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...
Is Bigger Better?

Is Bigger Better?

I was consulting with a firm recently. They sought advice concerning their massive growth opportunities. Like most advisory firms today, they were enjoying a solid flow of new clients. Thanks to good networks, they were also attracting talented senior advisers...
Pods or Pools? Building Productive Advisory Teams

Pods or Pools? Building Productive Advisory Teams

Advice firms start like most things in life – tiny. Like parents and their newborns, tiny firms owe their early years to their founders. They grow client by client, either delivering value or not. The value deliverers attract more clients, service existing...
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