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Bring Back The Long Lunch…it will be good for your business!
by Tony Vidler        Tom Peters suggested many years ago that one of the most effective marketing activities a professional could engage in were weekday lunches. 250 of them in fact over the course of the year.     That is perhaps a bit excessive in today’s environment (and for ageing waistlines), but the concept […]
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Are Your Clients Or Staff Coachable?
by Tony Vidler        Here is a question we should ask when contemplating taking on new clients:   “I can coach, but are You Coachable?”   It’s a tough question perhaps.  It is certainly a confronting question at the very least.  But is an absolutely necessary question…even if we don’t ask the client directly, it […]
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How does culture create lasting success?
by Tony Vidler          If you doubt that culture can create lasting success, then consider this: Imagine a sports team (or club if you prefer) that competed continuously for well over 100 years and during that time had a winning record against all comers of over 83%?  The best that every nation on earth can […]
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This is why many Advisers (and practices) do not grow
by Tony Vidler        Growing productivity – or getting financial advisers to grow themselves and their business capability – appears to be a problem no matter who you talk to in financial services.  And it doesn’t need to be.   All too often the lack of growth in production levels by advisers or the lack […]
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How to get customers enthused when our products are boring
by Tony Vidler        How can we create or transfer enthusiasm to a customer when: Our products are as boring as the boring-est thing ever. The Value that customers receive from financial services products could be years and years and years away….if “physical value” actually ever turns up at all Our products are as boring as the […]
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What to do when team members are under-performing
by Tony Vidler        Inevitably there will be a time when one or some of your team are under-performing.  Not under-performing to the point where the decision to terminate them is actually quite easy, but under-performing to the point where it is just aggravating because you just feel that they should be doing better. Figuring […]
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How to go about creating the RIGHT Strategic Alliance
by Tony Vidler        A good strategic alliance or two can be the thing that makes success for a professional services firm.  It can be a complete game changer.   In fact it is so important to get right that the key to finding and forging the right strategic alliance is thinking strategically to begin […]
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The problem with Professional Development programs
by Tony Vidler Most training programmes for financial advisers end up being vaguely disappointing for the participants. Often the feeling is that the training is a bit too academic or theoretical and hard to implement in one’s practice…but the real reason why training fails is because it doesn’t address all the necessary components.  In order […]
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Which CRM is right for you?
by Tony Vidler        I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?”  It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another.   The problem is that for a financial […]
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Maybe this is an opportunity: Picking a good financial adviser is harder than ever for consumers
by Tony Vidler        Choosing a good financial adviser has always been a bit of a leap of faith for consumers I guess, but picking one today is harder than ever.   With the tendency to use search to screen possible contenders, and with most contenders having to use the same acronyms and titles and so on, […]
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