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How to engage your team in transforming your business

‘Lack of engagement from the team’ is an issue that comes up frequently and there may be a good reason why! Afterall, how often do you truly enable and empower your employees to be part of the ‘decision making’? How often do you create opportunities for solutions to be generated as part of a truly collaborative process? How often do you ask for feedback and take it onboard? I’m guessing the answer is, “not often enough”! Some of you will no doubt be saying “I haven’t got time for this” but please hear me out. If you can remember back…
RIE Solutions
24 November 2021
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6 sure ways of driving your Practice Manager crazy!

Many moons ago and prior to becoming a practice management and operations consultant, I was a Practice Manager and Partner of a financial planning practice. While Richard, the Managing Partner and the main Adviser and I used to work extremely well together, there were some challenges that we both faced as we came at things from two very different perspectives.  In his book, “Traction – Get a grip on your business”, Gino Wickman says:  “An entrepreneur’s lust needs to be counterbalanced with a  manager’s prudence and discipline. … When it’s structured correctly, the dynamic between the two ‘Unique Abilities’ can be…
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4 November 2021
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Psychology of implementation and how to get it right!

Great entrepreneurs and innovators tend to have an infinite capacity for generating ideas, but implementation is typically overlooked by them. It’s important to remember that any idea is only as good as its implementation and poor execution can kill the best of them. Despite this, not many firms take the task of implementation seriously. The team’s appetite for change and the impact that a new idea may have on operations are often underestimated. What do we know about the ‘Psychology of change’? When implementing changes, it’s critical to remember people, and the cyclical journey we all go on that accompanies…
RIE Solutions
28 September 2021
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Is your Annual Review Process up to scratch?

For most firms I work with ongoing client servicing contributes to a very large proportion of their annual revenue (in the region of 70-90%). Aside from regulatory obligations of ensuring ongoing suitability of advice, annual reviews are a core component of the ongoing service most of you provide, so it’s critical that they are excellent. Surprisingly despite this being one of the core activities, often the annual review process isn’t up to scratch due to factors such as: Sub-optimal distribution of tasks among the team – in addition to creating a team that works to their strengths (please see our…
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15 September 2021
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7 things you need to do to create a top team

Despite great people being the foundation of a successful business, not enough firms think strategically about creating top teams. By strategically, I mean long-term, at least 10 years’ long-term. I’m frequently contacted by firms seeking help with various aspects of recruitment; what hire to make next, when to hire, how to go about the process of attracting the right candidates and identifying the right person for the job. All immediate reactions to urgent needs. Very few, in fact, almost none get in touch seeking help with creation of an organisational structure to match their 10-year vision. Meaning very few have…
RIE Solutions
17 August 2021