Laura Stack

About the Author

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, aka The Productivity Pro®, gives speeches and seminars on sales and leadership productivity. For over 25 years, she’s worked with Fortune 1000 clients to reduce inefficiencies, execute more quickly, improve output, and increase profitability. Laura is the author of seven books, including Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time.

4 Reasons Why Regular Employee Training Is Critically Important

Regular training for your employees is integral to productivity and profitability, meaning it’s something you should never take for granted. Among other things, training will do this: It improves confidence and, therefore, performance — When people know they’ve been equipped to do their jobs properly, it boosts their spirits and reassures them they…

5 Ways to Set Clear and Focused Team Goals

Teamwide goal setting is crucial if you expect to maximize and maintain your productivity. Your team members must always be clear about what your goals are, and how you’ll get there; that should be a given. But realize that some of your team members will have a better understanding of goal-setting than others,…

Workforce Training Is Important, But Job Shadowing Is Critical

These days, roles in most white-collar teams have become so specialized that no single person can learn everything needed to keep the team’s work processes running smoothly. Usually, the team lead has a good idea of the overall structure, but leaders have their own roles to play. A good leader hires for at…

The 15 Characteristics Of A Highly Productive Team

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 26 of 2015. Our regular content will return on Jan. 4, 2016. Feliz Navidad!  In the 25 years since I started my company The Productivity Pro, Inc., I’ve worked with literally hundreds of teams on improving their…

In Praise of Stand-Up Meetings

“One of my favorite tricks is to conduct most of my meetings standing up. I find it to be a much quicker way of getting down to business, making a decision and sealing the deal.” ― Sir Richard Branson, British businessman In the white-collar world, sitting down all day is both a blessing…

It Takes Skills (and Patience) to Get Buy-In on Team Goals

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ― Jim Rohn, American business speaker In a near-perfect world — the type most people would love when they join a new company — a department, division, or team’s leader would act purely as a facilitator, establishing the group’s goals, communicating them plainly to everyone on…

How to Keep Teamwork From Becoming Group Think – and Make Smart Decisions, Too

“Most of us are going through life without interrogating whether our decision-making processes are fit for purpose. And that’s something we need to change – especially when the stakes are high and the decisions are of real import.” – Noreena Hertz, English economist. One of the hobgoblins of teamwork is group think. This…

Nobody Is Indispensable, Or Why You Really Need Succession Planning

Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.” — Charles DeGaulle One of the basic tenets of popular business advice, publicized even by industry leaders like Forbes, is that you should strive to make yourself indispensable to your boss. But…

The 15 Characteristics of a Highly Productive Team

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer, American motivational speaker In the 25 years since I started my company The Productivity Pro, Inc., I’ve worked with literally hundreds of teams on improving their performance and collective…

Tips for Building Trust With the Members of Your Team

“A relationship without trust is like a cell phone without service. All you can do is play games.“ – Origin unknown Business is supposed to be strictly about financials and hardnosed, logic-based decisions, based solely on what’s best for the company and its shareholders. Right? This seems to be the public perception of…

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

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

“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

“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

“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…