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 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...
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...
I can’t charge that!

I can’t charge that!

I’m an Elton John fan. Have been since about 1972 when he released Crocodile Rock. In early 2020, Anna and I saw him live in Coffs Harbour. I had bought front row seats for her birthday – Ok, really for me, as she isn’t as big a fan. While the seats...
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