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

Born 1978 – 1982? Your retirement day will be uniquely awful!

I was born in 1981. This means I, and those born a couple of years either side, are singularly placed for our retirement plans to be screwed by a combination of demographics and economic cycles. The good news is we can, as individuals, do something about this (and collectively, we will still be able to…

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2 Articles: Separating Consultants from Coaches

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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A Day on the Job: Business Coach (2007)

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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List of Meaningless Business Coaching Words

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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Sounds Reasonable

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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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