IN THE MEDIA: The Rocky Relationship Between Marketing And Sales

Source: Nectafy.com They are the two departments that drive growth at your company (together), but they can’t seem to get along. Blame ping-pongs back and forth if goals aren’t met and one always feels like the other is underperforming. I wanted to know about all the reasons why marketing and sales can’t get along, so…

Innovation and Research

If you’ve attended any of my events recently, or are subscribed to the Shirlaws ‘Love Business News’, you’ll know that ‘Innovation’ is a currently key focus for Shirlaws globally. After the global recession sparked our ‘Thrive, not Survive’ campaign, we have now evolved into ‘Thrive to Innovation’. Now is the time to use the full…

Young Entrepreneurs and OKTA Presentation

Last Friday I was honoured to speak at the Overseas Korean Traders Association (OKTA) event in Brisbane, Australia. As I wrote about after my invitation to speak, I was impressed by OKTA’s mission and in particular their intention to educate 100,000 young Korean entrepreneurs – to help change the face of business around the world,…

IN THE MEDIA: How to Save £300 and tell your brand story

Source: MarkMapstone.com I normally save the “In the Media” heading a tag (yes, tag – you can use these to track common articles on my site, like all of my media appearances) for news publications and websites, but I’ll make an exception in this case. It’s a blog post by UK based web designer (that’s underselling him)…

Overseas Korean Trade Association (OKTA) Presentation 2014

As an international business coach and speaker who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs (we have things in common!), I would love for every week to include an opportunity to speak to a group of energetic business people who have global awareness. This coming week I have been invited to just such an opportunity, and I’m excited! I…

Maker’s Schedule v Manager’s Schedule

Paul Graham continues to be one of my favourite business writers – I estimate that I’ve been reading his essays for a decade now. In many ways, even without having met him, pg (and Hacker News, which he built and originally named Startup News) is a key influence in my enthusiasm for tech startups, capital…

My Beautiful Wife

Here’s a question I get asked from time to time: why, when I write, do I always refer to my beautiful wife as “my beautiful wife”? And it is something I do deliberately: Here’s an example from Hacker News in 2010; here’s an example from my ‘About Jacob Aldridge’ page; and here’s a recent tweet.…

Never Run for Public Transport

I’ve selected a handful of heuristics in my life that I credit with making me happy(ier). Here’s one of the big ones: Never Run for Public Transport. I developed this decision-making framework in my final year of university. (That was a happy year for a lot of reasons, but I don’t want to digress). Brisbane…

IN THE MEDIA: Costly Wedding vs. Home Down Payment?

Source: MortgageLoan.com I’m not only asked to comment on small business news stories – sometimes my wider life experience leads to some expert requests. In this article, Aaron Crowe examines the tough decision for many 20-something and 30-something year old couples: Do we spend our savings on the Wedding we want, or as a House…