December 17, 2009

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   Volume 6, Issue 12   December 2009   ISSN 1556-3820

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

– John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 
   35th President of the United States

Note From Regina 


Well, the results are in and it looks like almost 65% of us are all learning to say
no – at least to activities that don’t energize us – according to last month’s Red Ladder poll. Engaging in activities that energize us leads to more energy to do other things. At least it does for me.

This month as I was making preparations for my holiday soirees, I took some time to watch a few classic holiday movies. Be sure to read this month’s article, Three Lessons We Can All Learn From A Great Holiday Classic, to find out what lessons I took away from one of them.

On that note, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a truly happy New Year!

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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

P.S. Take this month's short poll and tell me what one wish you hope to receive in the coming New Year!

   Feature Article

Three Lessons We Can All Learn From A Great Holiday Classic

This past month I took some time to watch a few oldies but goodies that were on television. You know the ones: The Bells of Saint Mary’s (go get ‘em Sister Mary Benedict!), It’s A Wonderful Life (where are ZuZu’s petals?), and A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim – you’re my hero!) to name just a few. Call me nostalgic but they just don’t make movies like they used to.

I was in a particularly reflective mode while watching A Christmas Carol. Seriously, how can you not be when the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future are there to help you along in your thinking?

Here’s what I took away from the ghosts of Christmas.

  1. When looking back, focus on the positive. Yes, this has been a tough year for many but I know there are things that have given all of us joy and for which we can be grateful for. An organization that I have been involved with for over 15 years is closing its doors forever this month. Yet, I had the best time ever at our last conference making memories that I’ll treasure forever. Here’s a photo to prove it. (Yes, that’s me in the pink boa!)
  2. Today, find a way to share your gifts with others. It has been said that “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” (Henry Bucher). Right now figure out one thing you can do to make someone else’s life easier. Then do it. This month I have been coaching job seekers and connecting them with recruiters and other resources. Why? Because coaching and connections are one gift that I can share with others right now that I know will make a difference in someone’s life.
  3. Create your own future. Mary Kay Ash once said, “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right." So think about what changes you wish to make in the coming year. Make sure your mindset matches up with what you want to change. Before you know it you will have the future you desire. Remember, it’s in your hands.

This Christmas season I hope that you will revel in your blessings, share your gifts with others and create the future you wish to experience. If you’re lucky, your future will be so bright you’ll have to wear shades. 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
  • Three Lessons We Can All Learn From A Great Holiday Classic
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

One wish for the New Year…

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...

12/01/09 Red Ladder, Inc. is pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities for the Women at the TopTM (WATTTM) study, web site, blog and events.

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

We are in the process of putting together our speaking schedule for 2010.  Stay tuned!

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? Positive Strategies for Work and Life: 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.

How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids: Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer explain to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too, as told through the story of a little boy named Felix.


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– Susan J. Johnson,
   Executive Vice President,
   Northeast Bank


Copyright 2009 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
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