usiness readiness Coaching

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"Strategically and effectively understanding and implementing all facets of a business is in itself a hard task to tackle and accomplish. The key to its success is the people, systems, and critical thinking being exercised."

Below you can find a list of over 300 to Do's compiled from clients all around the world. My main objective in Business Coaching is to educate you on the scope of business, show you techniques to better address issues & opportunities, and develop efficient and effective systems to produce quality work & product.

eadership &  Performance

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  • Change my approach from selling to telling and from telling to modeling

  • Become proficient with sending and receiving all forms of e-mail

  • Turn my time into an asset—, assets a day

  • Increase my ability to process more information without getting overwhelmed

  • Accelerate my personal evolution

  • Start reading books that will help me evolve instead of merely develop

  • Become cyber and Internet literate

  • Endorse my worst weakness as my biggest strength

  • Have more patience, especially when I have none

  • Walk my talk without strutting

  • Add value to my customers and clients, just for the joy of it

  • Expand my vocabulary so that I can better express myself in any situation

  • Learn how to give people what they want, without its costing me anything

  • Change my thinking from win-lose to win-win

  • Become self-actualized

  • Blow up the blocks standing in my path to success

  • Increase the momentum at work so that I am carried forward instead of pushing myself

  • Find a better way to motivate myself and others

  • Make a significant business decision

  • Improve my attitude so I’m always positive, naturally

  • Take more chances

  • Better identify the people who are really good for me and those who are not

  • Extend my boundaries without setting up walls

  • Strengthen my character so I am really proud of who I am

  • Become more sensitive with people who need that from me

  • Design my winning formula

  • Become a better team leader so employees love their jobs

  • Become a person who smiles almost all of the time

  • Apologize to someone, even if it is very difficult

  • Discover what makes me tick

  • Complete a tough project on time

  • Learn five skills to better communicate with my stakeholders

  • Stop fibbing and lying completely within three months

  • Identify things I love to do (mostly business oriented, but not limited to it), and do one each day

  • Stop complaining within days

  • Genuinely thank people who help me, daily

  • Reorient personal and professional life completely around values (not wants and needs) within three years

  • Improve my reputation among my colleagues

  • Become more respectful of other people’s ways

  • Keep my word

  • Be accountable for results

  • Clarify my professional commitments

  • Become an adult in every sense of the word

  • Become a lot more creative in what I do

  • Turn my intuition into my primary decision-making system

  • Build my personal brand

  • Come to accept that which I resist

  • Distinguish truth from bs in every situation, instantly

  • Become a proactive person who never waits

  • Become a leader, not just a manager

  • Learn how to give advice without turning people off

  • Find a way to delegate my weaknesses so I can focus on my strengths

  • Affect people profoundly / Inspire people

  • Evolve from rational, logical, and linear thinking to operating well in a state of chaos

