Faster Together

Accelerating Your Team's Productivity

Laura Stack (Author)

Publication date: 01/23/2018

Faster Together
Don't Slow Down Team Up! With countless emails, constant communication, cascading deadlines, and seemingly endless meetings, it's a wonder any of us gets anything done these days. You can try working harder or faster or smarter, but what really makes the difference is "teaming well." A good team is the most powerful productivity machine in existence. Laura Stack's FAST model mobilizes teams to be the most effective they can be, while keeping each other's best interests at heart. Teams learn to work together Fairly, accept Accountability, apply Systems Thinking, and maximize available Technology. An interactive assessment helps you evaluate your team's current speed and rate of acceleration. Every team may have its stars, but they couldn't do their jobs without the rest of the team doing theirs. By the end of this book, you'll truly understand the abilities of your team and how each member makes things go. So, rev your team's engines, and you'll soon be roaring down the track together!

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Don't Slow Down Team Up! With countless emails, constant communication, cascading deadlines, and seemingly endless meetings, it's a wonder any of us gets anything done these days. You can try working harder or faster or smarter, but what really makes the difference is "teaming well." A good team is the most powerful productivity machine in existence. Laura Stack's FAST model mobilizes teams to be the most effective they can be, while keeping each other's best interests at heart. Teams learn to work together Fairly, accept Accountability, apply Systems Thinking, and maximize available Technology. An interactive assessment helps you evaluate your team's current speed and rate of acceleration. Every team may have its stars, but they couldn't do their jobs without the rest of the team doing theirs. By the end of this book, you'll truly understand the abilities of your team and how each member makes things go. So, rev your team's engines, and you'll soon be roaring down the track together!

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Laura Stack is an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and leading expert in the field of human performance and workplace issues. She is the president of The Productivity Pro, Inc., which specializes in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations.

Laura has authored numerous productivity books, which have been published in more than 20 countries. She writes on improving productivity, lowering stress, and saving time in her columns in The Business Journal, Huffington Post, Productive, and Time Management magazines. Laura holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association and was inducted into the exclusive Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE). She was the 2011-2012 President of the National Speakers Association (NSA).

Laura has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Forbes magazine. She has been a spokesperson for Microsoft, Dannon, belVita, 3M, Skillsoft, Office Depot, Day-Timer, and Xerox. Her client list features top Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Cisco Systems, Toyota, Wal-Mart, Aramark, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Time Warner, plus government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Air Force Academy, the Census Bureau, and the U.S. Senate.

For 25 years, Laura’s keynote speeches and seminars have provided audiences with immediately actionable ideas on time and stress management, life balance, and execution. She uses both high energy and high content to educate, entertain, and motivate audiences to produce greater results in the workplace. Laura’s live presentations include:

What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do (burnout and life balance)

Doing the Right Things Right (leadership and time management)

Execution IS the Strategy (team and employee productivity)

Attack of the Productivity Suckers! (focus and productivity)

Managing Your Time, Tasks, and Email (workflow and Outlook)

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Table of Contents

Preface10 Introduction14 The F-A-S-T Team Model16 THE FAST TEAM TEST20 KEY 1: FAIRNESS29 Accelerator #1. Building Relationships31 Accelerator #2. Handling Conflict40 Accelerator #3. Improving Cohesiveness49 KEY 2: ACCOUNTABILITY59 Accelerator #4. Trusting Your Team Members61 Accelerator #5. Accepting Responsibility70 Accelerator #6. Maximizing Performance79 KEY 3: SYSTEMS88 Accelerator #7. Making Effective Decisions90 Accelerator #8. Managing Time99 Accelerator #9. Increasing Efficiency109 KEY 4: TECHNOLOGY118 Accelerator #10. Using Proper Communication120 Accelerator #11. Meeting Effectively129 Accelerator #12. Following Protocols138 Conclusion147 Notes Acknowledgments Index Educational Resources from Laura Stack and The Productivity Pro, Inc. ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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"Faster Together is a driving school for teams who find themselves in charge of a powerful machine but never received the owner's manual and aren't quite sure how to maximize power, traction, and torque." Alan Weiss, PhD, author of Million Dollar Consulting, Lifestorming (with Marshall Goldsmith), and fifty other books "Peppered with stories that bring her advice to life, Laura Stack's Faster Together is an easy, fun read that puts the responsibility for improving work processes and productivity squarely where it belongs: in everyone's hands. The book and its topics speak directly to individuals, describing how each team member contributes to a productive whole." Tres Shoemaker, Vice President, Organizational Development and Talent Acquisition, Graebel Companies "Laura Stack is on a roll! In Faster Together, she applies hard-earned experience toward helping your team function more effectively at work. Discover how to tweak your team's business processes toward greater productivity." Deanna Cauley, Vice President, Talent Management, Red Robin International, Inc. "Feeling trapped by an unreasonable work-life balance that barely leaves you enough personal time for meals and sleep? Grab Laura Stack's new book, Faster Together. Though at first glance it's all about productivity, Laura's advice helps you save time in all aspects of your work and life, so you actually get to enjoy the life' part as well as the work." Montague "Cosmo" L. Boyd, Senior Vice President, Financial Services "In today's market, agile speed is a must. The business arena is changing more rapidly than ever before, which requires workers and leaders who can stop on a dime and shift direction on a moment's notice. Faster Together is the ultimate guidebook for rapid, efficient productivity in the modern working world." Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft "Do you really understand how fairness, accountability, systems thinking, and technology affect the speed of your team's work process? Laura Stack does, and she knows how to help you maximize every aspect of all four. In Faster Together, she shows you how to rev the engines of even the most efficient work process." Andrew Lawrence, Vice President, Enterprise Learning and Personal Development, SCL Health "If you think fast' and quality' are mutually exclusive, think again. Laura Stack's Faster Together gives team members all the tools they need to speed up their processes and change their mindset about accountability, systems, and technology. To make a quantum leap in productivity, you'll want to buy a copy for all team members!" Dianna Booher, author of Communicate Like a Leader and What More Can I Say? "No one understands and teaches quick, efficient productivity as well as Laura Stack. In her latest book, Faster Together, she demonstrates to leaders and team members alike how they can improve their work processes and achieve success faster. A must-have for the ambitious work team!" Jeremy Eaves, Senior Director, Employee Relations, DaVita "Laura knows how to make anyone more productive. In Faster Together, she shows how teams can work together seamlessly and efficiently and address any speed bumps' on the road to success. Highly recommended for any manager or team member looking to accomplish more in less time." Laura Vanderkam, speaker and author of I Know How She Does It

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