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The 6 Steps To Growing Your People
by Tony Vidler        Introducing leverage into a professional services firm is most often done through adding people, and growing your people leads to growing your firm.   Finding and developing the right people is one of the greatest challenges for professional services firms, and also one of the greatest opportunities it has for creating […]
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Why Your Staff Fail You
by Tony Vidler        It isn’t terribly unusual to find advisers taking on staff and being disappointed reasonably quickly, as the staff fail to deliver quite what the adviser expected or was  hoping for….   So why do your people fail you?   I don’t believe they do usually….I think we fail them.   Let’s […]
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Investing Time In Your People Gives Great Returns
by Tony Vidler        Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing time in people.   Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders own people […]
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What You Reward Must Be What You Value, right?
by Tony Vidler        Perhaps the greatest challenge for practices wishing to grow their people, profitability and professional standards is determining what you reward.  And that’s about what you value.  What behaviours you reward must be a reflection of what you really value in your business, right?   Why is it that so many firms […]
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What to do when team members are under-performing
by Tony Vidler        Inevitably there will be a time when one or some of your team are under-performing.  Not under-performing to the point where the decision to terminate them is actually quite easy, but under-performing to the point where it is just aggravating because you just feel that they should be doing better. Figuring […]
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To grow your practice, “Get out and make more mistakes”
by Tony Vidler        You want to grow your practice, right?  Well my first piece of advice may seem odd but it is this: “get out and make more mistakes”   Dangerous advice!  Reckless even perhaps….   …however it is the best way to grow.   It is also the only way to innovate or to […]
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Build Capacity With Virtual Assistance
Tony Vidler Increasing professional service capacity is a challenge…do you wait until the decrease in service levels is costing you business? Or do you spend money you haven’t made yet to provide service which is not required by the extra clients you don’t have yet?   As a financial planner, what extra roles do you […]
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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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Reward the right behaviour – or it will kill your practice
by Tony Vidler        We tend to get the behaviour which we reward repeatedly.  Kindergarten teachers know it, so why don’t the leaders of professional services firms know it and use it?   Here are a couple of real examples of how this plays out: In one instance it was watching a previously excellent professional […]
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Being clear about what matters most actually matters most
by Tony Vidler        Sometimes contracts just don’t provide clarity for the people who work for you. And Being clear about what matters for them, matters more than just about anything else when it comes to getting the best from your people.   When you are running a professional services business there is one thing […]
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