In this competitive economy, just being able to doyour job is no longer enough. Competence is simplyexpected in today’s wo...
1.      2.      3.      4.      5.      6.The Productivity Pro®, Laura Stack,gives you a clear and practicalsystem for ach...
SuperCompetent people are driven by intensefocus on priorities and have a clear sense ofdirection. Value determines priori...
Chapter 1: Know exactly why you work hard        and what youre trying to achieve..   You cant be very productive if you d...
Chapter 2: Know what to do, when to do           it, and why.          Take initiative and do what needs to be          do...
Chapter 3: Create systems to perform tasks           more efficiently, so you can leave the           office on time.     ...
Chapter 4: Regularly rest and recharge your batteries,              so that you can be productive and creative            ...
Chapter 5: Do the days most profitable and valuable            tasks first.            Instead of taking care of piddling ...
SuperCompetent people control their schedules, so they can maketime for critical activities. They know they cant be availa...
Chapter 6: Refuse requests when appropriate.                Learn how to say no graciously.                Because youre g...
Chapter 7: Set appropriate boundaries.                Learn how to protect your time from                others. Youre alw...
Chapter 8: Push a task down to the lowest level   of responsibility.                 Trust others to do their jobs; "deleg...
Chapter 9: Schedule your day realistically           according to your key activities.           While its normal to make ...
Chapter 10: Weigh the results of attending any             meeting against the results you could             produce inste...
SuperCompetent people are masters of focus and concentration.They develop the ability to pay attention to the task at hand...
Chapter 11: Stay focused consistently on your            work. Dont get distracted.                No, do not open Outlook...
Chapter 12: Leave the distractions for yourdowntime.                Most people lack the ability to refuse                ...
Chapter 13: Limit your multi-tasking in order            to maximize your productivity.                Despite our technol...
Chapter 14: Dont allow socializing to            overwhelm your productivity.               Human beings are social creatu...
Chapter 15: Dont let your productivity            technology take over your life.                Realize that your handhel...
SuperCompetent people are well-organized. They have systemsin place to find what they want when they want it, and can quic...
Chapter 16: Invest a little time in developing              simple systems, so you know where              everything is a...
Chapter 17: Set up a logical, easy-to-follow         scheduling system, and stick to it.               Highly productive p...
Chapter 18: Dont let yourself get distracted by the              technology you use to stay organized.                  Yo...
Chapter 19: Keep careful track of your            contacts and communications.               We communicate with more peop...
Chapter 20: Dont waste travel time.                A second saved is a second earned; so                instead of taking ...
SuperCompetent people possess self-discipline and self-control.They eliminate timewasters, strive for constant improvement...
Chapter 21: Take personal responsibility for             handling your time and productivity.                  Never lay t...
Chapter 22: Improve unusually long and            inefficient processes.               Do what you can to make it easier f...
Chapter 23: Don’t waste even small           amounts of productive time.               Get right to work. Breaks are      ...
Chapter 24: When you have all the information youneed to proceed, make decisions immediately.                 You have to ...
Chapter 25: Understand the difference between             being busy and being productive.                 Dont let little...
SuperCompetents get the requisite skills and training when theylack ability. They have the motivation, drive, and can-do p...
Chapter 26: Keep an eye on your stress level. Itsa mistake to ignore your emotional health.                  Negative emot...
Chapter 27: Even when a task is monumental,keep working at it until you whittle it down to size.                    Most t...
Chapter 28: Dont be afraid to unleash yourcreativity and apply it to problems at work.                   If you try, you j...
Chapter 29: Learn to communicate clearly.            People cant read your mind.               Clean communication is nece...
Chapter 30: Look for a silver lining in            every situation.                 Do your best to be positive at all    ...
These principles are fundamental to the study ofproductivity and are evergreen, regardless of thetechnologies and changes ...
Purchase on Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.comVisit the SUPERCOMPETENT websitefor free bonuses with purchasehttp://www.SuperC...
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This presentation outlines the 30 mindsets of the SUPERCOMPETENT employee, based on Laura Stack's bestselling book: SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best (Wiley, 2010).

In this competitive economy, just being able to do your job is no longer enough, and competence is expected. To be successful in the business world and reach your full potential in life, it's not enough to be simply competent. Our modern, super-competitive world is full of opportunities for the go-getter, but to take advantage of them, it's essential to become "Super Competent." The SuperCompetent person is one that companies fight to get, fight to keep, nurture as team players, and see as future leaders in their business growth.

But SuperCompetence isn't something you're born with—it's something that you can learn, no matter where your strengths lie or what industry you work in. In SuperCompetent, productivity expert Laura Stack identifies the behaviors that build leadership skills, boost organizational efficiency, and blast high-potential producers to the top of their fields. With Stack's Six Keys, you'll be able to consistently improve your performance, develop the confidence that will propel you forward, and achieve breakthrough results in your career:

1.Activity: the value and importance you place on your tasks
2.Availability: your mastery of your schedule
3.Attention: the capacity to focus intently and concentrate on your work
4.Accessibility: the ability to organize the inputs and outputs in your life
5.Accountability: the extent to which you take personal responsibility for your actions and outcomes
6.Attitude: your motivation, drive, and proactiveness
SuperCompetent will give you proven methods to reach your maximum potential and achieve breakthrough results.

