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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 […]
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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 […]
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How do you know when you have a “great practice”?
by Tony Vidler        I was given this question in the headline recently and the quick answer is:   “When it is delivering the income and lifestyle that you imagined.”   However, that benchmark is perhaps misleading.  It is potentially an incomplete answer as simply obtaining the lifestyle and income that you want from your […]
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5 Tips for selling, or buying, a practice.
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
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 […]
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The Ideal Practice: Balancing Your Needs & The Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler        Heresy: The Professionals’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants. It shouldn’t be heresy to say this aloud of course…. But; the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it?  After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]
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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 […]
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This is how a Great Practice is built
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 […]
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