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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 […]
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 […]
10 Reasons why an Advisory Practice just stays “practicing”
by Tony Vidler Finally I’ve worked it out after years of wondering why a “Practice” is called a “Practice”. I think it is because the business is mostly practicing to be a business. When a “practice” has made it everyone calls it “a firm”. THE common denominator in a Practice appears to be […]
by Tony Vidler There are a number of traps that professionals consistently fall into when selling (or buying) a book of business. The mistakes are so consistent and prevalent that there is are some golden rules evolving on how to make sure any sale is successful. The Top 5 are: 1. Get […]
by Tony Vidler Succession planning is a major issue with an ageing adviser force, many of whom are wondering how to get their decades of accumulated equity out for their own retirement in the next 10 years. The most popular strategy for making that happen is find somebody who will come into the practice, learn […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler To make the transition from being a great adviser with a good job to a great adviser with a great practice there are a number of key decision points and areas which have to be done well. Get them right, and in the right order, and a great professional practice is […]
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 […]
Great Returns Come From Investing Time In Your People
by Tony Vidler Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing that time in their people. Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders […]
Many financial services firms & advisers have mistaken asset allocation calculator questionnaires for risk tolerance tests.
Here are 10 common myths about risk tolerance.