Productivity for Leaders

productivity-graphPersonal productivity is one thing. But once you take on leadership responsibilities, productivity is a whole new ball game. Suddenly it is no longer just a matter of being the best you can be, but of bringing out the best in those around you. This can be hard! Priorities compete. Personalities conflict. And let’s face it: some folks just won’t always be as committed as you are to putting in a productive day’s work – bad days happen (even to the best of us).

So how do you go about creating a productive team environment that contributes not only to individual productivity, but also to that of the group as a whole?

Teach others that “not in their job description” should be “not in their vocabulary.” It’s a fact of life: sometimes, employees will be asked to do things outside of their normal duties. When it is going to take a team effort to get the job done, you want folks ready to roll up their sleeves and pitch in wherever necessary.

In general, of course you want everyone to have their own set of defined responsibilities. But in the real world, these tidy boundaries will never hold up 100 percent of the time. Keep a positive attitude and reward your team for pulling together and getting things done. You should be creating an environment where people jump at the opportunity to help others as opposed to standing back and watching the chaos unfold.

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Laura Stack

Laura Stack

Laura Stack is America's premier expert in personal productivity. For over 20 years, her speeches and seminars have helped professionals, leaders, teams, and organizations improve output, execute efficiently, and save time at work. She's the author or coauthor of 10 books, most recently, What to Do When There's Too Much to Do. To invite Laura to speak at your next meeting or register for her free weekly newsletter, visit

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