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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 […]
by Tony Vidler If you want the right results in a practice you have to set the right KPI’s because what you reward determines what behaviour you get, and what behaviour you get is determined by how your people see themselves being measured. One of the best measurement tools any manager can have is […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Introducing leverage into a professional services firm is most often done through adding people, and growing your people leads to growing your 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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Here is a question we should ask 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…even if we don’t ask the client directly, it […]
This is why many Advisers (and practices) do not grow
by Tony Vidler Growing productivity – or getting financial advisers to grow themselves and their business capability – appears to be a problem no matter who you talk to in financial services. And it doesn’t need to be. All too often the lack of growth in production levels by advisers or the lack […]
Peer-To-Peer Marketing: it’s just one Business Owner to another
by Tony Vidler Research keeps telling us that peer-to-peer marketing, or old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising and recommendations, is still the most effective form of marketing there is. Virtually no discriminating consumer today trusts advertising – and virtually all consumers who are prospective professional services clients are discriminating in that they are increasingly selective, wary […]
To grow your practice, “Get out and make more mistakes”
by Tony Vidler You want to grow your practice, right? Well my first piece of advice may seem odd but it is this: “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 […]
The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]