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SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best

ISBN: 978-0-470-59915-0
253 pages
August 2010
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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 "SuperCompetent." 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.

  • Activity: The value and importance you place on your tasks and priorities
  • Availability: The ability to master your schedule and protect your time
  • Attention: The capacity to focus intently and concentrate on critical activities
  • Accessibility: The skill to organize your workflow and quickly find information
  • Accountability: The extent to which you assume personal responsibility for your actions and outcomes
  • Attitude: The intensity of your motivation, drive, and proactiveness

With worksheets and quizzes that help you evaluate your performance at every stage, and invaluable resources for further information, you'll be able to integrate the Six Keys of SuperCompetence into your daily, weekly, and lifetime business practices. From the sales floor to the conference room, from board meetings to informal networking events, SuperCompetent enables you to build your focus, manage your resources, and maximize your ability to deliver at every level.

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Table of Contents


Foreword (Mark Sanborn).


The SuperCompetent Assessment.


Chapter 1 What's It All About, Alfie?

Chapter 2 Why the Heck AreWe Doing It ThisWay?!?

Chapter 3 Greater Living Through Technology.

Chapter 4 AllWork and No Play Makes Jack a Dull . . . Something.

Chapter 5 My To-Do List Has 117 Things on It!

Summary: Activity.

Action Planning Worksheet: Activity


Chapter 6 YouWant It WHEN?

Chapter 7 YOU! Off My Planet!

Chapter 8 Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.

Chapter 9 Savvy Scheduling Secrets.

Chapter 10 Stop the Meeting Madness!

Summary: Availability.

Action Planning Worksheet: Availability.


Chapter 11 Don't Open That!

Chapter 12 eBay and Yahoo! and YouTube, Oh My!

Chapter 13 The Harder IWork, the Behinder I Get!

Chapter 14 Socializing for Success.

Chapter 15 BlackBerry/CrackBerry.

Summary: Attention.

Action Planning Worksheet: Attention.


Chapter 16 I Know I Have a System Around Here Somewhere . . . .

Chapter 17 Um, WhatWas I Supposed to Do Today?

Chapter 18 You’re the Boss, Not Your Inbox!

Chapter 19 We Don’t Need No Steenking Rolodexes!

Chapter 20 On the Road Again . . . .

Summary: Accessibility.

Action Planning Worksheet: Accessibility.


Chapter 21 Accept the Credit When It's Due—and the Blame, Too.

Chapter 22 The Squeaky Wheel . . . Makes Things Better.

Chapter 23 Crack That Whip!

Chapter 24 Let’s Get OnWith It!

Chapter 25 Tweaking TimeWasters.

Summary: Accountability.

Action Planning Worksheet: Accountability.


Chapter 26 If You Stew in Your Own Juices, You’ll End Up Overcooked.

Chapter 27 Never, Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever Give In.

Chapter 28 Monkey See, Monkey Do.

Chapter 29 Why Can’t You Just Read My Mind?

Chapter 30 Hello There, Pollyanna!

Summary: Attitude.

Action Planning Worksheet: Attitude.




About the Author.

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Author Information

LAURA STACK has been presenting keynote speeches, conducting personal productivity seminars, and consulting for corporate and association clients since 1992. As the President and CEO of The Productivity Pro, Inc., she is dedicated to building high-performance productivity cultures in organizations by creating Maximum Results in Minimum Time with greater profits. Her clients include many Fortune 500 companies, including Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Microsoft, MillerCoors, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems, Bank of America, and Time Warner. For more information, please visit TheProductivityPro.com.
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Press Release

July 26, 2010
SuperCompetent: The Six Keys to Perform at Your Productive Best

Competence is simply expected in today’s workplaces. But you can’t be Simply Competent; you have to be Super Competent to get an edge. Laura Stack’s new book, SUPERCOMPETENT, gives high potentials proven methods to reach peak performance and achieve breakthrough results.

THE SIX KEYS—THE NEW ART OF PRODUCTIVITY: You’ll get to your productive best by mastering six keys to peak performance:

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 outcomes

6. Attitude: your motivation, drive, and proactiveness

The Productivity Pro®, Laura Stack, gives you a clear and practical system for achieving Maximum Results in Minimum Time®. By Contrasting SuperCompetent “hero thinking” with Simply Competent “zero thinking,” you’ll see that transforming your performance is not about mantras but mindsets.

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