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Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly. Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it? Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler There is a “pathway to greatness as an adviser”…and it’s an evolutionary journey, but one where the adviser largely controls how long it takes to evolve. The professionals who consistently achieve exponential growth and performance results are superb on at least one of the following: know their clients personal lives incredibly […]
by Tony Vidler Given some of the trends beginning to take shape in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value an advisory firm. The short answer to what is an accurate value will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you are willing […]
Work out where the real money is in your book of business
by Tony Vidler Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not. Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost. Each therefore has varying profitability, […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler It may seem an obvious question to many however understanding who the most valuable clients are to a firm is not actually universally known it seems. There is often an innate understanding of who they are however it is often not underpinned by any analysis. Even when there is, and […]
If you have repeated problems, you need a process!
by Tony Vidler For financial advisory firms the word “process” has become synonymous with “best practice advice”, but good process is so much more than just a compliant and well-documented series of advice documents. Process is what builds franchise businesses. Process is what creates turnkey operations that are highly valued by prospective purchasers. […]
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 […]