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Laura Stack has dedicated her career to building high-performance productivity cultures by creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., a time management training firm in Denver, Colorado, specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations.

Since 1992, Laura has presented keynotes and seminars on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in today’s workplaces and homes. She is the bestselling author of four books: (1) SuperCompetent, (2) The Exhaustion Cure, (3) Find More Time, and (4) Leave the Office Earlier. Laura has been a spokesperson for Microsoft, 3M, and ...See All

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Laura is the bestselling author of four books, including SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best (Wiley, 2010); The Exhaustion Cure (Broadway Books, 2008), Find More Time (Broadway Books, 2006), and the bestselling Leave the Office Earlier (Broadway Books, 2004), which was hailed as “the best of the bunch” by the New York Times. Her books have been published in seven countries and translated into five foreign languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Italian. She is also a contributor to two of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Laura’s popular monthly electronic newsletter has ...See All

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11 Completed Sessions
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Sat Oct 22 2011 at 07:00 pm EST
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Sat Oct 29 2011 at 10:50 pm EST
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Tuesday Aug 30, 2011
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The first day of school is a universal time of change for all parents of school-age children. And though much has suddenly changed in our children’s lives, much has stayed the same in some: disorganized bedrooms, poor time management, lack of discipline, and stress. As parents, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of settling our children into the new school year and making sure they’re comfortable that we forget about the ongoing struggles our children endure the rest of the year. According to John Stamm, Ph.D., and Bill Stockton (Psych Savvy: Children and Organizational Skills), “School failure and unhappiness in the school setting can be often traced to poor organizational skills.” Evidence shows that children having trouble “dramatically improved their school performance because of assistance in becoming better organized.” There are several important areas where you can help your children get organized and keep their home and school lives running smoothly, setting them up for success later in life.
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I fly over 100,000 miles a year on United Airlines. It’s a job hazard as a professional speaker. Parts of it I hate, and some things I actually enjoy, such as working uninterrupted on a plane. I know not everyone has the natural ability to live out of a suitcase or do business from a laptop bag. However, with a little practice, you can learn how to make the most of your travel time. It’s amazing what you can get done when you put some miles between yourself and the usual distractions of everyday life.
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The subject of this ebook is focusing on your work and maintaining your concentration in an environment of distraction. It is so difficult to keep our minds sharp and our brains fit, with so many diversions competing for our attention. I was an avid reader growing up. I’ve read The Little House on the Prairie series probably thirty times and an unknown number of Black Beauty and Nancy Drew novels. I remember sitting for hours in the corner of our living room in my Daddy’s favorite recliner, absorbed in stories. Occasionally my mother would storm into the living room, upset. “Didn’t you hear me call you?” she would ask. I’d look at her strangely, and as I came back to reality, and answer sincerely, “No Mommy, I didn’t.” I truly didn’t hear her, because I was so focused.
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In my most recent book, SuperCompetent (John Wiley and Sons, 2010), I identified and described six keys that anyone can use in the workplace to maximize their performance: Activity, Availability, Attention, Accessibility, Accountability, and Attitude. Recently, I've been considering how all six affect C-Suite executives—that is, upper-level executives like the CEO, CFO, CIO, Presidents, VPs, and Directors. What issues, concerns, and challenges do senior leaders face in these areas?
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Do you get 100 emails every day? Do you feel like you’re slowly drowning in a sea of paper? Does the sight of your messy office and overflowing email in-box frustrate you? Then this e-book is for you! You may work hard. But if you’re disorganized, every step is a struggle. In this age of downsizing and a do-more-with-less mentality, efficiency is more important than ever before. This e-book will help professionals, managers, and administrative staff stay on top of things. You will gain scores of new tips and techniques for bringing order into your life, personally and professionally! Make it a productive day!
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Social Media has become another huge obsessive-compulsive disorder! Like it or not, sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter are here to stay. I know that many businesses and individuals are finding interesting ways to use these social networks and interactive online types of media to do pretty amazing things. They use them to build their brands and to get to know their customers. What about you? Where do you stand in this whole world called “Web 2.0”? Perhaps, you have avoided it all together or maybe you’re an addict. It could be really wasting your time at work. Possibly, you are somewhere in between. Most technology, like email and social networking, can be great tools but lousy masters!
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Good leaders understand that time management is not about squeezing more into their days; it’s about you and your people spending time productively toward the accomplishment of organizational goals. This innovative course discusses three key time management principles for leaders: (1) avoiding organizational “speed bumps,” (2) eliminating activities that waste your time and the time of your people, and (3) modeling effective time management behavior.
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Some people spend more time planning their vacations than they do their lives. Time is like money: it is a limited commodity. We need to give it some careful analysis and planning. If you don’t practice good time management, you’ll experience negative consequences in the form of missed deadlines, late nights, stress, crisis, and overload.
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How much time does it take for you to wade through email every day? I hope to give you ideas on how to reduce the amount of time spent in your Inbox. Additionally, it would be nice to reduce some of the volume of email. Lastly, I’d like to help you and your team use email to communicate more effectively. Hopefully these are your goals as well.
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Make yourself do what you should do, even when you don't feel like it. Self-discipline is your ability to maintain consistent, productive behavior. Are you persistent in completing your high priority tasks each day, without getting sidelined by menial activities? Do you put your nose to the grindstone consistently, or do you only work hard when you’re in the mood? Do you have a set of rules that govern your behavior and activity?
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Keep Your Job, Your Family, and Your Sanity Successful people don’t trade personal satisfaction for professional achievement. They know high performance depends on both. You work hard all day at work and then go home—to the second shift—the one you don’t get paid for. To avoid the peaks and valleys of productivity created by balancing the urgent demands of work and personal life, professionals must be able to balance both without sacrificing either. When you discover the right mix of time and accomplishment in both arenas, you’ll rediscover vision, vitality, and meaning in your life!
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