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Bring Back The Long Lunch…it will be good for your business!
by Tony Vidler Tom Peters suggested many years ago that one of the most effective marketing activities a professional could engage in were weekday lunches. 250 of them in fact over the course of the year. That is perhaps a bit excessive in today’s environment (and for ageing waistlines), but the concept […]
by Tony Vidler If you doubt that culture can create lasting success, then consider this: Imagine a sports team (or club if you prefer) that competed continuously for well over 100 years and during that time had a winning record against all comers of over 83%? The best that every nation on earth can […]
by Tony Vidler Given some of the trends in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value a practice of a financial adviser. The short answer to what is an accurate value of any practice will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you […]
by Tony Vidler How can you tell if you are just having a bad day on the job, or whether it is time to move on from the job completely? There’s no escaping the fact that even in great jobs that we love, there are days where things just don’t go the way […]
by Tony Vidler Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers. Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests. It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
by Tony Vidler The search for “independent” advice is rather like the Quest for the Holy Grail. It doesn’t exist. The search is fruitless and doomed because there is no Holy Grail. Independent advice simply does not exist. The argument for those wanting to say they are independent (or being allowed to by regulators) […]
The Annual Review Meeting: You CAN Be Compliant Without Being Dull
by Tony Vidler The Annual Review process for financial advice clients is often seen as a rather hum-drum thing by the clients (if not advisers themselves), and getting clients to engage in it can be a real challenge. It doesn’t have to be that way of course. With a little imagination it can […]
by Tony Vidler I keep hearing “don’t sweat the small stuff” and every single time I hear someone say it I think of work, and what we do, and automatically think “if we don’t sweat the small stuff we are doing an awful job”. The small stuff is the very stuff that financial advisers […]
How to go about creating the RIGHT Strategic Alliance
by Tony Vidler A good strategic alliance or two can be the thing that makes success for a professional services firm. It can be a complete game changer. In fact it is so important to get right that the key to finding and forging the right strategic alliance is thinking strategically to begin […]
by Tony Vidler One of the thorny issues for financial advisers is finding the right CRM system. What makes it difficult is the struggle to define what is “right”. As with most things in business, one should begin the decision making journey with a clear view of what you are trying to achieve. Begin […]
Some Social Security stats:
4/10 elderly Americans would have income below the poverty line w/o SS
Half of senior citizens get at least 50% of their retirement income from SS
1 in 4 seniors receives 90% of their retirement income from SS