Laura Stack

About the Author

Laura Stack is one of America's premier experts on productivity, and her company, The Productivity Pro, Inc., provides workshops around the globe on productivity, potential, and performance. She’s the author of six books, most recently, “Execution IS the Strategy: How Leaders Achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time.” Contact her at, or you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

The 5 Critical Things That A Good Manager Never, Ever Delegates

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” — President Ronald Reagan As a leader, you know you…

The 3 Ways That Co-Workers Waste Everyone Else’s Time

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“Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.“ — Sakya Pandita, 13th century Tibetan spiritual leader The gift of language is something like being your own boss, in that the good…

The Five Secrets of High-Performance Teams

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“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.” — Joe Paterno, longtime Penn State football coach In business, we both expect and encourage teamwork. Teams understand the importance of working together on goals that align with organizational goals that move the whole organization forward. Most people make serious…

How to Increase Productivity — Even When You’re Not Leading the Team


“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”—Zig Ziglar, American motivational speaker Active, participative teamwork has become crucial to the modern business environment. Gone are the days when one person could anchor a team by doing everything well — or doing everything, period….

Playing by the Rules: How You Can Help Resolve Team Conflicts

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“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.“ — Albert Einstein With rare exceptions, first-time ballerinas don’t perform a perfect Swan Lake, inexperienced writers don’t produce their magnum opus immediately, and brand new teams don’t slide effortlessly into perfect productivity. There’s always…

10 Ways to Help Your Team to Be a Lot More Productive

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” — Napoleon Hill, motivational writer If you’re not the boss or the project leader, how could you boost your teammates’ productivity? This assumes you have the right to assess the quality of their work in the first…