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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 […]
Being clear about what matters most actually matters most
by Tony Vidler Sometimes contracts just don’t provide clarity for the people who work for you. And Being clear about what matters for them, matters more than just about anything else when it comes to getting the best from your people. When you are running a professional services business there is one thing […]
Your brilliance doesn’t matter as much as who you know
by Tony Vidler There’s too much emphasis now placed upon “what you know“. I know…I know…heresy! But here’s a radical thought: most professional advisers today actually know enough. Sure, we always need to improve and there’s always more to learn and continuous learning is simply a part of being a professional…BUT…the balance between […]
Which would you rather be: a Brilliant Technician, and bored, or the Orchestrator running the show?
by Tony Vidler Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously. And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional. Virtually no emphasis upon […]
by Tony Vidler For any professional services business to realise it’s full potential the owner must take a strategic approach to the development of the practice. In doing so there are 3 general areas of the firm which drive growth and value of the business, and each of those has some sub-sections. The […]
by Tony Vidler A constant question from average professional services firms is “how do high growth firms do it differently?” It is certainly a question worth asking, as the performance difference is often dramatic. There are many things that high growth firms do differently and better than the market average of course, not least […]
by Tony Vidler In the perpetual search for new ways to get new clients many professional service firms overlook a really obvious, and incredibly lucrative, way of getting new business. That is getting other businesses to send their new clients to you. Unlike Center-Of-Influence (COI) marketing where an individual directs individual potential new […]
The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business”. Regulators, politicians, consumer groups, product manufacturers…competing business models that look to bypass advice entirely….all of them are making a lot of noise about how advice delivery can be improved. Much of what they say has merit of course, […]
by Tony Vidler Content Creation appears to be the Number 1 barrier for professionals wanting to use digital marketing tactics. Inevitably I seem to hear “……Yeah, I think social media would be useful….but I have nothing to write about and nothing to say….” Creating content is an issue. Just as big an […]
Are You AND Your People Clear About What YOU Want?
by Tony Vidler Pretty much everyone running a business hates having to come up with job descriptions for their staff. A statement which may have been correct at a moment in time to describe a role, and the role is subject to constant change…they are pretty much a waste of time as means of […]