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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve. It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
by Tony Vidler Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance. However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses, Now
by Tony Vidler For most of my advisory career there has been a very real opportunity for advisers to operate “lifestyle” businesses. It has enabled them to largely choose when they will work; who they will work with; and how much they will earn. It has cost little to run and required virtually no […]
Using Practice Technology As A Competitive Advantage
by Tony Vidler In professional services everyone is looking for a competitive edge, and how we implement and use practice technology is an area that often has untapped potential to provide us with business advantages over the competition. When it comes to deciding HOW you wish to compete strategically there are not that […]
by Tony Vidler I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too. All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though. Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise? I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
by Tony Vidler “Two Ears but only one mouth”…blah blah blah…sales training 101, right? We know how important it is to “listen” to clients, and we know the danger of losing touch with what they want and what they are thinking. Every single professional has lost good clients at some point simply because […]
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 […]