How Automated Are Your Operations?

[ Blackboard Fridays Ep. 131 ]
by Jacob Aldridge Published

Did you know that when the lightning rod was invented, fundamentalist religious types argued against its application: if God intended to strike a building with lightning, then who were we to get in the way?! I'm sure if we went back far enough, we'd find a zealot arguing against the printing press because, darn it, books are meant to smell like the tireless sweat of a transcribing monk.

So it may be true that the pace of tech change is happening faster than ever before ... but the resistance sounds familiar, and remains just as futile. The question then isn't "Should I implement email/ a website/ automation?" but rather "How and when can I do this profitably?"

Now, I'm no tech savant. Unless you are and you love testing unproven technology, my recommendation is to take only proven changes and choose your context (or purpose) for their application in your business.

In this week's episode we dive deeper into the topic of Automation ... and in particular, I want to focus on how the promise of technology fits with the existing human-centric approaches of Outsourcing and Offshoring. Maybe the answer is a Xero API ... maybe the answer is a better accountant.

You can watch this week's episode here.

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Over the past 12 years, more than 300 active growth businesses in Australia, the UK, and Asia-Pacific have worked with Jacob in his role as an international business coach, partner and advisor.

As the Head of Advisory at businessDEPOT, Jacob continues to work one-on-one with SME businesses and directors, while also leading the development of our Strategic Advisory services across Workshops, Group Programs, and Online business guidance.

Jacob's alumni clients and those who have attended his presentations describe him as the smart and quirky business guy who makes genuine change happen. He brings business experience that impacts both profit and valuation, plus a unique energy borne from the belief that business is best when it's fun.

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