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Getting Strategic Clarity For Your Practice Is Just Like Giving Advice
by Tony Vidler        The most important business-building step is having a well-defined strategy, yet strategy is one of the most misunderstood concepts in professional services.  It is an area that many advisory firms struggle with, and frequently find themselves without any clearly defined strategy for how they will achieve their business objectives.  That is […]
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Why Your People Fail You
by Tony Vidler        Working with a very good adviser recently who has just taken on staff of his own for the first time in his career he asked me if I could get his new people up to speed for him, as they weren’t quite working out as he would like.  They were failing […]
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This 1 Thing Could Lose You More Than 50% Of Your Clients
by Tony Vidler        For just about any practitioner to lose 56% of their clients in a year would be a disaster.  It is enough to jeopardise a practice entirely of course, but even in a best case scenario it will hurt horribly, and for quite a long time.   It is a very real […]
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Advisory Firm’s That Are “Going Out Of Business” Without Even Realising It
by Tony Vidler        I have a strong sense that a lot of advisory firms are “going out of business” at the moment and don’t even realise it.   Markets are going well, and commission and fee rates are still at the high end of the scale, and there are still plenty of consumers using […]
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Begin Within: The FIRST Place To Market Your Firm
by Tony Vidler        The first place for any professional to market their firm and their own expertise is inside their own practice.   Begin Within.  It is where you will have the most receptive environment for refining your value proposition, and where you can “field tests” campaign and promotional ideas, and most importantly, it […]
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Cyborgs are the future for Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Becoming cyborgs is the way to go for financial advisers…blending robotics and humans into one organism.   You see, I am convinced that robo-advice models will succeed and prosper. I am also convinced that human advisers will succeed and prosper.   I am further convinced that some of each will fail […]
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Big Wins Come From Being Decisive
by Tony Vidler        Paralysis from analysis is an achilles heel of professional services it seems, and there is a general need for leaders to be more decisive if they want big wins in business.   Indecision is prevalent at the moment, with uncertain political and macroeconomic factors, the opaque nature of ongoing regulatory reform […]
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The Customer Is NOT King
by Tony Vidler        The mantra of “customer is king” is rubbish.  And I keep hearing it from professionals as if it were a commandment which, if breached, will send you straight to hell.   A King or Queen supposedly has absolute control. While we know that may not be constitutionally correct in most countries […]
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Client Segmentation – done commercially!
by Tony Vidler        It is logical to do a bit of client segmentation so that you can figure out what levels of service can be offered to which clients profitably.  The funny thing is that most of the time it is the “profitably” part that gets lost in the client categorisation process….   While […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference
by Tony Vidler        Talking recently with some institutional people the topic of differentiating, or competing successfully, in financial services was raised and I suggested that there were just 5 key areas that one must consider competing in.   To truly excel and outperform the competition I believe that you need to aim to be […]
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