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succession-planning
Successful Succession: Lay Out A Career Path
by Tony Vidler        Succession planning is a major issue with an ageing adviser force, many of whom are wondering how to get their decades of accumulated equity out for their own retirement in the next 10 years.  The most popular strategy for making that happen is find somebody who will come into the practice, learn […]
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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler        There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve.  It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
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business-disruption
Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler        Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution.  Generally disruption occurs with new market entrants, product innovation, shifting strategic focus on the part of suppliers in relation to control or autonomy of distributors….but disruption has typically come from within the industry itself.   Many years ago I read a piece of […]
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client-management
What do you have to change to keep clients?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers know that changes to our business are coming thick and fast, and advisers know that clients are changing in their expectations of service, solutions and experiences.  So what do we have to change in order to keep our clients   Probably everything that we have taken for granted for years has to […]
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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount their fees, as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with highly specialised and valuable knowledge to someone simply selling hours of billable time in a consumers mind. […]
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Great Returns Come From Investing Time In Your People
by Tony Vidler        Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing that time in their people.   Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders […]
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Creating Happy Clients Is Not Enough
by Tony Vidler        Creating and keeping happy clients IS essential for the success of a professional practice.  There is no question about that.  But is it enough to help a practice grow at a greater than industry average pace?   I don’t believe so.   Being a great practitioner and running an efficient & […]
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What You Reward Must Be What You Value, right?
by Tony Vidler        Perhaps the greatest challenge for practices wishing to grow their people, profitability and professional standards is determining what behaviour to reward.  And what you reward must be a reflection of what you really value in your business, right?   Why is it that so many firms reward nothing more than a […]
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Penny-Pinching IT Madness in Professional Practices
by Tony Vidler        Professionals keep getting their fingers caught in the trap of “penny pinching”, and nowhere does this appear to be more prevalent than when it comes to using IT to guard their IP.   Everyone has heard the saying: “If you think an expensive mechanic is bad, just try and hire a […]
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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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