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Red Ladder Seminars and Workshops


Looking for a seminar or workshop for a business or association event? Interested in employee development programs? Red Ladder has numerous topics for you to choose from the list below including leadership, management, and small business topics. For custom seminars or workshops, contact us at .

Professional Fitness™ Leadership Development Series NEW!!

Red Ladder has launched the first three programs in the Professional Fitness™ series of programs designed to help companies train their employees on critical leadership competencies as identified in the The Leadership Gap Study.   These include:  Problem Solving & Decision MakingInitiative and Risk Taking, and Delivering High Quality Results. 

Professional Fitness™ Problem Solving and Decision Making

As the baby boomers retire and leaders become scarce, individuals who have developed essential leadership competencies will be in demand to fill the leadership gap.

One of the core competencies identified in The Leadership Gap Study is problem solving and decision making. Problem solving and decision making is the ability to analyze a situation, identify alternative solutions and make appropriate decisions. Participants in this program will learn how to:

· Quickly gain insights to complex problems
· Involve others in the problem solving process
· Generate alternative solutions when resolving problems
· Respond promptly when unexpected problems arise
· Make decisions that reflect good financial and business judgment
· Identify problems in their early stages 

This program will help you increase your skills and give you confidence relative to this important leadership competency.

Professional Fitness™ Initiative and Risk Taking 

As the baby boomers retire and leaders become scarce, individuals who have developed essential leadership competencies will be in demand to fill the leadership gap.

One of the core competencies identified in The Leadership Gap Study is initiative and risk taking. Initiative and risk taking is the ability to demonstrate individual drive and accept responsibility for actions. Participants in this program will learn how to:

· Demonstrate individual drive and accept responsibility for their actions
· Persevere despite organizational obstacles
· Display energy and drive to accomplish personal or work goals
· Willingly take an unpopular stand
· Promote new ideas
· Demonstrate a willingness to take the lead

This program will help you increase your skills and give you confidence relative to this leadership competency.

Professional Fitness™ Delivering High Quality Results

As the baby boomers retire and leaders become scarce, individuals who have developed essential leadership competencies will be in demand to fill the leadership gap.

One of the core competencies identified in The Leadership Gap Study is delivering high quality results. Delivering quality results is the commitment to produce high quality work (research, procedures, services, products) consistently over time.

Participants in this program will learn how to:

· Demonstrate a consistent commitment to quality
· Work hard to satisfy customer requirements
· Set high standards for their own work performance
· Look for ways to improve the quality of their work efforts
· Perform work that exceeds expectations

This program will help you increase your skills and give you confidence relative to this leadership competency.

Leadership Topics

Professionalism Is for Everyone™: Five Keys to Being a True Professional

This program inspires excellence, high values, and professional behavior. This program helps organizations teach and communicate the standards and foundation principles for what it means to be a professional, and how to behave and act professionally.

Participants will learn a simple and easy to remember framework of positive values, principles, and standards for guiding professional behavior. They leave the seminar motivated to act and with an understanding of what it takes to be a professional and what they can and should do to pursue and polish their personal professionalism. The program covers the core concepts for each of the Five Keys to Being a True Professional in the book Professionalism Is for Everyone. These keys are Character, Attitude, Excellence, Competency, and Conduct.

Topics covered include Integrity, Pride, Respect, Loyalty, Appearance, Being on Time, Being Diligent, Being Accountable and Responsible, Manners, Confidentiality, Teamwork, and more. The program uses a variety of learning approaches including presentations, cases, examples, stories, learning exercises, and group discussion. Role plays and skits are included in full-day programs.

This experiential program is available in 1, 4 and 8 hour segments.

Note: Professionalism Is for Everyone is a program of The Goals Institute. Regina Barr has been given permission to offer this program through her affiliation with The Goals Institute.

CEO Strategies for Life™
Participants will identify their core values, develop a mission statement, and create their own personal balance sheet. Then participants will learn how to use this information to create SMART goals for success! 