  • Be causal instead of reactive

  • Be able to think abstractly instead of just logically

  • Become a much more endorsing and encouraging person

  • Listen very, very well

  • Be sustainably motivated instead of operating in fits and starts

  • Become wise

  • Have more than enough confidence in virtually every situation

  • Improve my judgment

  • Stay “present” throughout the day

  • Stop making promises, even if I feel I should

  • Face a difficult legal, financial, or tax matter

  • Break any past sabotaging patterns that I’ve had

  • Learn coaching skills that I can use with my coworkers and customers

  • Become fearless

  • Design a system to complete projects two days before the deadline

  • Establish a daily “dream work” time

  • Implement two new personal habits each month

  • Choose and take the self-assessment tools that would be of maximum benefit

  • Eliminate major blocks to creativity

  • Set up a plan for the mastery of a new hobby

  • Understand what drives and motivates me

  • Understand why I relate to people the way I do

  • Understand how I learn so that I can learn more easily

  • Understand my basic interests and how they affect my choices

  • Discover my Enneagram type

  • Discover my Myers-Briggs type

  • Discover my DISC profile

  • Increase the speed of people’s response to my needs

  • Learn to have an edge with people and events

  • Understand that I can be both a good person and a good boss

  • Explore or understand feelings and beliefs

  • Overcome my fear of rejection

  • Deal better with interruptions

  • Develop the ability to say no and stick with it

  • Surrender and accept what I am resisting

  • Catch myself within a minute whenever I step over something in a conversation

  • Become a participator at work, not just an observer

  • Let go of shoulds that I’ve created for myself

  • Subscribe to forward-thinking magazines

  • Expand what I see as possible

  • Have a virtual assistant on call to handle stuff I don’t want to do

anagement skills

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  • Delegate more effectively so that I have more time to work on what matters most

  • Toss out my to-do list (or plan to create one)

  • Stop taking work so darn seriously

  • Stop micromanaging people

  • Become a better manager

  • Stop trying to control everything and everyone

 

C

ommunication

  • Become unconditionally constructive in everything I say

  • Communicate so well that people respond immediately

  • Learn how to ask the right questions in any selling situation

  • Give others the experience of being heard, instead of just being listened to

  • Easily ask for what I want

  • Become a very direct and confident communicator

  • Tell the truth instead of what people want to hear

  • Stop overpromising and making commitments

  • Join Toastmasters and complete first speeches within six months

  • Learn how to say no without turning people off

  • Make it clear to people what I require of them

  • Become a better writer

  • Become an effective public speaker

  • Find my voice and speak confidently

  • Speak without a “charge” to my voice

  • Learn how to “get” someone instead of just listening to or hearing them

  • Develop five personalized ways to say no to others in firmness and love

  • Learn to make a point in words or less

  • Get complete on relationships

  • Deal with fears and concerns in transactions

 

F

eedback

  • React less and respond more

  • Identify and eliminate things I tolerate in the next days

  • Write to someone with whom I have unfinished business

  • Enjoy responsibility instead of trying to avoid it

  • Learn how to make requests that are accepted and fulfilled

  • Discover the root causes of stuckness and implement a plan for becoming unstuck

  • Reduce problem-solving time by percent

  • Navigate a successful transition for my staff

  • Design a personalized filing system

 

T

eam building

  • Expand my network to include the finest professionals in different fields

  • Identify the unique skills and talents that I know are waiting to be leveraged

  • Get the support I need to move my project further

  • Build a team with my area managers

  • Build a personal support network of people with similar interests

  • Hire a coach to help me achieve what I want

  • Learn to collaborate with people instead of debating or arguing

  • Cultivate a circle of five close coworkers

  • Expand circle of influence by people

  • Become better at developing rapport with others

  • Identify a focus that expresses my values and uses my strengths

  • Put people and relationships ahead of results for once

  • Hire a personal trainer for staff

 

C

ulture

  • Learn to condition change instead of forcing it on others

  • Improve the quality of my work life and environment

  • Design a working style that makes me incredibly happy

  • Stop pushing for sales and start investing in relationships

  • Eliminate or reduce adrenaline in my work so I don’t burn myself and others up

  • Award and recognize my staff

  • Reduce the amount of conflict at my work so that I can relax

  • Reduce what I am tolerating at work

  • Create a buying environment instead of a selling environment

  • Discover what is causing dissonance in my work

  • See opportunities in problems without wearing rose-colored glasses

  • Become a toleration-free zone

  • Stop whining and start winning

  • Create a perfect work

  • Increase my havingness so I can maintain my success

  • Increase my awareness

  • Get clear on my values and align my goals with them

  • Discard items cluttering office and desk within one month

  • Establish three things I am passionate about as priorities at my work within six months

