October 15, 2008

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 5, Issue 7   October 2008   ISSN 1556-3820

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."  

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and activist

Note From Regina 


Fall is in full splendor and the foliage on the trees is spectacular! I know many of you are caught up in a funk given the trying economic times that we are in. Now is the perfect time to step outside for a brisk walk and enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life. Trust me, you’ll feel better and be glad you did.

In last month’s poll, 38% indicated that the single most important attribute for leadership success is interpersonal skills (relationships, influence, gaining commitment). (See results.).  In the face of the current economic environment, resiliency is one attribute critical for everyone.

What you do to promote your sense of well being will impact not only your outlook but those around you. Take this month’s short poll and let me know what you are doing to maintain your well being.

Want to remain confident during these difficult times? Then be sure to read my feature article, Three Ways to Cultivate Confidence When the Chips Are Down.  

Visit my website, 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 Ways to Cultivate Confidence When the Chips Are Down

In many organizations, when times get tough things suddenly begin to contract en mass – budgets, projects, jobs and communication. Suddenly employees are left to wonder who or what is next? Optimism fades and suddenly confidence overall is down perhaps even yours.

How can you cultivate confidence in these challenging times?  

  1. Focus on the Present.  It’s easy to look back at where you were yesterday or to worry about what the future will bring. Instead, focus on what you need to do to help your organization be successful today. Then do it. Relish the knowledge that you are doing what you can to contribute to your organization’s success.
  2. Be Optimistic. Not everything will work out how you expect it to. That’s okay. Admit any mistakes, listen to others advice and learn from the experience. Then, focus on the positive and move on.
  3. Help Others. Share what you know with others. When you focus on helping someone else by giving them the gift of your time and talent, you will feel more secure in the knowledge that you have something important to contribute. Plus, when you need support others will be more likely to provide it.  

Focusing on what you can control will also go a long way to helping you feel more confident. Try these simple tactics and watch your confidence rise along with those around you. Then, when things begin looking up don’t be surprised if you are one of the few in line for a promotion or new opportunity.          

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 Ways to Cultivate Confidence When the Chips are Down
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

Given the current economy and financial crisis, I do the following to maintain my well being (choose one): 

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr was appointed the Nominations Chair for Financial Women International. In this role, she will provide oversight for Nominations, Board Development and Reorganization of the Association. 

For more information, contact us at  or 

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.)

To learn more: www.redladder.com or

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

"The TeleSeminar – Leading When You're NOT the Boss™ – was very relevant to my current position. Regina outlined some logical concepts and practical solutions to help me lead by example!"

Joline Epple,   
Director of Marketing,
Target Credit Union


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