October 21, 2009

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 6, Issue 10   October 2009   ISSN 1556-3820

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

– Coco Chanel

Note From Regina 


Fall is here in all its glory and I hope that you are taking time out to enjoy the season. On a recent drive to our cabin just outside of Winter, Wisconsin, I was amazed at the foliage that we observed as we drove down what I dubbed the “corridor of color.” The view on either side of the car was simply spectacular. If only I’d had my camera!

In a recent poll, I asked you what your attitude was about work as it relates to the fourth quarter. Here’s what you said: 58% of you were more optimistic, almost 17% were less optimistic and 25% were indifferent.

Kudos to those of you who were feeling more optimistic! Perhaps you can help motivate others around you. If you fell in the “less optimistic or indifferent” category, I’m worried about you. Studies have shown that your mental outlook can have a big effect on your physical health which then impacts every other area of your life. I hope you will read this month’s feature article, Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment, for ideas for how you can shift your attitude. It could not only change your life but improve your health.

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what kind of service your company is providing for your customers.

   Feature Article

Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment

I once asked my uncle if he minded getting older. He said, “Age is a state of mind over matter, if you don’t mind it then it doesn’t matter.” What did he do with this simple statement? He not only reframed his vision about age but changed his perspective and attitude as well. In this way, he could appreciate something that he might otherwise have perceived as negative.

Consider for a moment what your experience or the experience of your employees might be like if each of you reframed the vision you hold about work. What would your experience be like if you made some minor tweaks and adjustments to both your attitude and perspective?

Here are a couple of ideas to help you reframe your vision about work.

  1. Be the most optimistic person you know. Instead of finding fault, find what is right about the work that you, your team or company are trying to accomplish. Be positive and encourage others to do the same. You’ll be amazed at the change this will have on you and your work environment.
  2. Always assume positive intent. As the pace of the work environment has picked up and as we are all doing more with less, sometimes others say and do things that frustrate, offend or even upset us. Next time you get a memo, phone message or email that makes you want to scream, take a deep breath and assume that the other person’s intent was a positive one. Ninety-nine percent of the time this will be the case.
  3. Embrace the golden rule. We’ve all heard this one before right? That is, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Makes sense in your personal life and works in business too. So next time someone does something that ticks you off, take a step back and try to react in a way that you would have liked that person to respond to you in the first place. You might just be pleasantly surprised.
  4. Act “as if.” That is, act “as if” your job was the best job on the planet. Then deliver your work with the passion that you would if it were indeed your dream job. Guess what? You might find that it actually does become your dream job. If it doesn’t, don’t worry. It is likely that just by your actions you have probably put yourself in a better position of finding your dream job.
  5. Assume responsibility for your actions and reactions. Responsibility can be broken down into two words: response and ability. Only you have the ability to control your response to any situation. Next time something doesn’t quite go your way, respond as if it had. See what happens.

So as you move into the final months of 2009, try to reframe your thinking about work. After all, work truly can be a state of mind over matter, change your mind and work may just matter in a whole new way. 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.
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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
  • Reframe Your Attitude and Create a More Positive Work Environment
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

In the past few months I’ve noticed that the level of service …

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

10/01/09 Red Ladder, Inc. acquired the rights to the Women at the Top™ study and blog. Learn more about the new direction of WATT™ or sign-up to receive the weekly blog. Click here to learn more about the 2009 WATT™ Study.

10/04/09 Red Ladder, Inc. received Financial Women International’s 2009 Partner in Success Award. Regina Barr accepted the award at FWI’s 87th Annual Conference held in Newport Beach, California.

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

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 ...  

How Full is Your Bucket? Written by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, this book is a quick, but worthwhile read. The subtitle captures the essence of the book: positive strategies for Work and Life. The premise is that we all have an invisible bucket. The bucket is emptied or filled by what others say and do to us. In turn, we empty or fill the invisible buckets of others.

The Secret To You: This short inspiring video affirms the most important person in your life: you! Take a few minutes at the beginning of your day or when you need a pick me up.  Watch it, breathe and you can't help but feel more positive.


"I worked with Regina during a significant career move within the professional services industry and, with her guidance I was able to smoothly transition into a new management position. I found that Regina's focus on encouraging a strategic – rather than reactive – mindset, clear communications, and conscious goal setting played an important role in my transition." 

– Angela Alwin, Communications Manager, Gray Plant Mooty


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

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