December 17, 2008

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 5, Issue 9   December 2008   ISSN 1556-3820

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  

--Henry Bucher

Note From Regina 


Boy, how things can change in one month’s time! I don’t know about you but November was quite the roller-coaster ride.

One week I was honored as one of the Twin Cities Top Women in Finance. The next week I hosted a fundraiser for The Employment Action Center’s Women Achieving New Directions program (WAND) in my home. A week later I was having unexpected surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. And before I could say give me some more morphine, I was coaching my husband from bed on how to stuff a turkey and make gravy for Thanksgiving. (Anyone who has ever had to coach a spouse will understand when I say that next time I’d rather try and land a crippled airliner! LOL!)

Needless to say this month I have so much to be grateful for. I am on the mend and had the best possible medical outcome I could ask for. Plus, I had the opportunity to experience first hand all that is truly good in this world. I’d like to say thank you to my wonderful colleagues, clients, family, and friends for the cards, flowers, food, and gifts that you sent. Your thoughtful actions touched me more than you will ever know.

I hope that you take some time this month to focus on what you have to be grateful for and the wonderful gifts that you already have in your life. If you need some inspiration then be sure to read my feature article, Three Gifts I Wish For You This Holiday Season.

Until next month!

Happy Holidays,

Regina Barr

P.S. Take this month's short poll and let me know what your top priority will be in 2009.

   Feature Article

Three Gifts I Wish For You This Holiday Season

This past month I had the opportunity to watch the movie, The Ultimate Gift, starring James Garner and Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read the book written by Jim Stovall.

The story is about a young man (Jason Stevens) and the year-long journey he must undertake in order to earn an inheritance left to him by his great uncle. Jason ‘earns’ his inheritance through a series of ‘gifts’ or challenges that his uncle leaves to him. Through the process Jason evolves from a belligerent, spoiled young man to the kind of person that we can all strive to be, with or without an inheritance.

There are twelve gifts in the book. Here are three gifts that I wish for all of you this holiday season.

1. The gift of work. During these challenging economic times there are many hard-working individuals that have lost their jobs, taken a cut in pay or had their hours reduced. If you are gainfully employed, focus on all the great things that your job provides for you and your family. At a minimum this includes your income and likely includes many other perks like health insurance, a 401k and other types of employee benefits.

2. The gift of gratitude. Often when times are flush with funds and opportunity we focus our energy on those things that we want rather than taking time to appreciate what we already have. This year many companies have had to eliminate holiday parties, year-end bonuses and other perks that many of us have come to expect. Instead of focusing on what is missing, focus on what you have to be grateful for: good health, a loving family or a warm home.

3. The gift of laughter. When times are tough you can do one of two things – laugh or cry. There is obviously a time and place for both but whenever possible choose laughter. Why? Because studies have shown that people who laugh have increased hormones that alleviate depression, enhance immunity, and reduce stress. Plus, it’s contagious, so laugh and feel free to spread it around!

I hope that you will take the time to appreciate the gifts you have in your life. If you do, you may just find that your cup is already running over.        

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 www.redladder.com or 651-453-1007.

Copyright 2008 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
  • Three Gifts I Wish For You This Holiday Season
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

In 2009, my top priority will be...

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr profiled in Finance and Commerce

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

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 ...

http://www.helpguide.org/:  this website provides a host of resources to empower you to understand, prevent, and resolve health challenges.  Check out these great ideas to reduce and manage job and workplace stress.

http://www.about.com/:  this nifty website features over 750 experts that will help you solve a problem, get things done, make decisions, learn something, save money or just have fun!  For example, learn how to bake like a Scandinavian grandma.

To learn more:
(651) 453-1007 or www.redladder.com.     

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

"I was tremendously impressed with Ms. Barr's understanding of the issues facing marketers today; her knowledge is deep and broad and current. She generously shares this extensive knowledge and experience in ways that are clear and immediately applicable. I put her expertise to use right away and quickly earned the trust of a new client. Very exciting results!"

Debra Fisher Goldstein, Gold Fish Communications

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