January 15, 2009

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 6, Issue 1   January 2009   ISSN 1556-3820

"Anyone can look up and down a street. A leader is someone who can see around the corner." 

--Life's Little Instruction Calendar, Volume

Note From Regina 

Happy 2009!

Well, there is no doubt about it. Change is in the air on all fronts. Our newly elected president is preparing to take the helm as corporations and individuals continue fighting for economic survival worldwide. Budget cutting, staff eliminations and slow or no sales is causing a paralysis amongst the rank and file at a time when organizations need your best and most innovative ideas and solutions.

Your challenge? To manage these changes in such a way that you not only survive but THRIVE during this time. I know you've got big plans and big goals for this year. So, be selective in what you feed your mind, your body and your spirit. Make sure that all of your inputs are both positive and uplifting. For some of you, that might mean eating a more balanced diet. For others, simply turning off the morning or evening news will help. Regardless, you decide and then make it happen. I guarantee you will see a change in your outlook.

Finally for some dark chocolate inspirations, be sure to read my feature article, Five Stress Busters I Learned from Eating Dark Chocolate.

Until next month!

Happy Holidays,

Regina Barr

P.S. Take this month's short poll and  let me know what the single most important initiative that your company should focus on right now

   Feature Article

Five Stress Busters I Learned From Eating Dark Chocolate

As a life-long learner, I am a voracious reader. My husband claims that I will read anything which is simply not true. I am a serious business professional and am discerning in my choice of reading materials. For example, I would never consider reading the instruction manual for setting up or installing electronic equipment. Why bother when I can simply push buttons and figure things out that way? I mean really.

I do however make it a point to read the Promises® messages that can be found on the inside of Dove® chocolate wrappers. The dark chocolate of course because I need to be sure that I get a daily dose of antioxidants which are known to consume those pesky free radicals, culprits in heart disease and other ailments. At least that's what WebMD says about dark chocolate.

Here are the five stress busters I learned from eating Dove® dark chocolates and reading the wrappers.

1. Shut out the world for just a moment. Grab your beverage of choice. Shut your office door. Plug in your iPod. Breathe. If you don't have an office door, any quiet space will do even if you have to sit in your car or hideout in the bathroom. If that's not an option, make a quick phone call to an inspirational work colleague, family member or friend. Just remember to keep it light.

2. Let your mind wander and dream. The media is continually bombarding us with negative messages. Don't drink the media’s Kool-Aid and assume victim mode. Instead, take time out and let your mind take you wherever it wants to go. You may be amazed at what secret hopes and dreams unfold. Write these down and refer to them. They will help keep you going during tough times.

3. Do not look back and ask why, look forward and ask, why not? Sounds a bit Kennedyesque, doesn’t it? Remember, you can't change what happened yesterday. If things didn't work out as you hoped, learn from it and move on. Instead, focus on tomorrow and what you can do that will impact your future. Don't forget to think big and incorporate some of your dreams.

4. Find little ways to make part of your day like a day off. No, this doesn't mean that you can come to work in your pajamas and slippers. It does mean you can treat yourself to that special coffee, or go for an energizing walk in the morning, or read your book during lunch hour. Life is short and should be lived a little bit everyday. Don't save the best for the weekend.

5. Think of something that makes you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine for just about anything. Think you can't find anything to laugh about? Try this. Imagine your boss or the president of your company walking around the office in Ronald McDonald clown suit with the red wig and big shoes. Okay, if you already think your boss is a clown that may not be funny to you but I think you get the picture.

These are serious times and we all need to find ways to take care of ourselves. I think dark chocolate should be part of everyone's diet. Satisfy a craving, learn a stress busting tip and lower your blood pressure in one fell swoop. What’s not to like? Everything in moderation of course.

Promises® and Dove® are registered trademarks of M&M/Mars

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
  • Five Stress Busters I Learned From Eating Chocolate 
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

Today's poll ...

The single most important initiative that my company should focus on right now is...

Take this month's short poll.

What's New ...


Regina Barr selected for the third year in a row to lead IABC Minnesota's Dial Up Your Career Series.

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

March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009 (12 Noon CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, The Tests of Leadership, IABC, TeleSeminar

March 2009 (Date/Time TBD), FWI Texas District Conference, Hit the Ground Running, Workshop

April 2009 (Date/Time TBD), FWI Kansas District Conference, Hit the Ground Running, Workshop

May 13, 2009 (8am CST), IABC Minnesota Dial Up Your Career Series, Up is Not the Only Way, TeleSeminar

May 14, 2009 (Time TBD), FWI Minnesota District Conference, Hit the Ground Running, Workshop

July 8, 2009 (12 Noon CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Time Management for the Time Pressed, TeleSeminar

September 9, 2009 (8 am CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Networking for Success, TeleSeminar

October 2009, (Date/Time TBD), FWI Annual Conference, Hit the Ground Running, Workshop

November 11, 2009 (12 noon CST), IABC MN Dial Up Your Career Series, Pricing Integrity and Personal Value: What Are You Really Worth?, TeleSemina


Resources ...

Resources ...

markromeromusic: Mark provides meditation, wellness, healing and new age music. I own several of his CDs which provide nice background music when I’m working.

myhumor: This website provides daily clean, funny jokes, setting the standard for entertaining, great clean humor in multiple categories. Sign-up for the daily email joke and you’ll always have something to smile about.

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

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

What Our Clients Are Saying ...

"I’m not sure I would have managed through the ups and downs of the past six months without your invaluable suggestions and thoughts. I have implemented many of the concepts with my staff and as a result have witnessed improvement. Thank you again"

Rhonda Mann, President, Anchor Bank – St Paul Park

Copyright 2008 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc. 
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