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Sweat the small stuff: it is what we CAN control!
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 […]
The problem with Professional Development programs
by Tony Vidler Most training programmes for financial advisers end up being vaguely disappointing for the participants. Often the feeling is that the training is a bit too academic or theoretical and hard to implement in one’s practice…but the real reason why training fails is because it doesn’t address all the necessary components. In order […]
by Tony Vidler How can an adviser be confident their advice is good before trouble starts? In other words, how do you audit yourself? There are 5 key things that the adviser must do – and be able to evidence afterwards – to show that they have worked for the benefit of the client, […]
Are you giving good advice, or giving what they want?
by Tony Vidler Giving good advice is different to giving people what they want, isn’t it? Most financial advisers can do both, and many do in fact deliver both. That is, they often give people what they want because that is after all what the consumer wanted….and the consumer is the boss and has the […]
by Tony Vidler I am losing track of how often I get asked “which CRM do you recommend?” It is a huge decision for a professional service business, and an area where every solution offered seems to fall a little short in one aspect or another. The problem is that for a financial […]
Maybe this is an opportunity: Picking a good financial adviser is harder than ever for consumers
by Tony Vidler Choosing a good financial adviser has always been a bit of a leap of faith for consumers I guess, but picking one today is harder than ever. With the tendency to use search to screen possible contenders, and with most contenders having to use the same acronyms and titles and so on, […]
by Tony Vidler Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission? Or is it the one who does all of these? Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
by Tony Vidler Another week and another bad adviser horror story in the local press…yet, another week and thousands more consumers work with their good adviser privately and attract no headlines. They just make progress quietly towards their savings or investment goals, or protecting their families, or building financial safety nets, and so it goes […]