April 27, 2010

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 7, Issue 4   April 2010   ISSN 1556-3820

"Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides." 

– Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister

Note From Regina 


I can hardly believe that April is almost behind us. The first four months of the year have been truly amazing. Have they been amazing for you too?

In looking back, here are some of the quick successes that come to mind for me: membership in the WATT™ Network is growing, we hosted the successful Amplify Your Success Virtual Leadership Conference and a successful Career Building Strategies seminar (almost 200 women across the country participated in both events), we kicked off the six-week coaching program Skyrocket Your Career, hosted three author interviews, conducted a half dozen laser coaching sessions for members-only, and facilitated the seminar Up Is NOT the Only Way. All I can say is WOW!

I sure hope you were able to participate in at least some of these programs, many of which were offered FR*EE! If you weren’t able to participate, consider a membership in the WATT™ Network and you can access the audios and materials for many of these programs as part of your membership package. Learn more here.

Now I can’t take all the credit. I would be remiss if I didn’t give recognition and a big thank you to my support person, Trudy Johnson. Seriously, I could not have done all of this if it hadn’t been for her. So, thank you Trudy!

Our re-branding efforts are still underway. The government trademark office is behind schedule (almost 60 days, darn!) and that has created some unplanned delays on our end. Can you relate?

Not to worry though. We continue to move forward with all of the great programs and offerings that we have. Of course we can’t wait to roll-out the new brand and we’ll do that just as soon as we can. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of our new logo.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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

P.S. What are you up to this year? What issues and challenges are you facing? Send me an email at . I’d love to hear from you even if it's just to say hello!

   Feature Article

Feature Article: Eight Competencies to Develop Now to Maximize Your Leadership Success

Seventy-eight million boomer retirements will create a gap or void in leadership in the next 5-10 years. Some of you or the leaders in your company might be saying, “Oh my!” What do I say? “Woo hoo!”

From my perspective, women now have an amazing opportunity to stand tall and take charge – literally! And, while the recession may have delayed the impact of retirees it certainly has not eliminated the pending leadership gap. Although many companies have tabled this issue due to more urgent economic issues, it’s an issue that most organizations will be grappling with in due time.

So what can you do to put yourself in the path of the opportunities that may be coming your way? Here are the key competencies that have been ranked most critical for leaders in the coming years.

  1. Communication. We all think we’re experts here but if the studies are right, then business professionals need a lot of work in this arena. Communication is your ability to express yourself clearly and to listen to others effectively. And, the studies are showing that this is a critical problem particularly with higher work loads and more electronic communication. Remember, it’s all about building relationships to get the job done. The key to communication? Listen, listen, listen!
  2. Problem solving & decision making. This is your ability to analyze a situation, identify alternative solutions and make appropriate decisions. Now, if decisions that some of the “too big too fail” companies made are any indication of what’s going on in companies today, then this competency obviously needs some work on everyone’s part. And for women, there’s always the issue that studies show that our collaborative, relational approach to problem solving and decision making can make us appear indecisive and unsure of ourselves. So, it’s up to us to develop this competency and change those perceptions.
  3. Personal integrity. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Yet you’d be surprised at how many do not operate with personal integrity. What's this? It’s your ability to gain the trust and confidence of others by interacting in a fair and honest manner. If you’re not sure how important this one might be, simply look at some of the issues that the U.S. Government is currently facing. Transparency is critical or we may fall victim to erroneous perceptions. Let’s not be victims!
  4. Vision. This one is somewhat overdone and feels almost trite, but your ability to create and describe an ideal state or condition and align others toward its accomplishment is critical to your success as a leader. On the surface it sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Think again. It truly is an art to align others behind your vision. Here’s something to consider. Inspiration is an external condition and motivation is an internal condition. Your job as a leader is to inspire people so that they become motivated to act. Now think of those individuals you work with who frustrate you and get in the way of accomplishing your goals. Then think about your ability to promote your vision. Now ask yourself, does this competency need work?
  5. Planning & goal setting. Simply put, this is your ability to plan and organize work, and set realistic, measurable objectives for a work unit or a project. If you hope to be successful, then you need to be able to figure out how to get things done and in such a way that you can get and measure the results that are most important to your organization. 
  6. Initiative & risk taking. This is one of my favorites. This is your ability to demonstrate individual drive and accept responsibility for your actions. This is one area that we as women need to do a better job. What do I mean by that, you say? Don’t get all bunged up on me. What I mean, specifically, is raising our hands when opportunities present themselves and taking more risks. As women we tend to play it safe and stay way inside the box on the playing field. What we need to do is really stretch ourselves and push the limits and make that box bulge or break.
  7. Quality results. It’s all about the bottom line in most business environments today, isn’t it? That's why your ability to produce high quality work consistently over time is critical. With increased demands and more work with fewer resources, this is a challenge for many leaders today and a source of frustration and stress. Remember, delegate tasks whenever possible but keep in mind that it’s still your responsibility to make sure that things get done. In addition, don’t be a perfectionist all the time. Use “GEPO” when getting things done. Ask yourself, is this good enough (GE)? If it is, then press on (PO)!
  8. Team work. This is your ability to work effectively with others to achieve a common goal. On the one hand, women are well suited to team work because we tend to bring a more relational style to our work activities. On the other hand, where we sometimes run into challenges is when it comes to delegating work. Doesn’t it seem like when someone else drops the ball that we are always the one picking it up? As you climb the corporate ladder your job is to get things done through others. That can be a big change for women who are used to doing it all themselves.

What’s the key challenge leader’s face when it comes to all of these competencies? You need to be competent in all eight of them, or have a plan to mitigate those areas where you are less competent.

What can you do today to position yourself for future success? Determine where you have strengths and where you have opportunities for improvement. Then pick one and start there. What are you waiting for?

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive. She is the  founder and CEO of Red Ladder, Inc. and founder of 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.
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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
  • Eight Competencies to Develop Now to Maximize Your Success
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

04/23/10 Is your education worth less than a man's? Read Regina's recent blog post and find out.

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

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

April 30, 2010 (3:30 pm CDT), The Art of Self Promotion, Minnesota Business Women, Brooklyn Center, MN.

May 20, 2010 (12 noon CDT), Women at the Top™ Network, Interview with Angela O'Mara, author of Lipstick. Laptops. Life., 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 ...  

Lipstick. Laptops. Life.: The Rise And Fall, And Rise Again, Of A Modern Day Business Woman.: Poignant, wise and witty, Lipstick, Laptops, Life tells the tale of Angela’s determination to bring her company and herself back to the top, after finding herself at the helm of a sinking ship during the worst global economic recession in history. On her journey, she calls on parts of herself that were lost along the way. Through this self-realization, she uncovers seven modern-day feminine business archetypes that guide her down her new road to success.

Amplify Your Success eBook and Audios: Regina Barr presents Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career. The eBook and Audios provide practical tips and advice that you can apply to your career immediately. These inspirational speakers cover five key topics including interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability, influencing others and goal achievement. Learn more or order your copy now.


What an outstanding group of inspirational speakers! I took away so much information from the Amplify Your Success conference that I can apply immediately in my career.”

Cindy Haas, Vice President, Gateway Bank/ WATT™ Network, Founding Member

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