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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 […]
by Tony Vidler In times of great change, as we are currently facing, there is a prevailing thought amongst most business owners or managers that they are responsible for making the necessary internal changes to deal with all those external changes. Apart from the risk to the sanity and health of anyone running a practice […]
by Tony Vidler One of the best management tools anyone has is the Key Performance Indicator – or KPI – as it has the potential to drive the right behaviors that lead to the right results for a practice. The caveat to that is that the KPI’s must actually be about the right things. […]
During the financial crisis, IFA.com urged clients not to react but simply rebalance periodically as before. The difference in returns enjoyed by clients who listened to the advice and those who didn't is staggering