March 29, 2011

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 8, Issue 3   March 2011   ISSN 1556-3820

"Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it."

- W. Clement Stone (American best-selling Author and Founder of Combined Insurance Co.)

Note From Regina 


I recently had the opportunity to hear Marie C. Wilson, founder and president emeritus of The White House Project speak. Part of her message is that women are the next obvious solution to some of the challenges facing our companies and our nation. Marie’s mantra: add women, change everything.

Now more than ever it’s important for you to stand tall and take charge of YOUR career. And, while you’re at it, help other women do the same. If you have to, pull them up along with you even if they are kicking and screaming along the way.

Your company needs the skills and perspective that only YOU can bring to the table. Read this month’s feature article, Five Tips to FIRE UP your Career and Shift into Overdrive, and find out how you can take charge of your career now.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

Web: redladder.com
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P.S. I stand by my opinion on the top earner for corporate boards being a woman which is, it’s about time!

   Feature Article

Five Tips to FIRE UP Your Career and Shift into Overdrive!

There are two approaches you can take when it comes to your career: stick or shift. 

Many of you will choose to stick – that is – you will keep your head down and simply do what is required of you each day.  Your goal? To just get by and go home knowing you did what you had to do – nothing more, nothing less. Your reward? You’ll earn a paycheck, some benefits, and perhaps (on the surface) an easier path to travel. But I’ll hazard with that, a less certain career path and increased job uncertainty.

However, a small percentage of you will choose to shift – that is – you will choose to take those actions necessary to accelerate your personal and professional development.  This, in turn, will provide the momentum that you will need to be nimble and quick, so that you can take advantage of new opportunities and produce results that will propel your company – and your career – to success.  Your reward?  You will become indispensable, earn more money, get more recognition, receive more promotional opportunities and, yes, have more fun. Isn’t that a great way to safeguard your job and your career?

Here are five tips you use today fire up YOUR career and shift into overdrive.

TIP #1: Set Your Direction by Creating a Plan
You’ve got to know what to focus on, and it’s up to you to set the direction in terms of where you want your career to go. I’m a big fan of delegating but this is ONE task that you absolutely can NOT delegate because in today’s career environment, everyone is busy, and they have their own career to manage. To be successful in business and in life you must know where you are RIGHT NOW and where you want to go TODAY, TOMORROW, NEXT WEEK, NEXT MONTH, NEXT YEAR, and have a plan of action to get there.

TIP #2: Take Small Steps to Build Quick Momentum
Like most of you, I find it easy to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of work and life, the nitty-gritty, the minutiae, the politics, the gossip, and all of the other trivia that takes place in our offices. As a result, it becomes easy to lose sight of the big picture, right? So, what do you need to do to accomplish your goals? Carve out time EVERY day to take one small positive action to move your goals forward. Develop a work list. Make a phone call. Conduct research. Read an article. Schedule a meeting. Do just ONE THING each day and you will likely be amazed at how quickly your momentum will shift you forward.

TIP #3: Rev Up for Success through Preparation and Practice
When a race car driver gets ready for the big race, it’s not about just being able to drive without crashing. It’s also having the mental stamina and focus necessary to fully engage in the moment, take the necessary actions and embrace risks to cross the finish line, and potentially win the race.  This doesn’t happen just by getting behind the wheel and is rarely due to luck.  For some it takes months, sometimes years, of preparation and practice.  What are you doing to rev up your career? What or who can help you by providing tools and resources you need? What action can you take right now to position you for future success within your organization?

TIP #4: Do Something Different to Accelerate Beyond Expectations
If you want to accelerate your career beyond your wildest expectations then you are likely going to have to do something dramatically different from what you are doing today. Sometimes that means that you have to take a leap of faith in yourself and create, develop or implement something completely new or different.  That way your results can clearly speak for themselves. And, don’t leave the results to chance or luck.  Make it a conscious choice to do something dramatically different then back it with your hard work and laser clear focus. Make the commitment to stretch and grow as a business professional.  Then watch your successes pile up as you begin to accelerate your career and your dreams unfold.

TIP #5: Be Willing to Shift Gears to Get Unstuck 
To survive in business and in life you need to know when to shift gears.  Sometimes we get on a certain path or track and we tool along at the same speed just enjoying the ride.  But then our needs change, customer needs change, organizational needs change, and all of a sudden what we’ve done before no longer helps us be successful in achieving our goals.  Yet, we continue along the same path at the same speed doing the same things all the while hoping for different results. Someone once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.  Don’t wait for someone to come looking for you with a strait jacket.  Instead, remember to shift gears now to get yourself unstuck and moving forward.

When push comes to shove, will you choose to stick or shift when it comes to your career? I, for one, am hoping you’ll shift.

Regina Barr is a nationally recognized authority on women and leadership. Her mission is to educate and empower women to stand tall and take charge of their careers by inspiring them to dream big, take action and make it happen. Regina is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, call 651-453-1007 or visit www.redladder.com, www.theWATTnetwork.com.

Copyright 2011 Regina Barr. 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
  • Five Tips to FIRE UP Your Career and Shift into Overdrive!     
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

03/03/2011 Do you "own" your power? Read Regina's recent blog post to find out.

02/23/2011 Women at the Top® vConference Re-Energize Your Career was mentioned in an article on www.Examiner.com.
(Read Article)

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

April 16th (Minneapolis, MN) Stand Tall & Have It All: 7 Proven Strategies to Skyrocket Your Career!

April 21st (12 noon CDT)
Valuing Yourself: What Are You Really Worth? Many women struggle with assessing their personal compensation and discussing it makes them
uncomfortable. As part of this program, you’ll get clear on what you’re REALLY worth! (Learn More)

April 26th (Minneapolis, MN) Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over

April 28th (12 noon CDT) Author Interview with Carol Frohlinger. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Carol Frohlinger, co-author of Nice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, The Success You've Earned and the Life You Want. Registration required. (Learn More) 

For complete details and information on how to register for our public programs, 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 ...  

Amplify Your Success eBook and Audios: Regina Barr presents Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career! Inspirational speakers cover five key topics including interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability, influencing others and goal achievement in this eBook and Audio program. Learn more or order your copy now. 

Testimonial: Regina, your presentation was absolutely phenomenal and completely exceeded my expectations. You have a talent for connecting with people and bringing a room full of 50+ women together. Thank you again for such a memorable event.”

Susan M. Elling, Business Analyst, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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