Dynamic Communications™: Increasing Communication Through Understanding Behaviors*  

Taking the time to understand the different behaviors of people is the key to effective communication. Discovering how to communicate more effectively will enable you to achieve greater results.

Participants will:

  • Understand themselves better
  • Recognize, understand and appreciate others
  • Learn how to adapt their style for effective communication
  • Develop a plan to put key learnings into action at work
  • Have fun!

This experiential program is available in 2, 4 and 6 hour segments.

*Red Ladder is a licensed distributor through Target Training International (TTI). Continuing education credits (CEU) are available for attending this program which has been reviewed and approved through Target Training International by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). One contact hour = 0.1 CEU.

Female Perspectives in Leadership™
Participants will learn about women's ways of leading and examine the critical areas where women make all the difference. Through case studies, participants learn how to break down barriers so that they may embrace their own personal leadership style and why vision and voice will be critical for leadership success in the new economy!

Inflate Your Success™
Participants will learn the key factors to personal and professional success. Plus, receive practical tips from a leader who knows that the true power of success resides in one place – you!

Leadership Quickstart™
The Leadership Quick-Start program is designed for today’s busy professional! Jump-start your leadership development using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Program participants receive the MBTI® interpretative report outlining: contributions to the organization, leadership style, preferred work environments, preferred learning style, potential pitfalls and suggestions for development. Plus, they receive Introduction To Type, by Isabel Briggs Myers, and step-by-step worksheets to support the development process, all tied together as part of an interactive seminar that includes an overview of MBTI® results, group exercises and action plan development. A one-hour follow-up teleconference call to review progress and next steps is included. Note: This program requires advance registration and testing plus additional fees for completing the MBTI® and the leadership report. MBTI and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are a registered trademark of CPP, Inc.

Leading when You’re NOT the Boss™
Participants will learn how to use personal/ positional power to their advantage, assess their own persuasive abilities, and identify their conflict style. Participants will tie it all together by using this information in creating a strategy to manage a personal leadership challenge they are facing.

The Tests of Leadership™
Effective leadership skills can help us in almost every aspect of life … in both personal and business relationships and in achieving goals. Can you pass the tests of leadership? This program gets leaders to think outside of the box and measure themselves as a leader from the perspective of the follower. Participants will learn the five key areas that will determine their effectiveness as a leader and develop an action plan for ensuring their own ongoing leadership success.

Up is Not the Only Way™
Feeling stuck in your quest to climb the corporate ladder? This program focuses on the current work environment, the new employment contract, and the birth of the free agent.  Learn the impact this has on corporate careers and how you can create a plan and still to move ahead in a work environment where up is no longer the only way in creating career success.

Your Leadership Legacy™
According to Stephen Covey, one of the habits of highly successful people is that they begin with the end in mind. What would you most like to be remembered for as a leader within your organization? Participants will learn how to identify their core values, connect with their passion, take risks and embrace change while leaving the legacy they’ve always dreamed of.

Management Topics


Dynamic Communications™: Increasing Communication Through Understanding Behaviors*  NEW!

Taking the time to understand the different behaviors of people is the key to effective communication. Discovering how to communicate more effectively will enable you to achieve greater results.

Participants will:

  • Understand themselves better
  • Recognize, understand and appreciate others
  • Learn how to adapt their style for effective communication
  • Develop a plan to put key learnings into action at work
  • Have fun!

This experiential program is available in 2, 4 and 6 hour segments.

*Red Ladder is a licensed distributor through Target Training International (TTI). Continuing education credits (CEU) are available for attending this program which has been reviewed and approved through Target Training International by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). One contact hour = 0.1 CEU.  

Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over
Success in business is equal parts inspiration, perspiration, and improvisation. Participants will learn simple improvisation techniques that will help them be more agile, creative and confident in successfully handling the unexpected -- no matter what the business situation. This is an interactive presentation and participants are encouraged to bring both their sense of adventure and their sense of humor.

