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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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How do you know when you have a “great practice”?
by Tony Vidler        I was given this question in the headline recently and the quick answer is:   “When it is delivering the income and lifestyle that you imagined.”   However, that benchmark is perhaps misleading.  It is potentially an incomplete answer as simply obtaining the lifestyle and income that you want from your […]
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I sell…You sell…We ALL sell. Or should do…
by Tony Vidler        I am a professional.  I am a salesman. These two things are not contradictory.  I sell stuff.  It seems like I’m selling my time these days…sometimes a product….sometimes it is just selling concepts and possibilities.   But I sell.  And I think I am a professional too.   Why do we […]
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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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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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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 Ideal Practice: Balancing Your Needs & The Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler        Heresy: The Professionals’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants. It shouldn’t be heresy to say this aloud of course…. But; the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it?  After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]
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The 3 Barriers To Adviser Business Success (& one can be deadly)
by Tony Vidler        There are 3 distinct barriers every adviser must manage in their career.  Each of them is a defining point which can see the end of the advisory career….but Barrier 3 is where most founders flounder.   Barrier 1 is simply getting enough new business and clients to earn a living and survive […]
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