Welcome! Thank you for visiting Advisor in the House, where I share with you insights gleaned from over forty years of personal and professional interactions with others. I encourage you to join the discussion. Please share your thoughts and experiences. Ask questions. Think. Feel. Imagine your practice transformed!

Maybe the most nagging issue we face as professionals is squaring what we hope people think about us with what we know about ourselves. Perhaps this struggle is best illustrated by the photograph of the little duck calmly cruising a pond, head focused, feathers all in place, while beneath the water, his little feet are frenetically paddling with all the gusto a duck can muster. The caption? “I may look calm on the surface, but underneath,

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of tobacco, illicit drugs, and alcohol costs our nation over $700 billion a year in health care and work-loss related expense. This figure does not begin to touch the toll addiction takes on families and individuals whose lives are assaulted and often destroyed by the consequences of addictive behavior. The “big three” could be joined by persons with gambling and other addiction issues that are

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Following a recent talk I gave, a new advisor came to me in the hall with a question about discovery. “Is asking questions about a client’s life story and their family’s issues around work, money, investments, health, and fears going too far?” In other words, is there a line we can cross when we do deep discovery? Are we asking questions that are too personal? I’ve heard the “too personal” question many times, and it

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Previously, we identified common areas where people lose faith in themselves, others, and the larger business and investment community. We all know that trust is a powerful, life-altering reality in our lives. With confidence in ourselves, those we love and who love us, and this remarkably resilient country that still is “the land of opportunity,” few limits keep our lives from realizing any number of personal, family, and business goals. But when we lose trust,

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The rule will never change; people do business with people they like, trust, and believe are competent. These three are the trifecta that together creates the space or, the matrix through which we serve our clients as we travel with them through life. “Trust issues” related to us as the advisor, however, are not what I’m exploring, but rather the client who has lost trust in either self, a loved one, or the investment world

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Noise is a tenured resident in our modern lives. Whether it’s the whirl of a tumbling dryer, the muted voices of sportscasters calling a game, the hum of an automobiles’ engine, or the buzz of the florescent fixtures in our offices, all manner of noise is with us and rarely yields to total, opaque silence. The same holds sway in client conversation. We begin a scheduled visit with the expected small talk about work, family,

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“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive as youer than you.”  Dr. Seuss My latest cell phone is a Nexus 6P, purchased in early July after a boating accident left my less-than-two-year-old Motorola X destroyed. But that’s another story. New to me, the Nexus allows me to unlock it by putting one of my index fingers on the phone’s back. This technology is old, but for me, it

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There has never been a time in my 63 plus years of life when it felt like we were drowning in words. We e-mail, tweet, post, blog, send, forward, save, edit, create, copy, paste, delete, and share words at an alarming rate. The fact you are reading this discussion bears witness to this vexing but apparently inescapable phenomenon. When it comes to our clients, the words we use are either nouns—think static, sound, bland—or they

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What does it mean for an advisor to truly “serve” a client? To answer that, let us look at the third gift that the DOL offers, for it is a gift that keeps on giving. Over the last 20 years, the transition from commission-based to fee-based business in financial services has taken priority in many practices. One of the most powerful reasons clients are better served through a fee-based relationship is, in the words of my trainer, “it

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The new DOL rule gives a second gift that celebrates community more than it creates reams of transactions. The client-facing professions of finance, law, accounting, and insurance have an elephant in the room few are willing to name and discuss. We earn our living by the fees we charge clients for our services. In past years, the stock broker lived and died by the number of trades in a day. Lawyers and accountants are famous

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It is very rare when I discover that a deeply talented A clarion call to lead with purpose, Cadence of Care offers a wise and practical guide to deepening and enriching client relationships.
-Robert B. Seaberg, Ph.D. Intersect Consulting, LLC
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Tim Owings understands what all the great ones know. People who trust you are far more important than all the product knowledge in the world.
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The concepts Tim Owings shares in his book provide a comprehensive blueprint to integrate into practice.
-Marc D. Miller, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business, Henderson State University