June 15, 2011

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 8, Issue 6   June 2011   ISSN 1556-3820

“When someone says no, ask why. When someone says yes, ask how.”

– Kathy Ireland, celebrity entrepreneur and former Sports Illustrated super model

Note From Regina 


I hope your summer is going smoothly!  It’s a busy time as it seems like there are myriads of graduations and weddings to plan or to celebrate. On top of all that we have to keep up with our professional responsibilities, take care of our families and still look good while we do it. No problem, right? 

This month I thought I’d share what I learned from Kathy Ireland, super model and CEO of a $1.5 billion dollar company, when I saw her speak at a conference last month.  Find out what Kathy had to say in this month’s feature article, Seven Secrets of Career Success I Learned from a Sports Illustrated Super Model.  

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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   Feature Article

Seven Secrets of Career Success I Learned From a Sports Illustrated Super Model.  

If you’ve ever seen a photo of Kathy Ireland, then you’ll know why she’s a woman that we’d all love to hate. But when I heard her story about growing up delivering newspapers and her life-long desire to start a business, I realized that she really is just one of us: another woman working hard to make her way in the business world.

Kathy confessed that after her modeling career ran its course, she struggled to find her niche in business. Some of her early ventures didn’t pan out, but no matter what happened, she never gave up. It wasn’t until she was asked to model socks (yes, that’s right, socks!) that she came up with a business idea that she thought would fly. After crisscrossing the country and sleeping in airports to conserve money, her company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, was open for business. Today, her company is worth over $1.5 billion.

Here are the secrets of success that Kathy shared with us.

1. Discern criticism. Kathy said that in order to succeed in business and in life, you have to turn off the noise of negativity. That’s why she sifts through criticism carefully discerning what is useful and what’s not. I don’t know about you but I like this piece of advice. A lot.

2. Sleep is overrated. Kathy believes that the early bird gets the worm. That means that you have to wake up early and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. While I didn’t get to ask her, I suspect she’d agree that power naps were invented with this in mind.

3. Don’t hesitate. Kathy noted that when opportunity knocks you need to respond quickly. Don’t worry if you’re not completely ready for it. Just show up. That’s why my mantra is this: when opportunity knocks, fling the door open wide and let it come inside!

4. Challenges can be opportunities in disguise. No stranger to failure, Kathy learned to recognize early on that failure is simply another word for education. Keep that in mind the next time that fear of failure rears its ugly head.

5. Have passion for what you do. Kathy has a passion for finding solutions. That’s what helped her to overcome obstacles and build a successful company. Find your passion and you can achieve whatever you set out to do too.

6. Build your success one step at a time. Kathy built her company’s success door by door and store by store. You can build your own success the same way. All it takes is a belief in yourself and that first step.

7. You can have it all, just not all at once. Kathy should know. She’s running a $1.5 billion dollar company while maintaining a happy marriage and raising a family. The key? Sometimes you have to say NO to some good things so you can say YES to some great things.

Kathy was an inspiration to all who saw her speak. Her advice is spot on. The only other thing that I’d add is this. If she can do it, than so can you. Remember the Nike tag line? Just do it!

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.

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Copyright 2011 Regina Barr. All rights reserved.


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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
  • Seven Secrets of Career Success I Learned From a Sports Illustrated Super Model.   
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

05/19/11 Regina Barr interviewed Shaunice Hawkins, author of Passion...Who Needs It?.

06/01/11 Regina talks about your lunch hour and its impact on your executive image in the Miami Herald article, Is Lunch Hour Outdated?

06/08/11 Regina's opinions were featured in the Creston News Advertiser article, Lunch Hour Versus Minute. 

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

June 16th (12 noon CDT) Author Interview with Laura Barclay. During this 45 minute call, Laura Barclay, co-author of The Power of Civility, will discuss the tools you need to boost your social intelligence and build your cultural competence. You will discover YOUR power of civility! FREE to attend. Registration required.  Learn More or Register Now.

June 23rd (12 noon CDT) Think BIG with Regina Barr. During this 60 minute call, Regina will tell you the single most impactful thing you can do to amplify your success in work or life! She will discuss five steps to help you THINK BIG, and two common mindsets you need to eliminate from your thinking right now. (Learn More ) Members attend at No Charge. Guests attend for just $29. (Register Now)

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.

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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. 

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