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The Strategic Approach To Practice Development
by Tony Vidler        For any professional services business to realise it’s full potential the owner must take a strategic approach to the development of the practice.  In doing so there are 3 general areas of the firm which drive growth and value of the business, and each of those has some sub-sections.   The […]
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Creating A Value-Based Strategy
by Tony Vidler        One of the toughest things for professional services firms to do – especially those that operate in the advice space – is settle on a strategy to guide the decisions in building the business.   It is helpful to consider strategy from a very broad perspective to begin with, and settle […]
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A Value Creation Model For Advisory Firms
by Tony Vidler        “Innovate or die” said Peter Drucker.  Innovation is of course about finding new ways to create value.   Have financial advisers been innovating in recent years?  Have they been finding new ways to create value?  If not, does it mean they are slowly slipping towards their commercial death?   Many have […]
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Focus On 3 Things To Make Next Year The Best Year Ever
by Tony Vidler        There are so many things you COULD plan to work on to improve next year, but what REALLY matters?   It is easy to get caught up in making lots and lots of plans and goals and arranging to be incredibly busy working “on” your business to accelerate its growth, but […]
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Do you actually have a Strategy?
by Tony Vidler        I get it: coming up with a competitive strategy can be hard.  But it is even harder if you don’t know what “strategy” is to begin with.  And if you don’t what strategy is and haven’t deliberately decided what yours is, then you are destined to bob along in the general stream […]
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The First Step In Handling Regulatory Uncertainty
by Tony Vidler        New rules and regs are coming everywhere you look, and the uncertainty level amongst advisers is just about at an all time high.  The most common question in the business that people like myself are being asked is “what should I do?”   Get clear about what you want from your business. […]
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The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler        There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve.  It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
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What is YOUR Risk Tolerance as an Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance.  However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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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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Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler        Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution.  Generally disruption occurs with new market entrants, product innovation, shifting strategic focus on the part of suppliers in relation to control or autonomy of distributors….but disruption has typically come from within the industry itself.   Many years ago I read a piece of […]
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