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A Value Creation Model For Advisory Firms
by Tony Vidler        “Innovate or die” said Peter Drucker.  Innovation is of course about finding new ways to create value.   Have financial advisers been innovating in recent years?  Have they been finding new ways to create value?  If not, does it mean they are slowly slipping towards their commercial death?   Many have […]
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Differentiate By Building A Strong Promise
by Tony Vidler        There are notable differences between high growth professional firms and others when it comes to differentiating themselves.  How they choose to express their value and stand out is quite different to the mainstream.   Undoubtedly the average or low growth firms inability to express what their difference is in relation to […]
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Strategic vision for financial advisor
Are you just swimming in circles, or do you have a strategy?
by Tony Vidler        Where do you begin with designing a business strategy?   It isn’t quite as hard as you may think….   First, you need to decide what you want to be known for, which then makes it relatively easy to work out  where you need to compete in the market place.   In […]
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Focus On 3 Things To Make Next Year The Best Year Ever
by Tony Vidler        There are so many things you COULD plan to work on to improve next year, but what REALLY matters?   It is easy to get caught up in making lots and lots of plans and goals and arranging to be incredibly busy working “on” your business to accelerate its growth, but […]
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Do you actually have a Strategy?
by Tony Vidler        I get it: coming up with a competitive strategy can be hard.  But it is even harder if you don’t know what “strategy” is to begin with.  And if you don’t what strategy is and haven’t deliberately decided what yours is, then you are destined to bob along in the general stream […]
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What A Practice Needs In Order To Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth.  Some want a business which just produces a steady income, or a job, and that’s ok.  If on the other hand you aspire to have a high growth firm there are a couple of pretty important strategic decisions to nail.   […]
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Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler        Emulate “the Private Bankers” is the sage advice of Dr Phillip M. Randall for advisers when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients.   I had the pleasure of spending a little […]
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Should Advisers Be Selling Coffee Instead Of Client Service?
by Tony Vidler        Do you remember when petrol stations competed on client service?   Fundamentally they were all selling the same basic commodity, at about the same price, to anyone who drove up.  That included the regulars who lived in the area and who had high lifetime value and the out-of-towners cruising through who just […]
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The Ideal Practice: Balancing Your Needs & The Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler        Heresy: The Professionals’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants. It shouldn’t be heresy to say this aloud of course…. But; the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it?  After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]
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The 3 Barriers To Adviser Business Success (& one can be deadly)
by Tony Vidler        There are 3 distinct barriers every adviser must manage in their career.  Each of them is a defining point which can see the end of the advisory career….but Barrier 3 is where most founders flounder.   Barrier 1 is simply getting enough new business and clients to earn a living and survive […]
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