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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 […]
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10 Reasons why an Advisory Practice just stays “practicing”
by Tony Vidler        Finally I’ve worked it out after years of wondering why a “Practice” is called a “Practice”. I think it is because the business is mostly practicing to be a business.  When a “practice” has made it everyone calls it “a firm”.   THE common denominator in a Practice appears to be […]
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5 Tips for selling, or buying, a practice.
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 […]
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How High Growth Firms Become Above Average
by Tony Vidler        A constant question from average professional services firms is “how do high growth firms do it differently?” It is certainly a question worth asking, as the performance difference is often dramatic. There are many things that high growth firms do differently and better than the market average of course, not least […]
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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. […]
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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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Tactics For Growing An Advice Business
by Tony Vidler        Just about every professional says they want to be growing their business….they want fresh ideas; the business satisfaction of solving new problems for new people; they want to do something NEW.   When you ask whether they want new business or whether they want new clients, there is usually a delicate […]
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Selling “Change” In Your Practice Is a Process
by Tony Vidler        In times of great change, as we are currently facing, there is a prevailing thought amongst most business owners or managers that they are responsible for making the necessary internal changes to deal with all those external changes.  Apart from the risk to the sanity and health of anyone running a practice […]
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What A Practice Needs In Order To Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth.  Some want a business which just produces a steady income, or a job, and that’s ok.  If on the other hand you aspire to have a high growth firm there are a couple of pretty important strategic decisions to nail.   […]
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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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