July 22, 2009

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 6, Issue 7   July 2009   ISSN 1556-3820

“Be mindful of the link between action and outcome. Ask yourself: ‘If I repeat today’s action 365 times, will I be where I want to be in a year?’ ”

Roz Savage, Ocean Rower

Note From Regina 


Summer is in full swing and as much as it is hard to believe, the year is half over. I’m just back from a fabulous, relaxing vacation and I have to be honest, it would be so easy for me to let the 'dog days of summer' take over. I’d love to kick back, lie on the hammock with an iced tea and a great book, and fall victim to the hazy, lazy days of summer. Who wouldn’t, right?!!

But don’t be a victim! Like me, I know you’ve got big goals and dreams that you are trying to achieve. July is a great month to look back over the first six months of the year and see if you are on track to meet your goals. If not, now’s the time to re-evaluate your plan, make adjustments, and move forward so that you can finish the year off with a bang. Think big here, like a Fourth of July fireworks display!!

On a different note, there are a couple of new ways that you can connect with me. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/reginabarr or join my network on www.linkedin.com/in/reginabarr.

Since I’m in a reflective mode this month, I thought I would share some of my blog posts and tweets over the past six months. So be sure to read this month’s feature article, Nine Nuggets from My Recent Blog Posts and Tweets to Inspire Your Success.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what your preferred way of communicating is when you can’t see someone in person or reach them by telephone.

   Feature Article

Nine Nuggets from My Recent Blog Posts and Tweets to Inspire Your Success

When I attend networking events, participate in seminars, read newsletters and other periodicals, I always feel that my time has been well spent if I take away just one new idea that I can implement immediately or that pushes me to think outside my comfort zone. Maybe you are shaking your head and saying my expectations are too low but I have come to learn that as with most things, it is quality not quantity that matters most. This month I’d like to share some of my pithier blog posts and tweets. My hope is that you’ll find at least one nugget that will help you be more successful.

I’ve been Blogging regularly for over three years, most recently as a featured coach for the Women at the Top blog. For this particular blog format, I’m limited to only 50 words. Looking back at my Blog posts from the past six months, here are a few that I think merit repeating.

  • Say no to busy work. Want to thrive in today’s business environment? Focus on prudent activities versus busy work. Prudent activities are those that move your organization forward. Busy work is the stuff that crops up, clutters your mind and time, and stands in the way of achieving significant goals. Say no to busy work.
  • Speak less to be heard more. We’ve all heard that women use more words then men. Men use a modest 7,000 compared to 20,000 for women. In a ‘bottom line it’ world, it’s important to remember our words have equity. The more you use the less equity they have. How much equity do your communications have?
  • Raise your credibility by taking responsibility. Want to raise your credibility factor? Jim Collins (author, Good to Great) notes that Level 5 Leaders look outside themselves when something goes well and look at themselves when something goes wrong. Stop the blame game and admit your accountability. Then, accept responsibility to work on or influence the solution.
  • Get out of your own way to achieve your goals. If you could waive a realistic magic wand, where would you like to be in six months? What challenges are getting in your way? How are they impacting you and other areas of your life? Write down what you can do to move yourself forward. Find someone to hold you accountable. Then, make it happen. Only you are standing in your own way.

Twitter is a form of micro-blogging. Tweets are restricted to 140 characters (not words!) so it can be even more challenging to get a coherent thought out. Here are just a few of My Tweets for you to consider.

  • When will organizations learn fresh thinking is required to spiral up ROI? Same old, same old will get you to the same place: no where fast.
  • Planning my work and working my plan. The key: focus only on those items with "legs" i.e. those with impact on more than one core goal.
  • Taking a moment to appreciate my accomplishments today both small and large. It's all about moving the dial not how quickly it spins.
  • Mapping out my day. Without a map it is easy to get sidetracked. Remember, energy flows where attention goes. Where is your attention?
  • Just finished a meeting. Reminded group: sometimes ‘done’ is better than ‘perfect.’ Don't allow fear to paralyze action. Good enough press on. Yes!

I believe that if we touch even one person in our lifetime then we will have made a difference in the world. If my musings resonate with only one of you, then my mission will have been accomplished. Who are you touching today?

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 www.redladder.com or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2004-2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
All rights reserved.

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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
  • Nine Nuggets from My Recent Blog Posts and Tweets to Inspire Your Success 
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

What is your preferred way of communicating when
you …

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

Regina was on vacation this month!

Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs  ...

September 9, 2009 (8 am CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Time Management for the Time Pressed™, TeleSeminar

October 2009, FWI Annual Conference, Hit the Ground Running™, Workshop, Newport Beach, CA

November 11, 2009 (12 noon CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Pricing Integrity and Personal Value: What Are You Really Worth?, TeleSeminar

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 ...  

Are You Driving Your Boss Crazy?: In the new career economy layoffs are common and new jobs are scarce. Staying on your boss’ good side is more important than ever. This article outlines eight behaviors bosses hate.

Decisions Shape Destiny: In this short inspirational video, Tony Robbins discusses how decisions shape our destiny. My favorite line is, “Life is not about resources, it's about resourcefulness.”


“Regina, your personal coaching and constructive feedback helped put my career back on track here at the bank! Thanks for your guidance and support.”

– Elsa Monte, Vice President, Community Development, California Bank & Trust

Copyright 2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
All rights reserved.

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