October 21, 2010

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 7, Issue 10   October 2010   ISSN 1556-3820

“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

– Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain

Note From Regina 


It’s been a glorious October and I’ve been getting outside as much as possible to enjoy the great fall weather and the amazing foliage. How about you?

Fourth quarter is now underway and I’m excited to say that I’m going to finish 2010 strong. I see things picking up steam all around me so I’m hoping that this will be the case for you and your company too. Isn’t it refreshing to hear some good news once again?

We continue to offer fabulous programs. Will you be joining me for these upcoming events?

October 26: Women at the Top® Panel. This 90 minute inspirational program features three women who have successfully risen through the corporate hierarchy. Our panelists will reveal the keys to their success as they share their views on how you can raise your profile, achieve career success and gain access to the executive suite. (Learn more)

November 11: Author Interview, Mimi Donaldson. This month’s interview features Mimi Donaldson, author of Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life. Feel unprepared for the game of life? In her humorous and engaging style, Mimi will help you know when to talk straight, stand your ground, say no and negotiate! (Learn more)

November 16: Amplify Your Success: Career Building Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Get Ahead in Your Career. Join me as I share seven guidelines for success and five key points that politically savvy people don’t want you to know that may be hurting your career. (Learn more)

Want to be more successful in your personal and professional life? Then read this month’s feature article, Establish a Strong Support System and Watch Your Success Soar!

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

Establish a Strong Support System and Watch Your Success Soar!

In one of my signature presentations, Failure to Launch: 5 Common Pitfalls that Could Ground Your Career or Worse, I recently shared that one of the keys to my success has been my ability to build a strong support system.

Many of you may think you have a strong support system in place, but consider whether or not the following apply to you.

  1. Are you over mentored and under sponsored? In a recent Harvard Business Review article (September 2010), the authors took a new look at why women don’t move ahead as rapidly OR as far as men do. They found that women actually have slightly more mentoring experiences than equally qualified men do. So what gives?

    The big difference is that women often have mentors that are lower on the leadership hierarchy. Mentors are a great source of support, feedback and advice, which can help you to develop both your confidence and competence. However, if the mentor doesn’t also serve as a SPONSOR, then you are not going to get the assistance and the protection that is often provided as you continue to move up the leadership hierarchy to obtain top positions. 

  2. Do you lack a personal support system? Women in leadership positions often realize – after the fact – they need to take better care of themselves. Because of the workloads we carry both at work and at home, we often put the needs of everyone else first and put ourselves last.

    So what should you do? Make an honest determination about the support you need if you are to successfully lead others. Then, do what it takes to get it. Support should include social/ emotional, spiritual, physical and professional. Once you know what you need then you need to make your needs known. ASK for what you need to be successful. 

  3. Have you taken time to build social capital? You’ve likely heard of financial capital, but you may not have heard of social capital. Simply put, social capital is the accumulation of resources developed through personal and professional networks. These resources can include ideas, knowledge, information, opportunities, and contacts.

    Men tend to be better than women at building social capital. And, this is one of the most important variables that hold women back at senior levels. You need to do a better job of building your social capital. That means that you have to overcome fears of putting yourself out there and being visible in order to attract opportunities.

Going it alone will do one of two things for you: get you nowhere and put you on the fast track to burnout. Establish a strong support system and watch your success soar!

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.
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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
  • Establish a Strong Support Systems and Watch Your Success Soar!
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

10/13/10 Regina Barr was quoted on the role of image and attire in customer service on www.560TheSource.com during the Experience Pros segment with Eric Reamer and Angel Tuccy. She shared her “tale of two surgeons.”

10/13/10 Do you need to turn up the volume on your achievements? Read Regina's recent blog post and find out.

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

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

10/26/10 (12 noon) Women at the Top® Panel program.

11/03, 11/10, 11/17 
(12 Noon)
Skyrocket Your Career: From Countdown to Launch™(series)

11/11/10 (12 Noon) Interview with Mimi Donaldson, author Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life

11/16/10 (7:30 am) Reinventing Your Job Search: The Seven Deadly Sins Every Business Professional Needs to Know™

11/16/10 (12 Noon) Amplify Your Success: Career Building Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Get Ahead in Your Career™

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 ...  

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.

Testimonial: “I participated in the Skyrocket Your Career program after having just completed work with a long-term client. I was evaluating my next course of action in a challenging market, and this structured program was an excellent resource for me during this time of self-evaluation. I highly recommend the program to anyone that wants to get ahead in her career!”

Fran Fenamore, FMF Consulting, NY & WATT® Network, Founding Member

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