  • Trash megabytes of stuff I don’t need on my computer

  • Clean out or purge all home and work files this month

  • Reorganize my office and work environment

  • Improve the relationship I have with my colleagues

  • Improve the relationship I have with my clients

  • Improve the relationship I have with my coworkers

  • Perfect my environment so that it brings out my best

  • Come to enjoy change as opposed to resisting or disliking it

  • Have something to look forward to each morning at work

  • Always arrive early and never feel rushed
  • Organize my files perfectly

  • Always be well groomed

  • Stop gossiping

  • Become more open and available to all that is already around me

  • Raise my standards

  • Master my craft rather than just being an expert at it

  • Increase productivity by percent in six months

  • Free up $– per month for my own self-improvement

  • Develop a phone call return system to ensure that calls are returned within four hours if they are important

  • Clarify my top values and use them as a decision-making compass

  • Incrementally increase salary over the next year

  • Define the legacy I wish to leave

  • Identify, personalize, and memorize my vision

  • Learn how to effectively communicate feelings to my (someone that significantly has a say in your business, like a spouse in a marriage)

  • Increase my job satisfaction so that I look forward to going to work

  • Develop a plan to implement the truest value into my work

  • Identify a theme for my work in the coming year and orient my goals around that

  • Learn to share the credit and glory of my accomplishments and others’

  • Always be minutes early and never rushed

  • Reconcile my work with humanity

 

E

ntrepreneurism

  • Join and participate in those networking groups that will assist in business and personal life

  • Disentangle myself from those organizations that do not add value to business or personal life within one month

  • Turn my ideas into revenue streams

  • Develop a reserve of opportunities so I don’t have to look for them

  • Prepare my business for sale

  • Complete a project with less stress

  • Rearrange my investments so that I don’t lose sleep over them

  • Become an “intrapreneur” in my organization by creating a small business idea and selling it to the decision makers

  • Obtain a more senior position in my organization in less than six months

  • Develop a system for recording and tracking my artistic or business ideas

  • Implement a schedule for acting on ideas

  • Attract a client base that earns percent more than my current client base

  • Develop an annual goal-setting system

  • Take on greater challenges at work

  • Start investing in the stock market

  • Create an outrageous business goal and enlist support to reach it

  • Learn how to set up a website that showcases myself and my services or company

  • Dramatically improve the profitability of my company

  • Increase the amount of money I have

  • Start a new business and avoid the common learning curve

  • Learn how to make more money in the new economy

  • Start over

  • Write a book without pain

  • Bring in five new clients a month

  • Make a million dollars next year

  • Book at least five selling appointments in the next days

  • Close new clients in next days

  • Start an e-mail-based weekly newsletter to expand my network

  • Identify three specific goals that light me up for next year

  • Create an inspiring project through which I will touch at least people per month

  • Launch a national organization

  • Create a sales program for a new niche

  • Save % of your salary next year

  • Develop a national reputation for what I do well

  • Brainstorm and prioritize the best ideas to use in my business

  • Go half-time at work

  • Expand business to sell products over the Internet

  • Design a class or TeleClass and market it within six months

  • Develop two new profit centers in my business within one month

 

S

ystems

  • Create a system for developing systems

  • Build systems to facilitate and optimize work value creation

  • Develop a system recording and tracking my artistic or business ideas

  • Develop an annual goal-setting system

  • Turn my intuition into my primary decision-making system

  • Design a system to complete projects two days before the deadline

  • Develop a phone call return system to ensure that calls are returned within four hours if they are important

  • Design a personalized filing system

  • Start using a time management system

 

