May 12, 2010

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 7, Issue 5   May 2010   ISSN 1556-3820
“If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

– Daniel Goleman, Author, Emotional Intelligence and Working with Emotional Intelligence

Note From Regina 


I hope your month is off to a fabulous start! As I’m writing this newsletter we are experiencing rainy, cold weather (40s). It’s a little hard to handle after an earlier than normal spring with unusually warm weather. But that doesn’t stop me from getting outside and walking the dog – rain coat, umbrella, worms and all!Earlier this month many communities celebrated May Day (think flowers and maypoles). Based on the phone calls I’ve been receiving, I know some of you weren’t celebrating but instead were crying: Mayday! (Mayday is the universal distress signal.)

I know many of you are feeling put upon these days and maybe even a bit pushed around by your companies. With the slow economic recovery and lack of job growth, many of you feel like you don’t have many options right now.

If you are feeling stalled or frustrated in your career, you are probably asking yourself: who’s in my corner? That’s where a good network comes in. In fact, it’s the number one career building strategy for women.

That’s why I hope you’ll consider the Women at the Top™ Network. Join today for only $137. Plus, be one of the first 25 women to join by June 30, 2010, and receive the Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career eBook & Audios - my special gift to you just for joining!

Want to learn more about another key factor in your career success? Then be sure to read this month’s feature article: Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for Workplace Effectiveness.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

Web: redladder.com
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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

Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for Workplace Effectiveness

No matter where you are in your career, no matter what industry you work in, no matter if you are a professional in a suit or a golfer in cleats, everyone is striving for superior performance. We all want to perform well and at our peak. At the cornerstone of superior performance is good decision-making. And that’s where your emotional intelligence (EQ) comes in.

Here are some common questions and answers about EQ.

  1. What is it? EQ is your ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate high levels of collaboration and productivity. It is the foundational competency every leader needs to grow. Those of you who learn to effectively manage and leverage your EQ will be able to exponentially increase your performance independent of your IQ and your technical skills.
  2. Why is it so important? Your EQ is important because it helps you leverage your awareness of emotions for effectiveness in the workplace. I like to refer to EQ as the rocket fuel for your career.  In fact, EQ has sometimes been referred to as the missing link when it comes to leadership development and leadership effectiveness. So, it’s pretty powerful.
  3. How does it work? In its simplest form you will notice that emotions precede actions. So, when you’re happy, you smile. When you’re sad, you frown. It’s not the other way around. You don’t smile and then become happy. You don’t frown and then become unhappy. So, a focus on improving only your actions is useless unless you couple it with improving your EQ because at the end of the day, it’s your emotional intelligence that drives your actions.

Here’s the best news about EQ. It's one of the strongest leadership skills that women possess. And, EQ contributes more to leadership success than IQ. So for once, women have a jumpstart on their male counterpart!

If you hope to be able to deal more effectively with change and become more flexible and adaptable, then you will need to develop your emotional intelligence in order to develop and grow your own potential. What are you waiting for?

Note: if you’re interested in exploring or developing your EQ through an assessment, please contact us at or 651-453-1007. We’re here to help!

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
  • Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for Workplace Effectiveness
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

THE WatT™ Network

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What's New ...

04/29/10 Do you know what the #1 career building strategy is for women?

05/07/10 Are you paddling your own canoe?

To learn more, read Regina's blog posts.

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

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

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

June 8, 2010 (12 noon CDT), Dial Up Your Leadership: Networking for Success: How to Work a Room and Live to Talk About It!, Women at the Top™, 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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