For more information or to book Laura Stack to speak at your next meeting or event, please visit www.TheProductivityPro.com.

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SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best (Wiley, 2010)

  1. 1. In this competitive economy, just being able to doyour job is no longer enough. Competence is simplyexpected in today’s workplaces. But you can’t besimply competent; you have to beSuperCompetent® to get an edge.Laura Stack’s bestselling book,SuperCompetent: the Six Keys to Perform atYour Productive Best (Wiley 2010),gives high potentials proven methods to reach peakperformance and achieve breakthrough results.
  2. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.The Productivity Pro®, Laura Stack,gives you a clear and practicalsystem for achieving MaximumResults in Minimum Time®.
  3. 3. SuperCompetent people are driven by intensefocus on priorities and have a clear sense ofdirection. Value determines priority; prioritydetermines goals; and goals determine activities.
  4. 4. Chapter 1: Know exactly why you work hard and what youre trying to achieve.. You cant be very productive if you dont know what youre working for. Plan out your goals and dreams, and work toward achieving them. Learn what makes you tick, own your destiny, and keep focused on your mission.
  5. 5. Chapter 2: Know what to do, when to do it, and why. Take initiative and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Dont just work on projects in the order they come across your desk; learn to structure your time and processes effectively, or others will out-compete you.
  6. 6. Chapter 3: Create systems to perform tasks more efficiently, so you can leave the office on time. Too often, were gulled into working harder than we should by stuff that was supposed to make our lives easier. Step forward and create or suggest more efficient ways of doing things, so that you can take back your time.
  7. 7. Chapter 4: Regularly rest and recharge your batteries, so that you can be productive and creative when you return to work. For heavens sake, youre not a robot. Take a break when you need to! As long as you dont become a slacker, taking time off can be one of the healthiest, most productive things you can do.
  8. 8. Chapter 5: Do the days most profitable and valuable tasks first. Instead of taking care of piddling brushfire issues, learn to delegate. Put the most important tasks at the top of your list, and work through them first—then do all the rest, if you have time. Its not a sin to let unimportant tasks go.
  9. 9. SuperCompetent people control their schedules, so they can maketime for critical activities. They know they cant be available to everyoneevery day, so they learn how to control their time and protect it.
  10. 10. Chapter 6: Refuse requests when appropriate. Learn how to say no graciously. Because youre good at what you do, youll always be fielding requests for help and input. Its human nature to want to please others, but you cant do it all. Theres no need to be rude, but there are polite ways to avoid being overworked.
  11. 11. Chapter 7: Set appropriate boundaries. Learn how to protect your time from others. Youre always going to face what I call the six Ds of Interruptions: Deadlines, Disruptions, Dependencies, Discrepancies, Distractions, and Drop-Ins. You cant let others use any of these to slow down your productivity.
  12. 12. Chapter 8: Push a task down to the lowest level of responsibility. Trust others to do their jobs; "delegation" is a popular business buzzword for a reason. Dont waste your time and productivity on tasks other people can do more cheaply. Hand them off to someone else, and let them do their jobs without micromanagement.
  13. 13. Chapter 9: Schedule your day realistically according to your key activities. While its normal to make an effort to accommodate other peoples needs, your own should come first. Learn to manage your time properly, and take control of your own schedule. Dont let other people do it for you
  14. 14. Chapter 10: Weigh the results of attending any meeting against the results you could produce instead. Meetings can take up your entire day if you let them. Instead of dropping everything to attend a meeting, see if you can send a proxy, attend by phone, or just cancel it altogether.
  15. 15. SuperCompetent people are masters of focus and concentration.They develop the ability to pay attention to the task at hand andtune out distractions that arent related to their work.
  16. 16. Chapter 11: Stay focused consistently on your work. Dont get distracted. No, do not open Outlook, and turn off all your email alerts. Sure, it may only take a few seconds to check your mail or go for a cup of coffee; but any interruption breaks your concentration, wasting valuable minutes as you refocus on your task.
  17. 17. Chapter 12: Leave the distractions for yourdowntime. Most people lack the ability to refuse attractive distractions, and this costs Corporate America billions of dollars per year. When youre supposed to be working, work. Wait for lunch or break time to check YouTube or your social media sites.
  18. 18. Chapter 13: Limit your multi-tasking in order to maximize your productivity. Despite our technological achievements, its difficult for the human mind to focus on more than one or two things at a time. Rather than achieving more, you end up slowing down because your perceptual channels get jammed. Prune your task list.
  19. 19. Chapter 14: Dont allow socializing to overwhelm your productivity. Human beings are social creatures, so of course youll need to interact with the people around you—but dont let it get out of hand. This is especially a problem now that its so easy to go online and lose yourself in social media of all kinds.
  20. 20. Chapter 15: Dont let your productivity technology take over your life. Realize that your handheld, cell phone, laptop, and other forms of business technology are just tools to help you become more productive—end of story. You need to be able to turn all these things off at the end of the day; how else can you ever be off work?