E

ffectiveness

  • Eliminate delay, so I don’t miss opportunities

  • Stop procrastinating and be inventory free

  • Identify every source of stress at my work and either reduce or eliminate it

  • Develop a work plan and start working it

  • Get focused

  • Start taking the path of least resistance instead of working against life

  • Stay on track

  • Simplify everything

  • Let go of the people at work who drain my and the business’s energy

  • Work percent fewer hours without making less

  • Become more efficient without becoming a machine

  • Say no five times this week

  • Get more done, but slow the pace at which I’m working

  • Better integrate what I already have

  • Reduce the roles I fill for others

  • Prioritize my time so that I don’t feel rushed and exhausted

  • Identify what slows me down

  • Eliminate everything that distracts me during my day

  • Multitask, easily

  • Reduce volunteer activities that are getting in my way

  • Evolve beyond being productive and become effective

  • Determine causes of procrastination and develop new skills

  • Increase productivity in staff members by percent

  • Get ahead of office equipment maintenance, reducing lost time by percent

  • Eliminate percent of office interruptions

  • Reduce downtime caused by adjustment to change by percent

  • Reduce time commitments by percent

  • Eliminate percent of my problems

  • Develop a list of five boundaries that increase my quality at work

  • Get clear on priorities

  • Manage time more effectively

  • Determine priorities

  • Develop a morning routine that I totally enjoy

  • Start using a time management system

 

P

roject  management

  • Manage my current projects and initiatives

  • Acquire strategic planning skills

  • Understand scope and requirements

  • Take charge of schedule and cost control

  • Be knowledgeable of risk management

  • Develop better quality management skills

  • Adopt Project Management skills for Non-Project Managers

  • More efficiently manage project teams

  • Have a thorough grasp of executive strategy and management

  • Sharpen my business analyst capabilities

  • Widen my project management network

  • Be useful to and use my PM relationships

 

B

usiness plan

  • Develop a financial plan

  • Create a business plan without taking three months to do so

  • Become a saver and start saving because I enjoy it

  • Reduce my credit card debt faster than I currently am

  • Get control over my business spending

  • Identify my unique selling proposition and my label

  • Reduce business expenses by $

  • Increase business by % without spending more on advertising

  • Begin a financial independence plan

  • Upgrade all computer programs within three months

  • Pay off loan one year early

  • Achieve assigned sales numbers one week prior to end of month to avoid rushing for sales the last week

  • Spend percent less money monthly

  • Pay back money owed to friends within six months

  • Reconcile credit report within six months

  • Reduce number of credit cards to three in months

  • Meet with a financial advisor twice a month to keep finances updated to set goals on a weekly basis

  • Learn how to attract business instead of constantly marketing for it

  • Delight my customers, not just please them

  • Develop a marketing strategy for my business

  • Increase the number of referrals I receive

  • Distinguish symptoms from sources when dealing with a situation

  • Position my services or products in the marketplace

  • Develop an edge in order to close a sale or make my point

  • Reduce the emotional costs of my business or practice

  • Develop marketing materials for my business

  • Package my products and services better

  • Develop profit centers instead of just one

  • Get a handle on what’s coming, given how fast the world is changing

  • Understand the basics of running a successful business

  • Identify the features and benefits that I offer my customers or clients

  • Establish and follow a seasonal shopping schedule to take advantage of seasonal sales as a strategy for business marketing

  • Double my income in two years

  • Cut budget or spending by percent

  • Refine the elements of my business plan

  • Design a customer service satisfaction survey that identifies my customers’ core needs

  • Increase customer retention by percent

  • Maintain zero credit card debt

  • Have an attorney on retainer in case something really bad happens to me

  • Plan the next year by the end of the previous November

 

H

ealth

  • Lose weight without orienting my life around it (Executives and subordinates)

  • Get back to exercising: sit-ups and push-ups per day

  • Bring balance to work, home, community, and personal time over a three-month period

  • Establish one delicious habit and do it every day

  • Shift or release a sabotaging belief within days

  • Automate and delegate almost every aspect of my personal tasks and chores

  • Balance my personal, family, and business lives

  • Decrease stress level by points in days

  • Increase my energy level

  • Deal with and recover from burnout

  • Enjoy life more

  • Develop more confidence in myself

  • Stop explaining myself

  • Stop justifying my actions

  • Improve my self-esteem and self-worth

  • Become internally motivated

  • Develop self-respect

These "To Dos" were also facilitated by some research over the web and uses much of the content from CoachVille and it is copyrighted to Thomas J. Leonard, 1998.

 
 
 

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