Goal Setting for Success™
Participants will learn the keys to successfully establishing and completing goals using the SMART method. Through case studies and small group interaction, participants will practice the SMART methodology. Participants will leave with an action plan for achieving several of their own SMART goals.

Parachute Over Your Obstacles: How to Build and Leverage Relationships at Work

This program uses the parachute as a metaphor to help improve team effectiveness by:

  • Fostering openness and trust
  • Provide a neutral and affirming language with which to discuss and leverage differences
  • Underscore the value of diversity
  • Teach team members to value and work with the strengths of others
  • Help increase productivity by aligning an individual’s preferences to particular team tasks
  • Identifying team assets and blind spots
Participants complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)* and receive the booklet, Introduction to Type and Teams, by Elizabeth Hirsh, Katherine W. Hirsh, and Sandra Krebs Hirsh. Participants leave this program with a framework in which team members can better understand and manage: communication, team culture, leadership, change, problem solving/ conflict resolution, and stress. They will also leave with an understanding about how they can parachute over any obstacles that arise by leveraging relationships and teamwork.
* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a registered trademark of CPP, Inc.

Time Management for the Time Pressed™
Participants will learn about the psychology of time management, the value of time mapping and the four steps to time management basics. Plus, participants will learn tips on how to improve time management through planning, overcoming procrastination, meeting preparation, managing paperwork, soliciting team support, effective use of email, handling interruptions and more! Participants will be given time to develop their own plan of action and strategies to take back to the office.

Thriving in 24/7™
Participants gain a better understanding of the forces that are changing the ways in which we all work, and they will develop skills that enable them to align their particular talents and interests with the unique opportunities they face. Using interactive exercises to practice and internalize these tactics, participants will start at the core to gain a deeper understanding of their values and history; create their own work and find the intersection of their talents with the needs of their organization; identify their brand to make their strengths, talents, and value known; and build a strong web of inclusion and create meaningful and insightful relationships that go beyond the notion of networking.

Note: Thriving in 24/7 is a program of Financial Women International. Regina Barr is qualified to lead this program through her affiliation and training with Financial Women International.


Your Professional ROI™
Want to give your company an edge over the competition? Then consider this program which focuses on all forms of etiquette - from dining, entertaining clients, meeting, office, travel - and provides your employees with essential skills for business success. When business professionals know how to handle themselves well in many different situations, clients notice and respond. Often clients feel that this will represent how your employees will handle their business or account.

This program will provide participants with an overview of business manners, provides guidelines and outlines appropriate behaviors for how to act in many business circumstances from meeting etiquette to dining etiquette. Participants will leave this program with the practical skills and confidence to handle themselves in almost any business situation.

Small Business Topics


Networking for Success in 60 Seconds or Less™
Besides your business card, your 60-second commercial is the most important tool in your marketing repertoire. Participants will learn the art of effective networking and the true purpose of an elevator speech, key considerations in crafting an elevator speech as well as other important uses for it. Participants will also examine effective and ineffective elevator speeches and then spend time crafting and practicing their own.

Pricing Integrity and Personal Value: What are You Really Worth?™
Competitive pricing is critical to business success. Learn how to: determine how much to charge, how to select a pricing strategy, understand the ethics and other considerations of pricing. Participants will be able to develop a pricing strategy and philosophy for selling their products and services.

Overview of Clients and Programs Delivered


American Express
The Tests of Leadership, Minneapolis, MN

Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Your Professional ROI, Minneapolis, MN.

Illinois Bankers Association
Leading When You're Not the Boss, Oak Brook, IL

Minnesota Department of Revenue
Generations in the Workplace, Minneapolis, MN

North Carolina Banker's Association
Breaking Barriers: Climbing the Corporate Ladder, Greensboro, NC

Power of I Conference
Inflate Your Success, Bloomington, MN

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