Benchmark Business Indicators during the Coronavirus Recession

In Business we can obsess over the Future, and chase the ‘Lead Indicators’ that help us predict it. We can lament the Past, and the ‘Lag Indicators’ that tell the story of what might have been. But when it comes to making better business decisions, there is only one time that matters: the Present, what…

Hold Your Breath or Go For Broke? [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. I had the benefit last week of chairing an expert panel discussion addressing ‘Business in Uncertain Times’. The core question was whether, at this time, businesses and their owners should Hold their Breath or Go for Broke at the opportunities that exist. Ultimately, of course, the answer from the panel was…

Participants at a Group Coaching Workshop

How to Establish Your Advisory Board (and how much it costs)

I’m writing this guide in June 2020 – in the middle of the Coronavirus Recession. You may have seen my general videos addressing: How to build your Recession War Cabinet during the Response Phase of a Recession How to evolve your Advisory Board into the Plan Phase of a Recession Now it’s time to get…

Complete “How To Guide” for Business Strategy with 35 – 120 Employees

Welcome to The Complete How To Guide for Business Strategy as a Mid-Tier Organisation with 35-120 Staff. Creating a Strategic Planning ‘System’ at your size business is different to smaller (2-12 or 12-35 staff) or larger (120+ people) businesses. In this Guide: Learn how to do it yourself Download our guides and templates Upskill with…

Complete “How To Guide” for Business Strategy with 12 – 35 Employees

Welcome to The Complete How To Guide for Business Strategy as an SME with 12-35 Staff. Creating a Strategic Planning ‘System’ at your size business is different to smaller (2-12 staff) or larger (35+) businesses. In this Guide: Learn how to do it yourself Download our guides and templates Upskill with short, specific videos Make…

Complete “How To Guide” for Business Strategy with 2 – 12 Employees

Welcome to The Complete How To Guide for Business Strategy as an SME with 2-12 Staff. Creating a Strategic Planning ‘System’ at your size business is different to the various phases of larger (12+ team member) businesses. In this Guide: Learn how to do it yourself Download our guides and templates Upskill with short, specific…

Guinness World Record Certificate

Everything I Learned, I Learned from the Movies

In 2019, I was asked to be the closing Keynote speaker for the Happy Lawyer, Happy Life Retreat in Kingscliffe, Australia. The responsibility of the closing Keynote is different from the opening Keynote, and from any of the intervening Presentations or Plenary Sessions. Often you are the only person keeping the whole conference from closing…

Australia Officially Enters the First Recession in 30 Years

Mark Riley (Journalist): Is Australia in recession today? John Frydenburg (Treasurer of Australia): … Yes Every Friday I prepare an Economic Snapshot – to track the Recession, pinpoint the Recovery, and help you make better decisions in your business. Subscribe here for updates by email. When even the government says we’re in Recession, you know…

Enjoying Spanish Red Wine and Roast Pork in Salamanca, Spain

Looking Back on 2011 [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, January 1 2011. If you noticed the heading to this article (“Looking back on 2011”) you probably thought it was a typo – after all, we’ve recently been inundated with newsletters and news articles looking back on 2010. But no, it was no error – we’re actually…