The De-Brief Meeting – A Key to Build Firms Not Jobs

The De-Brief Meeting – A Key to Build Firms Not Jobs

The old fisherman with the summertime job running the rusty merry-go-round on Terrigal Beach taught me how to rig my fishing lines. He reckoned there was only one fishing knot I’d ever need – the locked half-blood knot. While my mates say I’m wasting money...
AVOIDING REAL POTENTIAL?

AVOIDING REAL POTENTIAL?

I love my vinyl record collection. It started when I discovered Electric Warrior in early ’76. The collection continues to grow despite Anna’s opinion that I’m a hoarder. Regular vinyl still beats the best digital sound – vinyl is so much bigger, brighter and better....
The Value is Within

The Value is Within

I reckon Shaftesbury Avenue was one of Australia’s greatest weight-for-age horses. Although dominated in handicapped races of the early 1990s by another great horse, Super Impose, I have always believed Shaftesbury was a better horse. I’m biased. My...
The Value is the Journey

The Value is the Journey

I love trekking. I used to regard anyone walking with poles as a tad too keen. Now I’m one of those pole people. It is not just the poles. I’m discovering all sorts of great, weird stuff. For instance, I don’t know what it is, but I find the combination of conversing...
The Value is in the Detail

The Value is in the Detail

I used to coach a guy I call Adviser Tony. Nice guy, experienced, founder of a successful advisory firm and well-respected in the advice industry. Tony once told me that when his clients ever squabbled about how they wanted to spend their retirement monies, he...
The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

“I just want a handful of good clients without all the stress and grief.” This was from the principal of a well-established firm with a fast-growing team. It is a common situation facing owners who appear to have built a successful advisory firm but who...
Lessons from Debt – a path to Advice?

Lessons from Debt – a path to Advice?

Heard about Grameen Bank – the bank for the poor? It presents a powerful working model of trickle-up development. Founded in the mid-1970s by Muhammad Yunus in a country lacking first and second-world finance infrastructures, it has sprouted up in over 80,000...
The Toughest No’s of Growth

The Toughest No’s of Growth

With apologies to my first favourite author – Dr Seuss. No is no foe to grow. For grow without no is the toughest of grows. In his book  “The Cat In The Hat Comes Back”,  Cats A through Y unleashed incremental mayhem until the tiniest Cat Z makes...
The Advice Gap

The Advice Gap

I love the bush. I reckon it has something to do with my four grandparents being raised in NSW’s central west. It never ceases to amaze me how much I enjoy touring on unmarked open country roads with windows down and the elements whooshing in. Even when...
Dear Minister… fixing our broken advice market

Dear Minister… fixing our broken advice market

Dear Minister Jones, Congratulations on your appointment as Minister for financial services. I read your early plans with both hope and trepidation about your priority to address the hot mess that is the Australian advice marketplace. I understand the weight behind...
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