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Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses. Now.
by Tony Vidler        Financial advisers really need to invest more into their practices. Now.  More money, more thinking, more strategy….more leverage.  Even those who have been investing probably need to invest more. For decades financial advisers have been able to to operate “lifestyle” businesses.  It has enabled them to largely choose when they will […]
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What Is The Plan To Thrive Amidst All The Change?
by Tony Vidler        Is there a cunning plan for your practice to thrive amidst the changes coming at the financial advice sector from all directions? What is the plan then? What is the strategy? Those 2 questions might look like the same question, but they are not quite.  The cunning idea, or the strategy, is […]
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Grow Great People If You Want To Grow A Great Business
by Tony Vidler        It is terribly simplified of course, but if you want to grow a great business then you need to grow some great people at some point in the process.  If we want to learn how to grow great people then it seems a good idea to think about how the people who […]
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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 professional help […]
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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 about. […]
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The 9 Business Building Blocks Which Will Stand the Test Of Time
by Tony Vidler        To create a firm which will last you need the right business building blocks, or the foundations if you like. When it comes to building something to last the ancient civilisations can teach us a thing or two about the building blocks of a business.  Anybody who has had the privilege […]
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R.I.P. To Some Accepted Wisdom For Growing A Practice
by Tony Vidler        In good times growing a practice is difficult enough 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 for the industry. The concept of a professional firm requiring 3 distinctly different roles of a Finder, […]
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10 Reasons why an Advisory Practice just stays “practicing”
by Tony Vidler        Why is an Advisory Practice called a “Practice”? I think it is because more often than not the business is mostly practicing to be a business.  When a “practice” has actually made it then everyone calls it “a firm”. THE common denominator in a Practice appears to be that the Principle, […]
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High Growth Advisory Firms Do Marketing Differently
by Tony Vidler        High growth advisory firms do many things differently, but in marketing they tend to do something VERY different to the norm.   We can’t ignore that it takes many differences to achieve outstanding results, not least of which is a difference in attitude and focus.  Simply maintaining a relentless focus on being […]
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Some Advisory Firm’s Are “Going Out Of Business” Without Even Realising It
by Tony Vidler        I have a strong sense that a lot of advisory firms are “going out of business” at the moment and don’t even realise it.   For a very long time markets were going well, and commission and fee rates were at the high end of the scale, and there were plenty […]
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