  21. 21. SuperCompetent people are well-organized. They have systemsin place to find what they want when they want it, and can quicklylocate the information needed to support their activities.
  22. 22. Chapter 16: Invest a little time in developing simple systems, so you know where everything is at all times. Despite the popular saying, a clean desk is not a sign of an empty mind. Its a sign of a productive one. Experiment with various ways to become more productive; its worth the time youll spend on it.
  23. 23. Chapter 17: Set up a logical, easy-to-follow scheduling system, and stick to it. Highly productive people always know where theyre supposed to be at any particular time, so learn to effectively manage the three distinct scheduling components: 1. Appointments and meetings 2. Things to do 3. Reminders
  24. 24. Chapter 18: Dont let yourself get distracted by the technology you use to stay organized. Youre the boss, not your PDA or smartphone. If youll take a little time to handle, organize, and track your files, emails, and other communications as they come in, youre unlikely to be overwhelmed later on.
  25. 25. Chapter 19: Keep careful track of your contacts and communications. We communicate with more people than ever these days, by means of more media than ever before. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to track contact information, histories, and pending communications—if youre willing to put in the necessary time.
  26. 26. Chapter 20: Dont waste travel time. A second saved is a second earned; so instead of taking things easy while youre traveling, use the time to get ahead so youll have more free time later. You can also save plenty of annoyance and time simply by preparing for your trips in advance.
  27. 27. SuperCompetent people possess self-discipline and self-control.They eliminate timewasters, strive for constant improvement,and dont blame other people when things go wrong.
  28. 28. Chapter 21: Take personal responsibility for handling your time and productivity. Never lay the blame on anyone else. Unless you live in a totalitarian state or are an indentured servant (unlikely), then when it comes to productivity, its all up to you. If something or someone gets in your way, its your duty to go around.
  29. 29. Chapter 22: Improve unusually long and inefficient processes. Do what you can to make it easier for everyone. Just because somethings been done a certain way for a long time doesnt mean its the best way to do it now. If you find a problem, step forward and fix it if you can—or offer a solution if you cant.
  30. 30. Chapter 23: Don’t waste even small amounts of productive time. Get right to work. Breaks are necessary, but dont overindulge in them. Self-discipline is important in any field of endeavor. Without it, deadlines get missed, you feel guilty— and guilt sucks the energy right out of you. Or you get fired. Or both.
  31. 31. Chapter 24: When you have all the information youneed to proceed, make decisions immediately. You have to make critical decisions quickly whenever its necessary and youre empowered to do so. Dont let worry or social inertia slow you down, because motion beats meditation every time if you have all the data you need.
  32. 32. Chapter 25: Understand the difference between being busy and being productive. Dont let little tasks keep you from getting things done. Most of us spend too much time tending to minor issues that other people can handle more cheaply and efficiently, and never have enough time to do all the really important tasks.
  33. 33. SuperCompetents get the requisite skills and training when theylack ability. They have the motivation, drive, and can-do positivityto make things happen. Theyre proactive, decisive, and fast.
  34. 34. Chapter 26: Keep an eye on your stress level. Itsa mistake to ignore your emotional health. Negative emotions, stress, worry, and your temper can all conspire to bring you down—especially if you dont take the occasional break to recharge your batteries. Dont let them cause you to boil over and impair your productivity.
  35. 35. Chapter 27: Even when a task is monumental,keep working at it until you whittle it down to size. Most tasks can be broken down into manageable subtasks. Dont look at that mountain of work and just give up. Dive in, find an efficient way to do what needs to be done, and move that mountain.
  36. 36. Chapter 28: Dont be afraid to unleash yourcreativity and apply it to problems at work. If you try, you just may discover a new, simpler way of doing things. Without creativity there is no progress, no change, no experimentation, no innovation. Creativity, properly used, opens up new worlds of possibility and profit.
  37. 37. Chapter 29: Learn to communicate clearly. People cant read your mind. Clean communication is necessary in all directions in order to avoid misunderstandings and mistakes. Learn to deal with difficult personalities, emphasize teamwork, and play nice—even when others dont seem willing to do so.
  38. 38. Chapter 30: Look for a silver lining in every situation. Do your best to be positive at all times. Wherever its possible, try to reframe challenges and problems as opportunities. Sure, maybe its not what you were looking for, but some of the worlds most spectacular successes started as spectacular failures.
  39. 39. These principles are fundamental to the study ofproductivity and are evergreen, regardless of thetechnologies and changes in the workplace. In anutshell, youll always have to: 1. Determine what you should be working on; 2. Make time for it; 3. Focus on that task; 4. Organize the information needed to complete it; 5. Be responsible for your results; and 6. Never give up.
  40. 40. Purchase on Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.comVisit the SUPERCOMPETENT websitefor free bonuses with purchasehttp://www.SuperCompetentBook.comBook Laura Stack to speakat your next meetingEmail John@TheProductivityPro.com is availa ble whe books a rever re sold.Subscribe to our free monthlyproductivity newsletterhttp://www.theproductivitypro.com/r_subscribe.htm

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