For Attendees at Donald Cooper’s presentation...

Welcome to your set of ‘Business Assessment and Implementation Tools’:

We all need to spend more time proactively working “ON” our business…but where to start and how to go about it?   Our complete set of Business Tools is an excellent place to start.  

These Tools are being made available TO YOU ONLY at no charge (regular price is $40).  We thank you for not sharing them with others outside of your own business. 

Below is a complete list of the Tools and Templates that I promised you, and a brief description of each.  They’re divided into two sections.  Part #1: ‘Business Assessment Tools’ and  Part #2: ‘Management Implementation Tools’.  Simply click on each ‘tool title’ below to download that tool as a PDF. 

Note: For additional help with planning the future of your business, you can purchase our 34-page Vision Critical Guide, as a downloadable PDF, for just $24 at our Online Store.

Part #1: Your Business Assessment Tools:

  1. Tool #A-1:  The Business Key Challenge Audit Sheet.  In just 4 minutes, identify the key challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed in your business.  Have each person on your management and supervisory team complete this sheet and see if ‘everyone is on the same page’…who ‘gets it’…and who doesn’t.
  2. Tool #A-2:  The Service Challenge Audit Sheet.  Failure to deliver world class service and customer experiences on the front line is almost always a symptom of management, communication, systems or process problems in the business.  Use this 1-page ‘Service Challenge Audit’ to identify and address the real problems.
  3. Tool #A-3:  The internal, external and regulatory challenge tool.  Use this template to explore in detail the internal, external and regulatory challenges that you face, and how to address them.
  4. Tool #A-4: As business owners, leaders and managers our 1st job is clarity.  This Tool is designed to help improve ‘clarity’ in your business. Only by improving clarity can we improve commitment, urgency, accountability and profitability.
  5. Tool #A-5:  Disruption and innovation: What or who might disrupt your industry, your market and your business? Will you be the ‘disruptor’…or will you be the victim of disruption?  Every industry is being disrupted by new technologies, new business models and innovative thinking.  Use this Tool to evaluate the many ways that your industry and your business might be disrupted…and whether you will lead that disruption…or be the victim of it.
  6. Tool #A-6: 8 ways that technology can deliver the competitive advantage you need.  Technology can give you a competitive and profitability advantage in every part of your business.   Use this check-list to determine exactly where you can benefit.
  7. Tool #A-7:  9 ‘stream of conciseness’ statements to better understand your business, your market…and your customers’ perceptions:  This Tool is a strong reality check regarding the strength and clarity of your market positioning and of your own perception of your customers and your business.
  8. Tool #A-8:  Defining “Success” in your business and your lives.  If we can’t define “success”, how can we achieve it?  Use this template to clarify what success will look like for you, your family and your Team.
  9. Tool #A-9:  Rate your leadership ability.  This 2-page Tool will help you clarify and improve your leadership style and effectiveness.
  10. Tool #A-10:  In business and life, trusting the right people is key to your success:  Use this simple Trust Meter to check out your ‘trust intuition’.
  11. Tool #A-11:  Partnership and family business audit sheet.  There are 6 reasons why partnerships or family businesses often don’t work.  This 1-page Audit Sheet will help identify the problem areas that need to be addressed.
  12. Tool A-12:  Problems on the ‘front line’ are a symptom of problems higher up.  What happens on your ‘front line’ has a huge impact on your bottom line.  But, when things go wrong on the front line, it’s almost always a symptom of problems further ‘up’ in the organization.
  13. Tool A-13:  6 reasons why new businesses fail.   This Tool will be especially helpful to those who have recently started a business…or who are considering doing so.
  14. Tool #A-14:  What can you do to increase sales?  Sales will not automatically increase just because you want them to.  And there’s much more to increasing sales than just adding more sales staff, running another ad, or creating another brand destroying ‘Special sale’.  This multi-page template asks a series of key questions that will trigger real insight as to how to increase sales…profitably.
  15. Tool #A-15:  A reality check of your advertising.   Much of the money spent on advertising is simply wasted.  Some of is even brand-destroying. Don’t spend another penny on advertising without checking this 1-page Tool.
  16. Tool #A-16:  Have you created an effective ‘Team Culture’?  This 1-page, 10 point ‘Cultural Audit’ will help you and your team determine the health of your business culture…and what might need fixing.
  17. Tool #A-17: Rate your Talent Pool.  The real battle in business today is the battle to attract, develop, engage and retain top talent. This 2-page Tool will help you determine how deep your current ‘Talent Pool’ really is and where your organization needs strengthening.
  18. Tool #A-18: The many faces of training…and a bonus idea you’ve likely not thought of: You can’t grow your business without growing your people. There are 11 specific types of training and development that are important in every business. Use this tool to rate your company’s performance in each of these 11 types of training.

