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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Just one question should be dominating practitioners minds at this stage of the year: How will next year be better? HOW is the critical word here. Professionals are great at setting goals and targets. They are great at analysing and doing the numbers that tell them what activity at the […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler It is our livelihood in many respects, yet one of the vaguest phrases we use is “personal service”. What is a personal service is not necessarily the same as a personalised service, and what is personal to one client may not be deemed as a personal service to another. So […]
by Tony Vidler Great alliances with other businesses will enhance your marketing and brand and put you in front of more ideal prospects. There is a tendency however for everyone to go after the same sort of alliances, and it is very helpful to look beyond the obvious as there are an enormous number […]
The Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professional Advisers This Week
by Tony Vidler Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead. These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they […]