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   Volume 5, Issue 4   July 2008   ISSN 1556-3820

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."  

--Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Note From Regina 


I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Fourth of July! As a patriot, I love that this holiday brings us together as a country like no other. I wish the same could be said about the current state of the economy. Fuel costs are soaring, consumer prices are rising and we have a fall election looming ahead of us. All of these things are bound to have an impact on your attitude and your work environment unless of course you're living on another planet!

What's the result? Budgets are being slashed, projects are being put on hold or eliminated, salary increases are non-existent and hiring freezes have been implemented. What impact is all of this having on your company? Take this month's short poll and let me know what your company's attitude is about the current economy.

Last month's poll focused on your relationship with your boss. (Results.) For ideas for managing a challenging boss, read this month's feature article titled, "Three Tips for Managing a Stressful Relationship with Your Boss."

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

Three Tips for Managing a Stressful Relationship With Your Boss  

Did you know that your relationship with your boss can impact your health and well being?  It's true. In fact, people who are unhappy take an extra 15 sick days each year according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

When asked about job satisfaction, whether bosses were authoritative or collaborative, whether there was openness and trust, and whether individual strengths were recognized, 20% of full time employees nationwide reported working in a negative environment. This adds legitimacy to the statement that we’ve all heard before: people don't leave bad jobs, they leave bad bosses. Compare this to the fact that 93% of managers considered themselves to be excellent or good bosses while only 67% of employees rated their boss favorably. (Source: Hudson).

So what do you do if you are unhappy in your current situation? Before you jump ship consider the following.

1. Talk to your boss. Sound obvious? You bet but you wouldn't believe how many times people have said that when they handed in their resignation, their bosses said,  "I wish I had known you were unhappy. I would have liked the opportunity to try to work things out." Remember, bosses are human too and you don't know what is going on in their work or personal life that may be impacting their relationship with you.

2. Solicit input from other trusted parties. When trying to diagnose an illness it often helps to get a second opinion, right? So take some time and talk to people that you can trust either inside or outside your organization. Sometimes your human resources representative can be of help but keep in mind that he/she is there to protect the best interests of the company including your boss. If there isn't anyone that you feel comfortable talking to, then invest in a coaching relationship. That way you will be assured objective, confidential advice.

3. Consider your options. Would it be possible to leverage your skills and experience by taking another position internally? Often there are many opportunities available that would help get you out of an uncomfortable situation until you figure out your next step. Plus, who knows? Maybe your boss will wind up leaving. If not, then it may be time to put together your resume and network for external opportunities.

As talent becomes scarce and employers take a closer look at the impact that bosses have on employees, the boss-subordinate relationship will likely get a closer look particularly as it relates to productivity and health and well being in the workplace. Until then, by taking these positive actions you will already be well on your way to better health, a better relationship with your boss and who knows, maybe even a better job. What are you waiting for?  

Copyright 2008 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive and founder of Red Ladder, Inc. 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 who holds master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information visit redladder.com.


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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 nineteen 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
  • Three Tips for Managing a Stressful Relationshp with your Boss
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

Which description best describes your company's attitude about the current economy

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness™ :  Need to improve the effectiveness of your key leaders? Want to develop future organizational leaders? This program can be used individually or with a leadership team.

Based on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, participants will develop a framework to improve their leadership capabilities, communication, and team culture. They will also be better equipped to solve problems, manage conflict, implement change and handle stress. (DISC and other assessment formats available.)

For more information, contact us at or 651-453-1007.

Speaking Schedule ...

September 10, 2008, IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Expect the Unexpected: How to Think On Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over™, TeleSeminar

November 12, 2008, IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Inflate Your Success™, TeleSeminar

December 2008, Adelphi University, Your Professional ROI™, Garden City, NY

Interested in having Regina speak at your next event or present a seminar or workshop? Contact us at:


Resources ...

1. Improving Organizational Culture: Want to get a handle on employee attitudes or workplace climate? Use our off-the-shelf survey or customize one to meet the specific needs of your organization.

This information can be an important tool in developing goals and action plans for your company as well as engaging employees.

For more information, contact us at or

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

“Thanks for the wonderful seminar! You did a great job and I certainly learned a lot that I'm starting to apply to my life and work.”

Marlena Keller
Business Development Officer
Sterling State Bank

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