A big shout out to the fabulous Monique Bayer of Walk Melbourne, who has promised to motivate me on writing a business book this year. I’m considering a book on ‘99 Ways to Have Fun in Business‘ (what do you think?), so for today’s article I wanted to share one of the most fun-filled moments I…

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Source: Live Every Last Minute.com.au The interstate rivalry between QLD and NSW is legendary but a road trip between their capitals provides plenty of gems for travellers, wherever their loyalties lie. Guest blogger Jacob reveals his must-visits. Have you woken up recently and just thought… Read the full article here. This article was written as…

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Source: Crunch.co.uk Meet Jacob Aldridge, Crunch client and antipodean Business Coach. Jacob began coaching in his native Australia, before moving to the UK in 2010. Down under he had always used a traditional accountant, but upon his arrival in the UK a colleague recommended Crunch instead – a suggestion for which he “will always be…

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Source: Sydney Morning Herald If attending meetings ever becomes an Olympic event, Jacob Aldridge will be in gold medal contention. The business and senior strategy coach at Shirlaws coaching company estimates he has sat through 4712 meetings in his dealings with more than 250 small businesses since 2006. “I’ve seen the good, the great and…

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I recently published my ‘Testimonial’ page, although in true Jacob Aldridge fashion I named it ‘Shameless Praise‘. The motivation should be obvious (testimonials and recommendations about my amazing work add credibility to my writing and proposals), and some recent submissions from the KPI Enterprise program and a few newspaper articles prompted me to complete this.…

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It’s a common question: what is the difference between a business consultant and a business coach? Pedants will observe that a pure consultant brings the solution and completes the work themselves – think IT or Legal, for example. A pure coach does nothing but ask questions, ‘coaching’ you because all the answers are inside you…

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In mid-2007, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper interviewed me for their Career One section feature: A Day on the Job. At the time I was about a year into my business coaching career. Since the article is no longer online, I have chosen to publish my answers here with a short note at the end about what has changed…

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Today’s content comes from my colleagues in the UK – as part of their most recent conference (in beautiful Manchester!) the team had a short, sharp exercise listing some commonly used business coaching words … that mean absolutely nothing to our clients and prospects! Key choices: Strategy Growth Context Innovation Leadership Structure which puts a…

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I’m 32 1/2 years old. My next birthday will be 33, and I will enter what some people refer to as ‘the Jesus year‘. For a whole combination of random thoughts intersecting, it occurred to me that I’m already working towards a nifty plan for the time period roughly associated with that year. Basically, I’m…

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