September 17, 2008

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 5, Issue 5   August 2008   ISSN 1556-3820

"If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going."  

--Chinese Proverb

Note From Regina 


Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Crisp leaves. Cool weather. Colorful crayons. Crayons? Why not? Fall is a great time to color outside of the lines as it relates to your career aspirations and goals. Now might be just the time to re-energize your current position or to look at opportunities that may lie just over the horizon.

In a recent poll, almost 47% of respondents said they would be willing to accept a pay cut for the right position. (See results.) This has huge implications for any organization and that includes yours!

Leadership is a key factor in attracting and retaining employees. Take this month’s short poll and let me know what you think is the single most important attribute for leadership success. Want to improve your productivity? Then be sure to read my feature article, Three Lists Everyone Should Use to Improve Productivity.

Visit my website, www.redladder.com, for more information about our strategic consulting, executive coaching, training and assessment services. You will also find other resources, articles, and tools to help you be more successful in your career. 

Until next month!

Yours in success,

Regina Barr

   Feature Article

Three Lists Everyone Should Use to Improve Productivity

For those of you who may have been coasting this summer, September is a great month to get back on track with your goals. Take time to dust them off and determine what you can reasonably accomplish between now and year-end. Then drill down what tactics will help you accomplish your goals. It’s as simple as that, right? Not really.

If you're like most busy professionals you are probably feeling overwhelmed at best. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I find it helpful to create a series of lists to help me not only feel more organized but ultimately get more done.

  1. Done list. List out your accomplishments to-date. Then, take time to celebrate your successes – both small and large. This will help to create a sense of momentum and give you the energy to accomplish even more.
  2. Discard list. Successful people recognize that they can’t do everything. Make a list of those things that no longer align with your goals. Then, stop doing them. This may include delegating them to someone else or eliminating them altogether.
  3. Do list. Make a list of all the key tasks and activities that need to be accomplished. Then prioritize them in relation to your goals. I use a simple ABC system as follows: A = essential, B = important, C = optional. Use numbers to put them in the order they should be completed in. Here is an example.

Goal: Sign three new clients in the next 30 days.
     A1 Develop prospect list
     A2 Outline talking points
     A3 Make outbound calls 
     B1 Set-up sales tracking software
     C1 Review upgrade for sales tracking
     C2 Create sales brochure

Even if you aren't a list person, taking the time to periodically look at what you’ve done, get rid of things that are no longer important, and identifying what you should be doing now, will help you accomplish more. I guarantee it. Don’t believe me? Try it and see what happens.         

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 Lists Everyone Should Use to Improve Productivity
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

The single most important attribute for leadership success is (choose one): 

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr's book review on Hit the Ground Running by Liz Cornish was featured as an Executive Read in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.  For book information go to 100days.com/products.htm 

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

Speaking Schedule ...

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

December 2008, Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over™, Garden City, NY

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


Resources ...

The Next Wave of Leadership: Finding and Grooming Your Company’s Diamonds in the Rough™ (NEW): Attracting and retaining top talent is a priority across all industries. Competition for talent is increasing at a time when experienced managers will be in short supply as boomers begin to retire.

How you choose to navigate this challenge today will have a long-range impact on your company for many years to come. This hands-on program will provide participants with an action plan for overcoming this challenge.

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.)

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

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

"Regina, not only 'talks the talk,' but 'walks the walk.' She is a lively, vivacious presenter and I recommend her to other audiences."

Barry Miller, Ph.D. 
Manager Alumni Career Programs and Services,
Pace University


Copyright 2008 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. Professional Fitness is a trademark of Red Ladder, Inc.
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