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The Difference That Clear Strategy Makes In A Practice
by Tony Vidler Having a clear strategy is probably the most misunderstood concept in professional services. The business often has a Vision. A clear picture of what it wants to look like, and what success means to the owners. The business often is excellent at Operational Planning. Perhaps because we are trained as planners […]
The 3 Keys To Attracting Your Successors – and keeping the talent
by Tony Vidler It is one thing to atract talent to your firm, it is quite another to attract successors with the right talent though. Many financial advisory firms see the need to create leverage and handle their own succession issues through recruiting new advisory talent but struggle to do it successfully. The main […]
by Tony Vidler The perpetual worry for financial advisers in the often over-regulated environment is “how can I be sure that my advice will pass the test?” The concern is understandable given that policymakers typically do not understand the difficulty of applying any sort of objective assessment of suitability to professional opinions – which […]
Grow Great People If You Want To Grow A Great Business
by Tony Vidler It is terribly simplified of course, but if you want to grow a great business then you need to grow some great people at some point in the process. If we want to learn how to grow great people then it seems a good idea to think about how the people who […]
Professional Practice Evolution: What Separates Modern Professionals From The Past?
by Tony Vidler There are lessons to be learned from the evolution of the modern professional practice for those who are not there yet. There is also no doubt that a number of financial advisers and practices are still evolving, or yet to begin the journey if they are to avoid being rendered redundant. When […]
There are 2 big questions before you fire a client.
by Tony Vidler I encourage you to try this: fire a client. It is liberating, and it moves your thinking and sense of self worth onto a different professional plane. Pretty much everyone who has been in professional practice for more than a year has at least one or two clients who are just a […]
Practice Growth Requires Leadership More Than Management
by Tony Vidler The most frequent thing I see that prevents great practice growth and holds advisers back from developing their dream business is a lack of vision. I don’t mean “vision” in the namby-pamby buzz-word sense of having a beautiful set of words on a plaque on a wall that nobody really cares […]
by Tony Vidler What you think is the problem is not always actually the problem. Sometimes the person is the problem. Sometimes, maybe, the client is the problem rather than you. Before talking about clients though allow me to use a non-client example. Picture the scene: a partner in a practice is telling me […]
by Tony Vidler A Clients are just your best ones, right? Why? The concept of segmenting clients into different categories is driven by the desire to introduce efficiency into a practice while recognising that not all clients are of equal commercial value to the firm. It is also a way of recognising that not […]
The "service" bit in your service business just might be the best ROI
by Tony Vidler The standout burning issue for most professional services firms remains attracting and developing new business, and advisers have a lot of distractions. The thing that is often compromised is existing client service as advisers deal with all the change and try to remain commercially viable. Yet, the most valuable investment […]