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All in all, a government shutdown would be a major irritant, but would not have much impact on our clients or commerce in general. The trouble starts if the government defaults on its debt.
A year after a firm merger, one of the principals looks at some of the problems and some pleasant surprises.
For fiduciary advisors, a decision by federal judges finding mismanagement of a company's 401(k) plan could have far-reaching consequences.
Conventional wisdom is often wrong about what it takes to achieve great results.
A high-achieving school in Washington offers unexpected lessons for planners everywhere.
Successful planning organizations almost always take a collaborative team approach, building on the complementary skills of members.
First, seek out big challenges. Then figure out how to overcome them.
A strong leadership plan will not only help you identify the right successors, it is also the centerpiece of any successful transition.
The path I took to merging my firm was neither short nor simple, but it did lead to the best outcome.
Plan your exit now to leave your firm in better shape.
Forget about what it takes to measure or find human potential. How about learning to grow it yourself?
If you want to motivate your employees to move in new directions, a collaborative work environment and a growth lens are musts.
How healthy is your practice? Tracking key metrics and comparing them over time is a vital part of any checkup.
The big question is this: should you make an investment in game-changing products before you really think you need them to grow your business faster, or wait, possibly too long, and be a follower rather than a leader?
To attract young planners, advisory firms need a clear career track with training and experience goals.
As practices consolidate and adopt technology, there are fewer real opportunities for young planners.
If you want to motivate your clients and staff, you need to develop the framework for moving them in the right direction.
Successful leaders know that before they can implement a culture of change, they need intellectual and emotional buy-in from each staff member.
Sophisticated number crunching can give planners a window into the future and help them ensure against volatility bubbles.
Diagramming the options of your professional life can help you assess the future value of your career choices.