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Even Great Advisers Can Use A Coach
by Tony Vidler        Great advisers can use a coach.  Even great advisers running great practices can use a coach.   Pretty bold assertions, right? I mean, after all, we are talking about people who are actually pretty damned good at what they do AND they are good at running the business as well.   […]
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Getting Strategic Clarity Follows The Same Process As Giving Advice
by Tony Vidler        The most important business-building step is having a well-defined strategy, yet strategy is one of the most misunderstood concepts in professional services.  It is an area that many advisory firms struggle with, and frequently find themselves without any clearly defined strategy for how they will achieve their business objectives.  That is […]
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Why Your Staff Fail You
by Tony Vidler        It isn’t terribly unusual to find advisers taking on staff and being disappointed reasonably quickly, as the staff fail to deliver quite what the adviser expected or was  hoping for….   So why do your people fail you?   I don’t believe they do usually….I think we fail them.   Let’s […]
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Investing Time In Your People Gives Great Returns
by Tony Vidler        Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing time in people.   Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders own people […]
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The 4 Key Levers That Create Great Capital Value For An Advisory Firm
by Tony Vidler        Creating great capital value for a professional services firm is usually one of the owners primary objectives as they more often than not see their business value as a critical part of their own financial independence.   Building a profitable business is obviously essential, and it is a more valuable profitable […]
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The 3 Elements To Hiring An Adviser Successfully
by Tony Vidler        Hiring an adviser to join the team is one of the biggest (and most expensive) steps that any adviser takes in growing their practice.   It is expensive in financial terms, in time, and most importantly in energy and stress. Getting it right is soooooo hard….and getting it wrong happens so […]
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What You Reward Must Be What You Value, right?
by Tony Vidler        Perhaps the greatest challenge for practices wishing to grow their people, profitability and professional standards is determining what you reward.  And that’s about what you value.  What behaviours you reward must be a reflection of what you really value in your business, right?   Why is it that so many firms […]
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Big Wins Come From Being Decisive
by Tony Vidler        Paralysis from analysis is generally an achilles heel of professional services it seems, and amidst all the change and carnage of financial advice simply being decisive can be a winning difference for practice owners.   Indecision is prevalent at the moment, with the opaque nature of ongoing regulatory reform in many […]
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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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“Uber”-ise to transform a good practice into a GREAT business
by Tony Vidler        The million-dollar-question for financial advisers (literally!) is:   “How do I go about leveraging a good professional practice into a great business that is worth heaps?”   Answer: Uber-ise it.   The inherent assumption in this question is that one already has a good professional practice, so let’s take that as […]
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