 

Part #2:  Your Management Implementation Tools:

  1. Tool #B-1:  In our business, who’s proactively ‘running the show’? The ‘straight goods’ about working ‘ON’ your business!  Most business owners and managers spend 90% of their time working ‘IN” the business and less than 10% of their time proactively working ‘ON’ it. Use this Tool to get real help on how to work ‘ON’ the business.
  2. Tool #B-2: Create a clear ‘Statement of Purpose’ for your business. Your business, and every person in it, should be clear about your ‘purpose’.  This Tool will help you create a clear 1-page statement of why you’re in business. 
  3. Tool #B-3: A fundamental ‘value decision’ that every business must make. Every business must decide if it will be the cheapest…or not be the cheapest. Why?  Because every other decision you make depends on this key ‘value decision’.  Use this Tool to create clarity about your ‘value position’. 
  4. Tool #B-4: Clarifying your profit commitment for the next few years. Use this set of simple templates to plan your sales and profit commitments for the next few years…and the key moves that must be made to get there.
  5. Tool #B-5: The ‘backwards’ approach to profitability. Your profit is something you plan for…not something you hope for.  Use this Tool to determine how much profit you need to generate to be successful…and how to make that happen. 
  6. Tool #B-6: The math of improving profitability. Small improvements in pricing, sales and operating efficiency can have a huge impact on your bottom line.  Use this Tool to determine exactly how this will work in your business. 
  7. Tool #B-7: 13 questions to ask to make this or next year your best year ever. These 13 questions look at every part of your business to trigger insights that will help you create your most successful year ever.  Use this Tool each year as part of your regular business planning process.
  8. Tool #B-8: When you sell your business, what are you really selling? In just 2 minutes, learn why your business may not be saleable…and how you can fix that. 
  9. Tool #B-9: Defining your target customers. By better understanding who your target customers are, and what life is really like for them, you will be able to create value and experiences that truly ‘grab’ them.  
  10. Tool #B-10: Are we the ‘wise choice’ for our target customers? People are loyal to what’s best for them…or what they assume is best for them. This 1-page Tool asks the important question, “Are we the ‘wise choice’ for our target customers?”   If not, what needs fixing…and how do you fix it?  
  11. Tool #B-11: What are we ‘famous’ for? If we’re not ‘famous’ for something…we’re an undifferentiated commodity. So what are we ‘famous’ for…or what could we be ‘famous’ for?  Use this 4 page Template to determine what ‘famous’ could look like in our business…and how to achieve it.
  12. Tool #B-12: Creating or clarifying your powerful Brand. Businesses with a powerful ‘brand’ typically have more loyal customers and higher profits.  Use this Tool to define and strengthen your brand. 
  13. Tool #B-13: Get specific about your customer commitment. To succeed in this highly competitive world, you need to be clear and specific about your customer value and customer commitment.  Use this Template to create the clarity required to be a market leader. 
  14. Tool #B-14: What do your customers want more of? We’d all like our customers to do more business with us.  But what are you prepared to do ‘more of’ for them, to earn that additional business?  Here’s an insightful exercise that will identify specific things to do more of, or to do better, to increase sales and profitability.
  15. Tool #B-15: The ‘backwards’ approach to creating new products or services. Use this unique but very effective shift in thinking to create new products, services or customer experiences that give you an ‘unfair’ competitive advantage.
  16. Tool #B-16: Communicating your value story. Everything you do communicates. Use this multi-page Template to create a clear and consistent message that gets you noticed, remembered, trusted and preferred.  
  17. Tool #B-17: Tips for better business cards. Business cards are not obsolete…but they have to be done right.  Use this Tool to create a business card that is an actionable marketing document.
  18. Tool #B-18: 13 Keys to creating a winning culture in your business.  Use this 1-page Tool to assess your current business culture…and to develop insights into how to improve it.
  19. Tool #B-19: Attracting and retaining a top-performing team. Use this 4-page Tool to determine what kind of business the best people in your industry want to work for and how you can become that business. 
  20. Tool #B-20: Employment candidate evaluation tool. This ‘Tool’ will help you evaluate job candidates in a clear and organized way by allowing you to create a ‘Suitability Score’ for each candidate interviewed for any job.
  21. Tool #B-21: 13 possible reasons for your staff not performing. Staff not performing is one of the biggest problems in most businesses today. Use this Tool to determine why your staff may not be performing…and how to fix it.
  22. Tool #B22: 16 ways to help your staff ‘feel’ important…and be more engaged. Use this Tool to learn 16 specific things you can do to help your employees understand that   they’re important…and to be more engaged. 
  23. Tool #B-23: A ‘Skills Inventory’ of your Team. Use this Tool to discover the many skills, talents and abilities that your staff have…that you didn’t even know about. This can be a real eye-opener. 
  24. Tool #B-24: The ‘Employment Experience Survey’ tool. Use this Tool to survey your employee’s thoughts and feelings about the employment experience in your business. 
  25. Tool #BB-25: The math of selling your business for the price you need…to have the retirement you want.  Use this Tool to calculate how much money you need to get when you sell your business to have the retirement you want…and to think about what needs fixing in your business to get that price.
  26. Tool #B-26: How to delegate, get more done and grow your people…without losing control:  Use this tool to make the important transition from being the business owner or manager who does and decides everything themselves to the person who develops and leads a team of talented, engaged people who make things happen.

For your convenience, you may also download an index sheet describing all these tools (essentially this page) Here.

As well you may download an archive (zip) folder, containing the contents of all tools and index page Here

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