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The 4 Actions Needed To Create A Personal Service System That Pays Off
by Tony Vidler        An ongoing challenge for any service business is to create “Mass Personalisation”, or something akin to a factory production line that delivers constant quality efficiently, but which still feels personal to the end user.   In professional services it is creating and efficient and affordable business system that allow mass actions […]
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Do you REALLY want to be a Great Adviser?
by Tony Vidler         An adviser told me that they wanted to be “great”…a GREAT adviser.  My immediate thought was would you prefer being considered “great” to having a great business, because you might be able to have both, but then, you might not either.  Then I thought “isn’t it healthier and far more enjoyable to […]
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That Tech Competitor Threat Is Really An Opportunity For Some Advisers
by Tony Vidler        The robo-advice “threat” is an opportunity for entrepreneurial advisers…as is every other direct-to-consumer offering driven by fintechs. The more I think about it the more certain I am that some advisory firms will prosper from it…but I am just as sure that many will “fail” due to the competition.  By “fail” […]
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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 […]
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Practice Growth Requires Leadership More Than Management
by Tony Vidler        The most frequent thing I see that prevents great practice growth and holds advisers back from developing their dream business is a lack of vision.   I don’t mean “vision” in the namby-pamby buzz-word sense of having a beautiful set of words on a plaque on a wall that nobody really cares […]
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The 9 Building Blocks of a Business Which Will Stand the Test Of Time
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to building something to last the ancient civilisations can teach us a thing or two.  Anybody who has had the privilege of seeing the Great Pyramids up close will recall how perfectly symmetrical and “in balance” they are from a distance as you approach them.  When you are […]
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Advisers Have To Be Effective AND Efficient Now
by Tony Vidler        Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective, or being efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient?  Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both.   In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless […]
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5 Things You Need To Do Before Buying A Practice
by Tony Vidler        Buying a practice or buying another advisers book of business is, or will be, a really hot topic given the dramatic regulatory changes happening and the proportion of existing financial advisers who just don’t want to go through a few more years of change.   For manyt advisers buying another practice or […]
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The Challenge For The Adviser As A Coach
by Tony Vidler        Coaching is about changing behaviour in order to change results.  Advising is telling people what, and perhaps how, something should be done.  Advising is basically “having the answer” and telling someone what it is in its most simple form.  Coaching is a blend of telling and teaching, monitoring and managing, and, […]
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Compliance: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler         Whenever the topic of the “advice process”, or compliance, comes up most advisers imagine themselves as the plane in this picture: Compiance is largely considered a burden – albeit a necessary one.  As is usually the way of these things a substantial body of documentation has blossomed over the years which […]
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