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Volume 4, Issue 3   May/June 2007   ISSN 1556-3820
"I have seen the enemy and he is us." 
--  Pogo
   Note From Regina

Greetings! I hope this note finds you well as we are making the transition into the warm summer months.

Spring is often a creative time and I have spent the past few months working on some new products and services. Like you, I only have 24 hours in any day and 7 days in any week so I had to make some choices. That's why I decided to shift my newsletter to a bi-monthly distribution back in March. This enabled me and my team to free up some creative time. (You will see the fruits of my efforts when I introduce these new products and services come early fall.)

We are two-thirds of the way through second quarter. Some of my clients are telling me that they are already feeling overwhelmed at work and in life. Given the choice, what you would choose if your employer gave you the choice of more money, more PTO, a flexible schedule or the ability to work from home? Be sure to take this month's short poll and let me know.

Summer is a great time to re-charge and to seek balance so that we are more aligned with our personal values and goals. If this sounds good to you then you won't want to miss this months feature article, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World!

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

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World  

Imagine for a moment this scenario. Your life is like a smooth running machine. You have plenty of time to do all of the important things: eat breakfast, take the kids to school, arrive at work on time, prepare for all of your meetings and appointments, enjoy a leisurely lunch with your best client or a top performing employee, close a deal, leave work on time, pick the kids up from school, work out, make dinner, relax with the kids, spend time with your spouse or significant other, go to bed and sleep soundly.

If this is your routine, day-in and day-out, then you're not in Kansas City anymore Dorothy, and in fact, you may now be living in the town of Stepford (remember the movie, The Stepford Wives?) and I beseech you to get out fast! And, in case you might think otherwise, this goes for not only women but men too.

Since most of us aren't robots, we may experience a smooth running day like the one described above on occasion, but the likelihood that we experience this on a daily basis is slim to none for most of us. However, it is possible to find balance in an unbalanced world if we can accept the notion that balance is not static but rather a dynamic concept. It requires the ability to make choices and shift priorities daily so that they align with your values and goals.

The key to finding balance is to take the time to clearly define your values, personal goals, and your definition of success. It also helps to understand what your key motivators are and how these manifest themselves in your daily life. You can do this on your own but don't be afraid to seek the help of a coach if you need help defining your goals or understanding your key motivators.

Once you have your foundation laid, then the fun really begins because the universe has a funny way of challenging us. Here are a few tactics to help you stay the course and enjoy balance on your terms.

1. Set clear boundaries. One of my clients works late and accepts calls at home in the evening during the week but he has made it clear that he does not work on weekends. Weekends are for his family. Period. His staff and vendors honor this and his family appreciates knowing they will have his undivided attention come Saturday and Sunday. This provides a balance between work and family for him.

2. Be flexible on means. A speaker I heard recently indicated that it is important to her to be involved with her children and to attend their important events. She also has a desire to eat healthfully on a daily basis. One day this might mean eating a home cooked meal with her family before heading to a school event. Another day it might mean eating a health bar and some string cheese in the car on the way. Because she is flexible on the means, she is able to achieve the balance that is important to her.

3. Get comfortable saying no. Sometimes it is hard to decline a request to attend an event or serve on a committee. Be sure to evaluate every opportunity using your values, goals and definition of success as a filter. If something doesn’t fit these screening criteria, say no. This makes it possible to say yes to the things that are important to you.

Sounds simple, right? Maybe but I think you will be amazed at how challenging adhering to these three simple tactics can be. Remember, finding balance in an unbalanced world is possible. With the right attitude and focus it could even happen to you.

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
  • Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

If my employer gave me a choice, I would rather have...

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr quoted in Washington CEO article, Women Find a Friendly Environment in Banking 


Regina Barr quoted in Saint Paul Pioneer Press article, Money question?  Ask mom...Children learn more about finances from their mothers than their fathers.


Regina Barr quoted in Meetings, Minnesota's Hospitality Journal article:  Meeting Manners Mom Never Taught You
Regina Barr quoted in San Diego Business Journal article, Banks Find Executive Talent Thinning as Baby Boomers Hit Retirement


Red Ladder completes Community Banking Leadership Gap Study.  For a copy of the Summary Report, email:  and put TLG Summary Report in the subject line.


Regina Barr's book review on the New Recruit by Sarah Sladek was featured as an Executive Read in the Saint Paul Pioneer PressFor more information on the book go to http://www.limelight-associations.com/  

Speaking Schedule ...

Regina currently has no public speaking venues.  Contact us at:  for information if you are interested in having Regina speak to your organization. 


Resources ...

1. Three Strategies for Putting Balance Back into Your Work Life  by Regina Barr.  This article provides some statistics and practical tips for using technology as a tool to help create balance in your work life. 

2.  Devotions for Working Women - A Daily Inspiration to Live a Successful and Balanced Life  by Marcia Malzahn.  As a successful working mother herself, Marcia shares her secrets for living a balanced and successful life.  By acting on her twelve powerful subjects, you can start seeing results today. 

What Our Clients are Saying ...

I worked with Regina during a significant career move within the professional services industry and, with her guidance, I was able to smoothly transition into a new management position. I found that 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 2006 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. All rights reserved.
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