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Your brilliance doesn’t matter as much as who you know
by Tony Vidler        There’s too much emphasis now placed upon “what you know“. I know…I know…heresy!   But here’s a radical thought: most professional advisers today actually know enough.  Sure, we always need to improve and there’s always more to learn and continuous learning is simply a part of being a professional…BUT…the balance between […]
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Which would you rather be: a Brilliant Technician, and bored, or the Orchestrator running the show?
by Tony Vidler        Professional development is all the rage…the regulators and the professional associations and training providers in the compliance space are all putting it top of mind continuously.  And virtually all of them have an extremely narrow focus when it comes to the concept of developing a professional.   Virtually no emphasis upon […]
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The Strategic Approach To Practice Development
by Tony Vidler        For any professional services business to realise it’s full potential the owner must take a strategic approach to the development of the practice.  In doing so there are 3 general areas of the firm which drive growth and value of the business, and each of those has some sub-sections.   The […]
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The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler        We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business”.  Regulators, politicians, consumer groups, product manufacturers…competing business models that look to bypass advice entirely….all of them are making a lot of noise about how advice delivery can be improved.   Much of what they say has merit of course, […]
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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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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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