldn’t you get the one you really want in the corner with the fabulous views? I know you will be more productive with those views, right? Remember, somebody has to get it and it may as well be YOU!

  7. Take a risk. We’ve all been in hunker down and hideout mode. Time to break out of the cocoon and actually do something different and maybe even just a teeny bit risky. It doesn’t have to be crazy, like ski-boarding. Just something that pushes the limits on what you normally do like cross country skiing or something like it. (Note: the latter isn’t really that risky except maybe if you fall down – which I have been known to do especially when trying to go up a big hill.)

  8. Engage in continuous learning. You’ve got to fill the well with new ideas. So many people delude themselves by saying I’m too busy. Seriously, we’re all busy. And, with so many options (newspapers, books, teleseminars, webinars, eCourses, as well as numerous in-person and traditional classroom style training) there truly is no excuse any more. Trust me, spending time learning something new will make you not only a better employee but a better person too.

  9. Schedule checkpoints to review your goals. Yes, you have to inspect what you expect. There are plenty of tools that can help make this easy. If you don’t think you can do this yourself, find a goal buddy, enlist your spouse or hire a coach. At the end of the day, items you focus your attention on usually get done. So, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy let’s “git-r-done.” (Yes, that’s how he spells it.)

  10. Develop a strong network. With the business environment in chaos over the past two years, many individuals belatedly realized the importance of having a strong network. Those who were suddenly out of a job or whose livelihoods depended on referrals may have found the well had dried up because they failed to nurture their networks. I hope you will consider joining the WATT™ Network.  Join now and receive my audio, Time Management for the Time Pressed and my eReport, Developing a CEO Mindset – FREE!

If tackling these 10 tasks feels overwhelming to you, then pick just two or three of them and start there. Any action is better than no action. Plus, energy begets energy. The more you accomplish the more you will likely want to accomplish. The bottom line is this. How your 2010 plays out is up to only one person: you. What are you willing to do to make 2010 your best career year ever?

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive. She is the founder of Red Ladder, Inc. and the Women at the Top™ Network. As CEO she helps organizations manage transitions, complete major projects, build strong teams and develop leadership talent. She is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, visit www.redladder.com, www.theWATTnetwork.com, or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2010 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
All rights reserved.


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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc. provides services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, Red Ladder’s CEO, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over twenty years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.

in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Develop a CEO Mindset and Make 2010 Your Best Career Year Ever!
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

As it relates to my professional development ...

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

12/01/09 Red Ladder, Inc. is pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities for the Women at the TopTM (WATTTM) study, web site, blog and events.

Here are upcoming programs featuring or hosted by Regina Barr ...

For complete details and information on how to register, visit our Schedule of Events.

January 26, 2010 (1 pm CST), Women at the Top™ Network, Informational Call, Teleseminar

January 27, 2010 (12 noon CST), Women at the Top™ Network, Author Interview Series, Marcia Malzahn, author of Devotions for Working Women: A Daily Inspiration to Live a Successful and Balanced Life, Teleseminar

February 3, 2010 (12 noon CST), Women at the Top™ Network, Dial Up Your Leadership: Up is NOT the Only Way™, Teleseminar

February 17, 2010 (12 noon CST), Women at the Top™ Network, Author Interview Series, The Mingling Maven®, Susan Roane, author of Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World, Teleseminar

February 23, 2010 (12 noon CST) Women at the Top™ Network, Informational Call, Teleseminar

March 18, 2010 (11 am CST) Women at the Top™ Network, Informational Call, Teleseminar

March 22 – March 26, 2010 (12 noon - 1:30 CST), Women at the Top Network, Virtual Leadership Development Conference, Focus Areas: interpersonal skills, self management, personal accountability, influencing others, goal achievement, Teleseminar

For complete details and information on how to register, visit our Schedule of Events. Preview a list of Regina’s five most requested programs.

Interested in having Regina speak or present a seminar or workshop at your next event? Contact us at: 651-453-1007 or .


Resources ...  

Devotions for Working Women: A Daily Inspiration to Live a Successful and Balanced Life: As a successful working woman, Marcia Malzahn shares her God-inspired principles for living a balanced and successful life. In Devotions for Working Women, Marcia walks you through these principles in a clear concise format that takes just minutes per day.

Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World: E-mail, texting, BlackBerry, MySpace: more and more, technology dominates our communication. We are often tuning out those around us – to the point of e-mailing the person at the next desk or surreptitiously checking our BlackBerry’s during a meeting. Author Susan RoAne, The Mingling Maven®, offers practical tips to interact and connect with comfort and confidence in shared social space, whether it’s handling office politics, turning small talk into BIG TALk, finding a mentor, or conducting successful business deals over meals.


"I worked with Regina during a significant career move and, with her guidance, I was able to smoothly transition into a new management position. Regina's focus on encouraging a strategic - rather than reactive - mindset, clear communications, and conscious goal setting, played an important role in my transition."

– Angela Alwin, Communications Manager, Gray Plant Mooty 

Copyright 2010 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
Women at the Top™ and WATT™ are trademarks of Red Ladder, Inc. 
All rights reserved.

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