Expert Chat: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World

Speaker: Laura Stack (SL: LauraStack Ghost) Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker. Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL: When: October 13, 2009 - 9am SLT / PT (check your local time) Topic: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World Businesses and individuals worldwide keep finding interesting ways to use social networks and other interactive online media to do some pretty amazing things – from building their brands to getting to know their customers. Like most technology, social networks and other social media tools are great resources but lousy masters. You could spend all day hopping around to different sites, updating your information, and connecting … [Read more...]

Business Productivity: Learning in Tough Economic Times Pays Off for Many Organizations

In their recent study Learning in Tough Economic Times: How Corporate Learning is Meeting the Challenges, ASTD and i4cp report that in this economic downturn, more organizations maintained their commitment to learning, and that commitment correlates strongly with better performance in the market. These organizations are not only trying to survive the downturn, but also to emerge strong when the economy recovers. Maintaining the learning function helps the organization stretch the lean workforce, while keeping their workers prepared for the future. Download an Executive Summary of the report or purchase the full report from ASTD. … [Read more...]

Office Productivity: August Edition of The Productivity Pro(R) Newsletter

The August edition of The Productivity Pro(R) Newsletter has been released. In the newsletter you will find tips on office productivity, Laura Stack's latest article on Greensizing for Productivity and more. To view the latest newsletter, visit The Productivity Pro(R) August 2009 Newsletter, and to have the newsletter delivered to your email inbox each month, subscribe here. This month's newsletter includes a special coupon code for Laura's streaming online learning library of Microsoft Outlook videos. Ten one-hour modules available for 2003 or 2007—includes detailed workbook with screen shots and step-by-step instructions. Here's what some folks had to say about the Microsoft Outlook Training: I just want to say that Laura was terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed the hour presentation … [Read more...]

Engaged Employees Are More Productive

Engaged Employees Are More Productive

Hopefully by now we all get it: this economy is challenging, things are changing, and everyone is looking for ways to do more with less. Unfortunately, as many companies struggle to adjust to this new reality, opportunities are being missed. Often we are so focused on stretching an organization’s financial and other resources that we become less effective in managing our human resources. Why do you think that is? A lot of the time, it’s just a matter of focusing on the tangible rather than the intangible. If you can improve a machine’s output by 10 percent, that’s obviously a good thing. But improving an employee’s productivity…that’s much more difficult to turn into a percentage (or a dollar figure). Regardless, it is the manager’s job to get the most out of his or her employees. … [Read more...]

Laura Stack receives the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Outlook 2007 credential

The Productivity Pro(R), Inc. is delighted to announce that Laura Stack has received the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Outlook 2007 credential.  A Microsoft Business Certification shows employers that you have the technical skills to solve real-world problems by using advanced features of Microsoft Office programs.  Not only did she pass, but the test administrator remarked that Laura's test results were the closest to a perfect score she had ever seen on the exam. The Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) credential is a globally recognized standard that validates skills with using the 2007 Microsoft Office system and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest technologies from Microsoft.  Candidates who successfully complete the … [Read more...]

Business productivity: The Productivity Minute #14: Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder You absolutely need a presence in social media as a business strategy, but do you have Obsessive Compulsive Social Media Disorder? Listen to Laura Stack explain how you can be involved in social media without living in social media. Learn how to increase efficiency, reduce multi-tasking and reduce wasted time using social media. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

Performance Improvement: The Productivity Minute #13—Daily routines and morning rituals

Performance Improvement. The Productivity Minute #13: Daily routines and morning rituals What are you rituals and routines? Maybe coffee, socializing, facebook, twitter, email...and then it's lunchtime...and you've accomplished nothing of any significance. Watch this video and learn how to shake up your routine and boost your productivity. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Email: The Productivity Minute #12: Curing the “Reply to All” Sickness

Don't you hate it when someone sends an email to 15 people asking for input and someone hits "Reply to All" and creates a huge volley of 47 messages later?  AAAAAAH!  In this episode, Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), gives three better ways to handle email when you need to get ideas from a group of people.  (C) 2009 Laura Stack.  All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

The Productivity Minute #4 by Laura Stack – Graciously Refusing Requests from Coworkers Part II

Laura continues her tactful advice on how to handle coworkers who drop in with requests that you must refuse---and how to say NO without actually saying the word. The Productivity Minute video podcast By Laura Stack, (C) 2009 Laura Stack. … [Read more...]

What’s a ROWE? Understanding the Results-Only Work Environment

Understanding the Results-Only Work Environment

The biggest workplace revolution since the cubicle might someday make those stuffy little offices obsolete. It’s a whole new way to look at work. Picture this…what if…work weren’t a place that you GO…but it was a thing that you DO. That’s the idea behind the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)—a concept originally conceived at Best Buy that has spread to organizations across many industries. It sounds so simple, but it can be a very tricky concept for some of us to wrap our heads around, especially for those that have been in a traditional workplace for a long time. Think about it. We talk about “burning the midnight oil.” We notice which cars are always in the parking lot at the end of the day. We listen to self-proclaimed go-getters brag about their 80-hour workweeks. But … [Read more...]