September 23, 2009

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 6, Issue 9   September 2009   ISSN 1556-3820
"There are risks and costs to a program of inaction. But they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
– John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States

Note From Regina 


September rode in on a wave of warm weather here in Minnesota. So the summer that never was has become a fall extraordinaire. All I can say is YES!

Media pundits are saying that the recovery is starting to build slowly despite the continued loss of jobs. If you have been in self imposed limbo, now might be a good time to shake yourself off and start getting back in the game.

In a Red Ladder survey, only 50% of respondents said that they wake up easily and feel excited about the day ahead; 50% of respondents felt that they were doing their best work and living up to their full potential; and 63% of respondents indicated that they would like to pursue new interests but often procrastinate or feel paralyzed, and thus, do nothing. Doesn’t that make you feel sad?

I hope this month’s feature article, Working with Passion, will help you re-ignite your passion.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

Web: redladder.com
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/reginabarr

P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me how you feel about your current job. 

   Feature Article

Working with Passion

When’s the last time that you told someone that you're passionate about your work? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t even associate the word passion with your job at all.

So, what is passion? According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, passion can be defined as an object of desire or deep interest, or an intense emotion compelling action. You know when you see someone that has passion for what they are doing. They typically exhibit high energy and the ability to put 100% focus on moving something forward no matter what the obstacles are. You know who these people are. Their energy is contagious and most of us are attracted to them like moths to a spotlight because we’d like even a small part of the energy that they exude in the world.

For me, passion is about doing work that resonates with my core values and is aligned with my mission in life. I want to help other women (and men) successfully navigate corporate challenges and be successful in their careers. This passion plays out in numerous ways in my work as a consultant, project manager and coach to organizations of all sizes and, as a seminar leader and keynote speaker.

I recently met a woman at an author event. The topic was on earning what you’re worth, an area that I not only feel passionate about but am knowledgeable about as well. One of the keys to earning what you’re worth is doing something that you have passion for.

This young woman seemed very discouraged and de-energized with her work at a large medical company. It was clear she had no passion for what she was doing. When I asked her about what she had passion for, she was able to articulate it immediately and with much energy. However, she then proceeded to tell me that she didn’t see anyway to tie that passion to a job. With the limited information that she shared, I rattled off several ideas and contacts for her to explore.

Before parting ways, we exchanged business cards. When I went home that night, I wrote a quick inspirational note and mailed it off to her the next day. Below is an excerpt from an email she sent me in response.

"It was such a delight to get your letter in the mail! It really made my day and kept the momentum going, that I really do need to pursue my dreams instead of just being willing to accept any position in the company. I had written about you in my journal the night we met - your energy and confidence really made an impression on me and I wrote about how I wanted to really feel and exhibit those qualities. Then I got your note - what a joy to have another touch point."

The magic about working with passion is that it usually only takes a small belief in yourself to start making things happen. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  1. What is your passion inviting you to do?
  2. What would your life be like if you were able to incorporate some aspect of your passion into your work life every day?
  3. How would working with your passion benefit you? Your company?
  4. What obstacles are standing in your way?
  5. What is one small step you could take to move  forward and begin working with your passion today?

In the words of author H. Jackson Browne, "Find a job you like and you add five days to every week." The only way I know how to do that is to work with passion. So, what are you waiting for?

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 with 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
  • Working with Passion
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

How I feel about my current job . . .

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

08/13/09 Regina Barr's article, Personal Visibility: How to Take Charge and Create Buzz for Yourself or Your Business, was featured on The Pretty Woman website.

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

October 4, 2009 (2:00 p.m. PST), 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?TM, TeleSeminar

November 20, 2009 (12 noon CST), IABC MN Self Employed Network, Reinventing Your Business: What Every Business Owner Needs to KnowTM, Seminar, St. Louis Park, MN

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 ...  

Creating Passion at Work: this short video showcases an interview with David Jones, author of Passion Works: Your Guide to Passion in the Modern Workplace

The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary: this parable written by Mark Sanborn is about how passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into extraordinary.


“Regina, it’s great having a trusted professional like you in my corner. Thanks for being proactive and driving our project to a successful conclusion. That’s the kind of help I need.” 

– Reid Evenson, President & CEO, Tradition Capital Bank

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

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