PORTFOLIO ENTREPRENEUR + INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COACH

Since 2005, I have worked with more than 300 active growth businesses in Australia and the UK (where I have alternated my time), North America and Asia. My clients are private enterprises generating $1.5m-$17m in annual revenue, who average 30% revenue or profit growth working with me (depending on which is their focus).

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR + RECESSION-ERA EXPERT

The Business you had at the start of 2020 is not the business you will have at the end of the COVID-19 Recession.

How you respond now will determine whether you Dive, Survive, or Thrive between today and the end of 2021. My theme right now: Don't Waste a Good Recession.

I remember my first recession as a business coach, working in London and across Europe and North America during the global financial crisis. While today may seem unprecedented, experience has given us a roadmap to the other side and continued success.

This experience makes me one of the youngest advisors working in Australia to have actually helped small and medium-sized businesses (from $750,000 - $20 million) grow through a Recession. Based in Brisbane, Australia, I continue to work with and learn from companies around the world.

If you want energy, solutions, and expertise on your side - Read my latest guidance here, or Let's Chat.

ABOUT ME

Business advisor, Professional speaker, published author, world-traveller, TV-show host, podcaster, Guinness World Record holder, amazing father and loving husband.

I live an outrageous life, by helping others to do the same.

Say G'Day

I'm the smart and quirky business guy
who wants to to improve your life.

HOW COACHING WORKS

Pure business coaching is a waste of money.

Today, the term "business coach" just means "generic, unqualified consultant". Would you prefer something different?

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From Recession experience to a Comprehensive Business Methodology, I'm the different you need.

IN MY WORLD RELATIONSHIPS ARE FREE

Whether you want to Start-up, Scale-up, Step-up, or Sell-up, let's chat!

QUIRKY BUSINESS BLOG

Top 5 with Alex Ouwens and Nathan Casserly #AREC16

I’m live-blogging #AREC16 from the Gold Coast. Here are my top learnings from Alex Ouwens and Nathan Casserly: Agent 2020. A reminder you can sign up for the Real Estate Grow #AREC Pack by clicking here. Kicking off with some Glengarry Glenross – classic high-pressure sales movie. Of course, Kevin Spacey’s famous line from that movie is…

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Top 5 with Brian Whiteman #AREC16

I’m live-blogging #AREC16 from the Gold Coast. Here are my top learnings from Brian Whiteman: Seven Figure Secrets. A reminder you can sign up for the Real Estate Grow #AREC Pack by clicking here. Welcoming our final speaker before lunch on AREC Day 2. Brian Whiteman has been in real estate just two years, but is…

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Top 5 with Ricky Cave #AREC16

I’m live-blogging #AREC16 from the Gold Coast. Here are my top learnings from Ricky Cave: The Journey to a Competitive Edge. A reminder you can sign up for the Real Estate Grow #AREC Pack by clicking here. Ricky Cave is one of the top names in New Zealand real estate – I’m looking forward to the…

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Top 5 with Monika Tu #AREC16

I’m live-blogging #AREC16 from the Gold Coast. Here are my top learnings from Monika Tu: Chinese Takeaway. A reminder you can sign up for the Real Estate Grow #AREC Pack by clicking here. Monika is the “$200 million dollar real estate agent” – founder of Black Diamondz, and the Michael Jordan of selling Australian homes for…

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Top 5 with Gavin Rubinstein #AREC16

I’m live-blogging #AREC16 from the Gold Coast. Here are my top learnings from Gavin Rubinstein: From Zero to Hero. A reminder you can sign up for the Real Estate Grow #AREC Pack by clicking here. Gavin uses his personal background as motivation – there’s some misperception that he was gifted his start in this industry, but…

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My Pond Theory Part II, or How Social Networks Avoid Failing [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. How to change So I think I have the answer to why, as they currently exist, social networks must ‘fail’. (You will have noted I put ‘fail’ in inverted commas. Many will succeed in their own way, by staying small and avoiding this issue. Most of those…

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My Pond Theory, or Why Social Networks Must ‘Fail’ [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. If social groups are valued by their size and Google ranking, why does my favourite site work so hard to remain anonymous?  I’ve noted before that the main Social Networks (like MySpace and Facebook) each had their own position in the market, but are now pursuing the seemingly…

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SHAMELESS PRAISE

Some business people share "endorsements", "testimonials", or "what people are saying". Me? I'm shameless - I love being praised, and I love sharing the love.

If you want to know what awesome looks like, read on...

“The value that Jacob added to our business is twofold. He lives the bigger game bringing a strong strategic perspective together with the ability to build process and structure to support the implementation of the strategy. Secondly his energy – he is always happy, always sees the positive and always happy to get his sleeves rolled up and get stuck in. He is a real asset to any business that has a passion to grow and make a difference.”

Juliet Turnbull,
2to3days.com

“Jacob’s energy is boundless and his coaching capability immense. He is also a man of many talents. He was instrumental in devising and introducing our new newsletter across the business which has now touched several hundred of my clients and enabled me to connect with new friends. I value Jacob for the positive difference he has made for my business.”

Jim Henderson, Management Consultant,
Harrison James Partnership

“Jacob’s business insights and experiences are world-class. Great facilitator and invaluable as a coach.”

Jenny Vandyke, Principal Consultant, 
Zumbara Consulting

“His motivation and dedication are second to none and his personal and communication skills are really superb. I would recommend Jacob to anyone who wants to have absolute confidence that things – and the right things – will get done; and have a good time doing it.
Our only complaints remain his choice of jokes and ties.”

John Rosling, CEO, 
Contexis