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The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]
Practice Development: The Danger Of Promoting A Competent Adviser
by Tony Vidler A genuine danger in practice development is promoting a competent adviser to a role which they are unable to perform well in. In any organisation there is a real risk that a person is encouraged to rise to their level of incompetence. This is just as true for the self […]
New Thinking In Professional Development For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler One of the positive changes for financial advisers in this part of the world in the last year was a broadening of what can be considered Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Now, instead of solely focussing upon technical learning, we are entering a regime where advisers have to map out their own […]
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 […]
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 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 Managing other revenue producers inside your practice is a heck of a challenge, even if you’ve got history as a sales manager. For many practitioners developing their own practice that experience of building and developing a team – and developing the individual producers within a team – is a venture into […]
by Tony Vidler Introducing leverage into a professional services firm is most often done through adding people, and growing the people leads to growing the firm. Finding and developing the right people is one of the greatest challenges for professional services firms, and also one of the greatest opportunities it has for creating […]
by Tony Vidler I didn’t use to ask this question, but I do now 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. It is also […]
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 […]