September 28, 2010

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 7, Issue 9   September 2010   ISSN 1556-3820

“Just stick with it and don’t be deterred by some bumps in the road.”

– Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Note From Regina 


Where has September gone? I’ve been charging full steam ahead and I’m not quite ready to let September go. How about you?

Last week I hosted a great teleseminar, Stand Tall & Have it All. Missed it? Then get the audio here.

What’s next? Find out what pitfalls may be grounding your career (or worse!) in my 90 minute Failure to Launch virtual workshop tomorrow, 9/29 at 12 noon. Learn more or register now.

Next week I’ll be kicking off the new & improved, Skyrocket Your Career: From Countdown to Launch in 7 Weeks.  If you missed out last spring, not to worry because this is your chance! The program is designed to get you re-energized about your career so you can go from 'blah to hurrah' in seven short weeks. This is a great program to close out 2010 and get ready to hit the ground running in 2011.

And, as if all the above weren’t enough, we’ve got an Author Interview (10/14) and a Women at the Top® Virtual Panel Program (10/26) coming up. So save the dates!

Want to be more influential at work? Then read this month’s feature article, Influence Strategies: Leading When You’re NOT the Boss!

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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

P.S. What are you up to this year? What issues and challenges are you facing? Send me an email at . I’d love to hear from you even if it's just to say hello!

   Feature Article

Influence Strategies - Leading When You're NOT the Boss!

As a consultant and executive coach, the leaders that I find that are most in demand today are those that can motivate and engage employees that are outside of the scope of their functional responsibilities. The same holds true for the non-profit organizations I work with.

What make these leaders effective? Leaders who are effective in leading others -- particularly when they are not in a boss / subordinate relationship -- typically exhibit the following behaviors:

  1. They are ethical in their actions. They are clear about their values, goals, and expectations. They do what they say they will. They are willing to admit to mistakes.
  2. They are well connected. They know where to go for information, both inside and outside of their organization, and they are willing to share information.
  3. They are good collaborators. Rather than tell people what to do, they ask people for their ideas. They offer ideas as part of a broader solution. They model or demonstrate the behaviors they would like to see.
  4. They use personal influence effectively. They get people to do things for them because they want to, not because they have to. They are not controlling, manipulative or impatient. They relate with people on a personal level and help bring the vision alive for them.
  5. They understand how to manage conflict. They look beneath the conflict to identify solutions. They know when and how to utilize various approaches when resolving conflict.
  6. They learn from experience. They continually examine outcomes – both good and bad. They place a high value on lessons learned and quickly utilize these learnings to make adjustments as appropriate.
  7. They provide feedback. They coach people both formally and informally and view this as a natural part of any relationship or process.

People exhibiting these behaviors are able to create an environment of trust and an environment where people feel connected to their work. As organizational hierarchies continue to flatten out and as leaders continue to have increased span of control, success in leading others where you do not have direct authority or power over them, will become critical.

John F. Kennedy once said, "It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won." Those who exhibit the behaviors outlined above will be well positioned to handle these new problems and opportunities. Those who master them, will be well positioned for success. How will you be positioned?

Regina Barr is a former marketing executive. She is the  founder and CEO of Red Ladder, Inc. and founder of the Women at the Top® Network. 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, www.theWATTnetwork.com, or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2010 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
  • Got Goals? Five Easy Steps to Get Unstuck and Moving forward
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

09/07/10 Regina Barr selected as a 2010 Top Woman in Finance by Finance & Commerce newspaper. As a two-time honoree, Regina is an inaugural member of the Circle of Excellence. Learn more at Finance & Commerce. (Note: if you’d like to attend and join Regina at her Women at the Top® table, please email us at and we’ll send you the details.)

09/28/10 Are you Investing in Your Career? Read Regina's recent blog post and find out what she did when her company wouldn't invest in her!

Here are upcoming programs featuring or hosted by Regina Barr ...

For complete details and information on how to register, visit our Schedule of Events.

09/29/10 (12 Noon) Failure to Launch: 5 Common Pitfalls that Could Ground Your Career – or Worse!, Women at the Top® Network, teleseminar

10/06/10 (12 noon) Skyrocket Your Career: Countdown to Launch in 7 Weeks, Women at the Top®, teleseminar

10/14/10 (12 noon) Interview with Libby Gill, author of You Unstuck, Women at the Top® Network, teleseminar

10/18/10 (11 am) Influence Strategies: Leading When You’re NOT the Boss, Minnesota Society of Association Executives, Walker, MN

10/26/10 (12 noon) Women at the Top® Virtual Panel featuring three successful women at the top of their careers, 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 ...  

Stand Tall & Have It All: 7 Proven Strategies to Skyrocket Your Career Audio: Regina Barr presents 7 powerful success strategies and 5 critical skills for tomorrow’s leaders. This F-R-E-E audio will inspire you to stand tall and take charge of your career. Request a copy.

Amplify Your Success eBook and Audios: Regina Barr presents Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career. The eBook and Audios provide practical tips and advice that you can apply to your career immediately. These inspirational speakers cover five key topics including interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability, influencing others and goal achieve-ment. Learn more or order your copy now.


What an outstanding group of inspirational speakers! I took away so much information from the Amplify Your Success conference that I can apply immediately in my career.”

Cindy Haas, Vice President, Gateway Bank/ WATT™ Network, Founding Member

Copyright 2010 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
Women at the Top and WATT are trademarks of Red Ladder, Inc. 
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