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New Adviser Hires: getting the relationship right
by Tony Vidler One of the most common options for leveraging your professional practice is more adviser hires, however getting more advisers is itself is often a path to frustration and disappointment for business owners because it simply has not been thought through. Everyone begins with great intent: the owner really does want new […]
2 things to look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant
by Tony Vidler As cost pressures mount and margins decrease for many professional service firms they are increasingly looking to hire “virtual” staff. That is, staff who are not necessarily permanently on the payroll, and definitely not permanently on the premises needing “housing”. India and the Philippines are probably leading the charge in providing […]
10 Reasons why an Advisory Practice just stays “practicing”
by Tony Vidler Why is an Advisory Practice called a “Practice”? I think it is because more often than not the business is mostly practicing to be a business. When a “practice” has actually made it then everyone calls it “a firm”. THE common denominator in a Practice appears to be that the Principle, […]
Not all clients are equal…well, not equal value anyway
by Tony Vidler Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not. Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost. Each therefore has varying profitability, and […]
by Tony Vidler The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective. An effective report gets the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily. It will engage, motivate and rapidly […]
The biggest personal productivity killer for Advisers
by Tony Vidler Everyone would like to have better business results for less work, and have more time away from the business. Personal productivity – or business efficiency if you prefer – matters, and there are a host of things that can kill it, but there is one really big killer of productivity. It […]
by Tony Vidler So many advisory firms do not realise their potential, and the top mistakes which hold them back are more often than not nothing to with their ability to be great advisers. They tend to fall into the category of being basic commercial mistakes. So the main mistakes that advice businesses keep […]
The times are a changin’…Business as usual is a dead end!
by Tony Vidler The difference between any two professional practices filled with well qualified and well meaning people is usually that a different culture exists in each. All businesses develop a “way we do things here” over time…whether they meant to or not. A culture evolves within the business…whether you wanted it to or […]
High Growth Advisory Firms Do Marketing Differently
by Tony Vidler High growth advisory firms do many things differently, but in marketing they tend to do something VERY different to the norm. We can’t ignore that it takes many differences to achieve outstanding results, not least of which is a difference in attitude and focus. Simply maintaining a relentless focus on being […]
by Tony Vidler Buying a “bread making machine” provided fantastic insight into the value of “listening”. Specifically, how listening to customers leads to innovation which in turn can lead to decades of prosperity for a business. The particular brand of bread-maker that was deemed absolutely essential to our household is made by an Australian […]