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…

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Guinness World Record Certificate

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…

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Enjoying Spanish Red Wine and Roast Pork in Salamanca, Spain

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…

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Don't waste a good recession

Like this? There’s more like it in my latest book The Start-up Business Guide. Most small business owners feel somewhat at effect of the market and their customers when it comes to pricing and payment terms. As a result, cash flow struggles are almost universal even when the company is profitable. As we move into…

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