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 laura@theproductivitypro.com, or you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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

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“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…

Can Too Much Teamwork Actually Damage Productivity?

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Back in the 1890s, French researcher Max Ringelmann discovered what others later called the Ringelmann Effect: The larger a work group, the more likely workers will waste time rather than get their work done. Not only do they socialize more, they also expect others to pick up the slack. This remains true today;…

Perks Are Fine, But Here’s How to Help Employees Really Love Their Jobs

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We’ve all heard about the fun perks that progressive employers like Google and Yahoo offered their employees  — great social activities, play areas, telecommuting options, free bikes to ride around campus, and the opportunity to spend a fair portion of their work time on projects of their own choosing. This has begun to…

The Trouble With Open Offices: Too Much Noise, Too Many Distractions

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Many workplaces today feature more open spaces and smaller, and often shared, workstations. These open floor plans have become “the new normal” in many organizations. Some people speak of them positively, citing the ability to collaborate with co-workers and the creative feeling they can inspire. However, I hear just as many complaints about…

Five Things Your Co-Workers Really Wish That You Knew

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“There’s no “I” in team.” — Classic American teamwork slogan “No, but there’s a ‘me’ if you move a few letters around.” — Sarcastic response When was the last time you worked completely alone, with no one to help you? Unless you’re an impoverished artist starving in a garret somewhere, the answer’s probably…