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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 9 Building Blocks of a Business Which Will Stand the Test Of Time
by Tony Vidler When it comes to building something to last the ancient civilisations can teach us a thing or two. Anybody who has had the privilege of seeing the Great Pyramids up close will recall how perfectly symmetrical and “in balance” they are from a distance as you approach them. When you are […]
6 Things Banks Taught Us About Building A Super Profitable Business
by Tony Vidler It seems obvious, yet somehow it isn’t. The more you know about your customers the more business you can do with them. Can. Not “will do with them”….but “can”. Market and customer intelligence provides potential business opportunities – if you are able to act upon it. Take a tip […]
R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler In challenging times growing an advisory practice is incredibly difficult, and one of the methods has become conventional wisdom – but that doesn’t mean it is right in these days of fundamental and structural change. The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, Minder […]
How are you planning to differentiate and stand out?
by Tony Vidler You have to differentiate to stand out and attract business…but where do you do that. How do you do that? Well, it begins by thinking strategically about where you want to do it. I remembering reading way back in one of the academic tomes on marketing that there were 5 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the toughest things for professional services firms to do – especially those that operate in the advice space – is settle on a strategy to guide the decisions in building the business. It is helpful to consider strategy from a very broad perspective to begin with, and settle […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]