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.

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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

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…

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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…

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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…

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Is this a Dead Cat Bounce?

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. Welcome to the economic snapshot for Friday the 29th of May 2020. Is this a Dead Cat Bounce / Bull Trap, or signs of an…

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IN THE MEDIA: #FOMO104

Source: The Irish Sun ARE you struggling to find the motivation to continue your binge-watching efforts? For the first and hopefully only time in your life, those hours spent streaming Tiger King will be helping to save lives. So this week we spoke with Jacob Aldridge. As a bonafide binge-watching expert, we asked him for…

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November Economic snapshot Dont Waste a Good Recession November Update

November snapshot: two track recovery

Welcome to economic snapshot and business forecast number 20. First, my prediction that Donald Trump will lose the Electoral College 369-169. Of course, that prediction is from November 2016: sometimes being early is the same as being wrong. What are your October economic indicators? What does this mean for business opportunities in November? How can you ensure…

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Choose Magnificence [Archive]

Originally published on the Shirlaws Business Coaching Blog, 2007-2010. This is a copy of a speech I gave to a group of high school seniors recently. That’s an experience I’ve wanted to have for some time, and I hope to do similar events often in the future. As with all speeches, I learnt a lot…

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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