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.

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…

Can Too Much Teamwork Actually Damage Productivity?

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…