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   Volume 5, Issue 5   August 2008   ISSN 1556-3820

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."  

--Winston Churchill

Note From Regina 


It's hard to believe that summer is officially on its way out and September will be upon us before we know it. Already the days are getting shorter, which is particularly noticeable for those of us living in northern climates and who have dog walking responsibilities like I do!

If you haven't taken time to rest and rejuvenate, then hurry and schedule some time out of the office now before the warm days of summer are behind us. Even a long weekend would be beneficial for those of you who feel you just can't take time out of the office right now. You might be amazed at how a short respite will help you feel more energized and - dare I say it? - excited about your work.

A number of my clients have indicated that they are just biding time and waiting for the economy to right itself before looking for a new opportunity. If you don't feel anything would get you excited about your current job and you are looking for new opportunities, then take this month’s short poll and let me know if you would be willing to take a pay cut for the right position.

Last month's poll focused on your company's attitude about the current economy. (Results)  For ideas on how to stay positive in a down business environment, read this month's feature article titled, "Three Tips for Staying Positive in a Negative Business Environment."

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.

Until next month!

Yours in success,

Regina Barr

   Feature Article

Three Tips for Staying Positive in a Negative Business Environment   

Unless you've been living in a closet, you know that fuel costs are soaring, consumer prices are rising, and a fall election is looming ahead of us. On the work front, budgets are being slashed, projects are being put on hold or eliminated, salary increases are non-existent and hiring freezes have been implemented.

If that doesn't cause you to either run screaming or to want to bury your head in the ground, then read no further. However, if you are like most people, all of these things are bound to have an impact on your attitude and your work environment.

Keep in mind that you have the ability to create your own reality. Just because many of the business and news pundits keep forecasting more doom and gloom doesn’t mean you have to buy into it.

So how do you stay positive when everything around you is conspiring to pull you down? Consider the following.

1. Surround yourself with positive people. Remember the saying, birds of a feather flock together? This is a great time to put that adage to work for you. Make an effort to stay away from work colleagues that are consistently negative. Instead, seek out those individuals that are working to make a positive contribution.

2. Look for the silver lining. While everyone else is busy singing the "woe is me" blues, focus on what you can do that will position you for success when the market starts to turn. Sales down? Then spend time developing deeper relationships with existing clients. Project canceled? Then take time to clean up and finish those smaller projects that no one wants to do. You get the drill.

3. Adopt an attitude of gratitude. This does not mean being a Pollyanna. It does mean finding something to be grateful about everyday. Try this. Start or end your day by finding three things that you feel grateful for. It can be as simple as a hot shower, a nutritious dinner and a soft bed. In time, you will be amazed at how many things you really do have to be grateful for and the impact this simple practice can have on your overall attitude.

No one can predict what will happen with the economy or the impact it will have on your work environment. Likewise, no one can choose your reaction and whether you will adopt a positive or negative attitude. Only you can choose to adopt a positive attitude no matter what the situation.

Remember, attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?  

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 Staying Positive in a Negative Business Environment
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

For the right position, I would (choose one): 

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

July 22, 2008
Regina Barr was quoted in the Finance & Commerce article, The St. Paul-based Bank Cherokee looks for new niche markets.  

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.  Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness™ (NEW): 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.)  

2.  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.

Contact us at or 651-453-1007 to learn more.  

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

"The TeleSeminar was very interesting! The topic of Negotiating Successfully™ was a real great reminder of what to do, how to keep your self out there, and get what is needed."

Cindy Schmieg
Capira Marketing Communications


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