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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 […]
The 3 Keys To Attracting Your Successors – and keeping the talent
by Tony Vidler It is one thing to atract talent to your firm, it is quite another to attract successors with the right talent though. Many financial advisory firms see the need to create leverage and handle their own succession issues through recruiting new advisory talent but struggle to do it successfully. The main […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the best ways to improve results for your firm is to coach your people to greater levels of professional and personal success, rather than merely “managing” them. There is a huge difference between coaching and managing…and while managing has its place, it is actually only one aspect of […]
Anchors away! How to work out which clients to drop
by Tony Vidler More clients is good, right? How many are enough for a typical adviser though? 1,000? 2,000? 200? And then the plan is “drop some clients, and build it back to up whatever the ideal number is/was with better clients.” Let’s begin by challenging a big myth pervading many practices, being that […]
by Tony Vidler My advice to staff and advisers alike may seem odd….”get out and make more mistakes” Dangerous advice! Reckless even perhaps…. …however it is the best way to grow. It is also the only way to innovate or to implement anything you’ve imagined as a possibility. Finding new ways or trying […]