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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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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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Here is how to work out WHERE to compete in the market
by Tony Vidler        A problem for many of todays professionals is figuring where to compete in the market…or rather, which area of expertise or service offering to lead with in their marketing efforts.   Once the target market clients have been worked out (so we know who we want to appeal to) we have […]
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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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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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Focus: The key to work-life balance for advisers
by Tony Vidler        Focus.  It is one of the noticeable differences between those who are successful, and those who are frustrated.  The ability to focus on the things that matter that is often what separates them.   It is hardly surprising either given that it is definitely harder to be a successful financial adviser […]
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“Uber”-ise a good practice into a GREAT business
by Tony Vidler        The million-dollar-question (literally!) is:   “How do I go about leveraging a good professional practice into a great commercial enterprise?”   Answer: Uber-ise it.   The inherent assumption in this question is that one already has a good professional practice, so let’s take that as a given for this discussion.  (If […]
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How to work with multiple COI’s in the same sector
by Tony Vidler        Is it possible to work successfully with multiple COI’s (centre’s of influence) from the same sector?  Many professionals would say “no”…or they do to me anyway.  The feeling is that if the COI’s are competitors then one has to choose just one to work with.   That is partially true – […]
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Where are the marketing opportunities to stand out?
by Tony Vidler        Finding the right opportunities to build trust and connection with consumers who don’t know you yet, but who are thinking of engaging with someone like you, is the perennial marketing challenge.   But where are those opportunities to do it well, and differently, for todays professional?   It is helpful to […]
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