Laura Stack’s newest book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time, Hits Bookstores January 18!

Doing The right Things Right by Laura Stack #productivityAs an MBA student, Laura Stack was inspired by Peter Drucker’s classic 1969 book The Effective Executive. But a lot has changed since it was written. And while Drucker’s advice on what to do remains brilliant, he didn’t give much detail on the how. After 25 years of working with leaders, Stack’s new book is written for the 21st century executive, detailing precisely how today’s leaders and managers can obtain profitable, productive results by managing the intersection of two critical values: effectiveness and efficiency. Effectiveness, Stack says, is identifying and achieving the best objectives for your organization—doing the right things. Efficiency is accomplishing them with the least amount of time, effort, and cost—doing things right. If you’re not clear on both, you’re wasting your time. As Drucker put it, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

The 3T Leadership Model

Stack identifies twelve practices that will enable executives to be effective and efficient, grouped into three areas where leaders spend their time, called 3T Leadership: Strategic Thinking (Business), Teamwork (Employees), and Tactics (Self). For each practice, Stack offers advice from her 25 years in the trenches, working with thousands of leaders globally. You’ll receive scores of new ideas on how you, your team, and your organization can boost productivity. Visit

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You’ll Get All These Educational Resources with the Book!

Included in your purchase are several complimentary resources to help you and your leadership team:

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Bonus Goodies with Purchase!

When you order or purchase the book and forward your receipt to [email protected], you’ll receive links to the following Special Bonuses from These Experts: Joe Calloway, Connie Podesta, Waldo Waldman, Dianna Booher, Eric Chester, and Barry Banther.


As additional gifts from Laura Stack, you’ll receive:

  • A one-year subscription to Laura’s online video series for leaders. Each five-minute weekly video comes with a transcript and a “training blueprint” with key points, discussion questions, and an exercise to help you take the learning back to your team. These videos provide valuable discussion points for your staff meetings to share your learning and keep the momentum going.
  • A free trial of The Productivity Pro® App with 100+ hours of online education!

 “Stack is so right about ‘doing the right things right.’ My advice for how an effective executive should spend some time? Read and learn from her book!”

—Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive

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  1. Beautiful insights!

    I read a lot of Drucker long ago, and what surprised me was how much he focused on time management and productivity. He had some amazing insights. I remember the first time I read his essay on how time changes the product. What a fundamental concept.

    I also remember how adamant he was about logging time. The first time I logged my week, I was amazed by the gap between how I thought I spent my time, and where I actually spent my time. This is still one of my best ways to troubleshoot productivity. Just like a food journal or a budget, it helps to audit to know where the leaks are.

    The other big thing I remember from Drucker was the idea of thinking in themes for certain days. I make my Mondays my operations day where I plan out the week and get the lay of the land. Wed is one of my best execution days. Fridays is where I beat the streets and catch up with everyone.

    Another habit I practice from Drucker is to first figure out the right thing to do, and then figure out what I can do. I see too many people dive into what they think they can do, without first figuring out the right thing, and it short-changes them as well as the opportunity itself.

    I’ve actually forgotten how brilliant Drucker is. I just re-read my lessons learned from Drucker, and now I remember all of his amazing insights around how to make better decisions, how to think about innovation, how to optimize a business, how to use objectives far more effectively, how to evaluate judgment, how to eliminate time wasters, etc.

    While a lot of Drucker’s material is available across several books, I don’t think enough people have internalized his deep insights. A lot of people know him as the effectiveness guy, but I don’t think enough people realize how much of an innovator and productivity expert he really was. It’s like knowing Bruce Lee the martial artist, without knowing Bruce Lee the philosopher.

    Best wishes on a successful launch and putting dent in the universe!

  2. Hi J.D.! Wow! You have reminded me of some lessons I’d forgotten from Drucker! Thanks for this great review—it will benefit everyone reading! I did love that he wrote so much about time management. He was difficult to study because he was SO prolific. The man who wrote the foreword to my book, William Cohen, wrote a book called The Practical Drucker, which I recommend because it synthesizes lessons from across Drucker’s platforms into a more compact foundation.