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buying a financial planning business
What you need to know if you’re going to buy to grow
by Tony Vidler        As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”.  Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice.     The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1.  Get new […]
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Professional Positioning Powers Elite Performance
by Tony Vidler        The elite performing financial advisers are substantially better at positioning themselves professionally than average advisers are.   That positioning really pays off too: surveys suggest that they get 2.5 X MORE business from new clients than average advisers.  And to really highlight the performance difference they are getting vastly higher business levels […]
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How To Coach Your People To Greater Success
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 […]
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Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it.  […]
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“Get out and make more mistakes”
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 […]
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Setting The Right KPI’s Drives The Right Results
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. […]
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Successful Succession: Lay Out A Career Path
by Tony Vidler        Succession planning is a major issue with an ageing adviser force, many of whom are wondering how to get their decades of accumulated equity out for their own retirement in the next 10 years.  The most popular strategy for making that happen is find somebody who will come into the practice, learn […]
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The 6 Steps To Growing Your People
by Tony Vidler        Introducing leverage into a professional services firm is most often done through adding people, and growing the people leads to growing the firm.   Finding and developing the right people is one of the greatest challenges for professional services firms, and also one of the greatest opportunities it has for creating […]
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Why Your People Fail You
by Tony Vidler        Working with a very good adviser recently who has just taken on staff of his own for the first time in his career he asked me if I could get his new people up to speed for him, as they weren’t quite working out as he would like.  They were failing […]
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Are You (or your people) Coachable?
by Tony Vidler        I didn’t use to ask this question, but I do now when contemplating taking on new clients:   “I can coach, but are You Coachable?”   It’s a tough question perhaps.  It is certainly a confronting question at the very least.  But is an absolutely necessary question.   It is also […]
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