Best Business Wisdom from the Web: April 2017 - FP Advance

Best Business Wisdom from the Web: April 2017

BY brett


Five must-reads

The Easter holidays have come and gone and it’s time to get cracking on shaping your business up. The FP Advance social media channels share content that is indispensable, inspiring and thought-provoking with links from some of the best and brightest in the business world.

Here are some of our most popular finds for April. Well worth a clicking on:

20171. Making 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Bill Bachrach

Although written for the American adviser market Bachrach makes three great points that are relevant here:

  • Tip One: The future is operating as true fiduciaries – and Bachrach says you can never go wrong taking the high road.
  • Tip Two: Focus on the things you can control.
  • Tip Three: Be prepared to change your compensation model. The AUM compensation model may be on its way out.


2. Why Jim Henson and Mr. Rogers Are More Important Than Ever

Brad Meltzer

Here’s a really interesting TIME article from Brad Meltzer on what your heroes help you see and understand about yourself; your values and your deepest fears.

I think it certainly has a business application too. Well worth a read.


3. Why the advice market is heading towards flat-fees

Alan Smith

Alan Smith gives us his views on why he believes the advice market is moving toward flat fees and away from ad valorum (percentage of assets) fees.

If you’re interested in this debate, this is a great piece from Citywire to get you going. I don’t 100% agree with the line of thinking, but I respect Alan and know he put this out there to stimulate industry discussion. Good man.


4. How Leaders Can Focus on the Big Picture

Elsbeth Johnson

Every leader knows that they shouldn’t micromanage — even if some of us still do. But while we understand the downsides of micromanaging, we still haven’t sufficiently embraced the upsides of not micromanaging.
Making time for macro questions is not a luxury — it is a necessity. And is it not something that can be delegated or outsourced. Nor is it something that leaders should do only once a year, at the strategy offsite, or at the start of the strategic planning round. It needs to become part of their weekly routine.

Wise words and some great tips on how to do it from Harvard Business Review.


5. Free Money, No Strings Attached

Peter Diamandis

A few countries are experimenting with the concept of a Universal Income (eliminating other forms of welfare) in an attempt to free up human creativity and to give people some dignity.

As technology continues to eliminate jobs at an accelerating rate this is a really interesting area to me. This article from Peter H. Diamandis does a good job of explaining what’s going on in places like Canada, Finland and The Netherlands. Check it out.

“5 online must-reads from the best and brightest in the business world this April”


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ABOUT BRETT DAVIDSON When you work with FP Advance you work with me, Brett Davidson, directly. My motto is ‘advise better, live better’ and I practice what I preach. I’m straight talking and get to the heart of an issue quickly. There’s no beating about the bush, just a focus on helping things improve. Ask my clients – what I teach works.