What’s Your Back-Up Plan? How to Prepare for Anything

What's Your Back-Up Plan? How to Prepare for Anything by Laura Stack #productivity

"It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency." -- Dame Penelope Lively, British author. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a fireball ripped through the sky above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, exploding 18 miles up after leaving a streak of fire tens of miles long. The minor asteroid, which was about the size of an apartment building, was actually the second to have visited the Siberian region in a little over a century: 1908's Tunguska meteor, which was about the same size, fortunately fell to Earth in an uninhabited wilderness, blowing down and charring 800 square miles of timber. The people of Chelyabinsk were lucky, because the meteor entered the atmosphere at a shallow angle. According to modeling done by Dr. Mark … [Read more...]

Who’s Up Next? The Value of Succession Planning

Who's Up Next? The Value of Succession Planning by Laura Stack

One aspect of leadership that’s often overlooked is succession planning—the process of providing for future leadership in an organization. Few of us bother to think about what will happen after we've exited the scene, and frankly, many leaders don't care. But succession planning is crucial to any organization's long-term success. Some companies that have been around for centuries, such as Lowenbrau and the Hudson's Bay Company, have excellent succession planning traditions in place, which is in no small part a reason they have lasted for so many generations. As practiced in the modern business arena, this process essentially boils down to "buy or build." Either you hire proven leadership from outside as needed, or you cultivate new leadership from within. The second option provides … [Read more...]

Calling for Backup

"No battle plan survives contact with the enemy." -- Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian Field Marshal. Sustained workplace productivity rarely flows from seat-of-the-pants, instinctive navigation. Only the strategic application of well-honed time management skills and advance planning will consistently keep you on your organizational course. This holds true, regardless of it your ultimate goals are fantastic profits or a better future for everyone. A crisis can always force the occasional impromptu response, of course, but you can minimize the disruption by making sure you always have a Plan B warming up in the wings. So take the following steps to drastically lower your odds of falling prey to the unexpected: Back up your electronic data properly. This statement may seem so obvious … [Read more...]

Interview with Women’s Insight Project

I recently spoke with Jennifer Ward of the Women's Insight Project about tuning a childhood vision into reality. If you feel stuck in your current situation, get off your butt and MOVE! It takes effort. You can choose to sit in front of the TV or choose to take action." —Laura Stack, President, The Productivity Pro, Inc. Read the full article HERE. Make it a Productive Day™! … [Read more...]

Business Efficiency: The Productivity Minute Video 27: Meetings Where Minutes are Kept and Hours are Wasted

Laura Stack talks about meetings and how you can make them more productive. (c) 2010 Laura Stack www.theproductivitypro.com … [Read more...]

Workplace Productivity: Tips for Wonderful Webinars

You’ve decided to conduct a webinar for your association member, corporate employees, or your team members spread around the country. How do you ensure the Webinar goes off without a hitch? Here are the top ten tips on how to have a successful webinar: 1. Select the best format for your objectives. Each of these popular formats has pros and cons: • Single speaker who presents and administers the webinar—easy to coordinate but can be less interactive if participants are hesitant to ask questions. • Interview style with a moderator—more interesting than just one voice but harder to coordinate the discussion. • Facilitated conversation with multiple panelists—more people to train and the potential for panelists to talk over each other; adds a variety of perspectives and can increase … [Read more...]

Increasing productivity: Paper or Plastic? Managing Your To-Do Lists

Paper or Plastic? Managing Your To-Do Lists

Technology has given us so many options when it comes to keeping track of our to-do lists—Smartphones, web-based applications, desktop applications, PDAs—but figuring out the best system for you can be a real challenge (and a frustrating one at that).  Interestingly enough, even with all the technology out there, informal research (mine and others’) still shows that when push comes to shove, most people still fall back on good old-fashioned paper. In fact, a lifehack.org survey shows that not only do most people use a paper to-do list, but that paper is more than twice as popular as any other method listed!  Why is that? Because we’re human. Life doesn’t always happen when you’re sitting in front of your computer. We sit in meetings. We leave the office and go home. We travel. … [Read more...]

NEW Productivity Pro audio podcast! The Importance of Productivity During Down Times

Like it or not, social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are here to stay – and it isn’t just kid stuff anymore.  In fact, 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. How do you keep it from sabotaging your productivity? Powered by Podbean.com … [Read more...]

Watch Laura Stack sell The Productivity Pro Day-Timer on QVC

My QVC segment aired live on 1/8/08 at approximately 8:20 EST. … [Read more...]

Laura Stack appears on QVC

Tune in on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 7:00 AM EST to QVC and watch Laura Stack LIVE as she sells her Productivity Pro(R) Day-Timer(R)!  Or if you miss the show, go to www.QVC.com and watch it on-line. … [Read more...]