SOURCE: ClientWise

ClientWise

October 27, 2015 09:00 ET

Ray Sclafani Launches Book, "You've Been Framed"; Details Process for Re-Framing of Advisor Teams to Stay Competitive in Evolving Financial Landscape

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) -

'In my experience, I find the profession [of financial services] divided into two camps: those who live in the past and complain about the present, and those who see the present as a catalyst for the future. What Ray has done with this book is give structure to those who wish to transform their businesses from a vehicle for generating income to one that makes an impact on the lives of others. It is an important addition to your business book library.' - Mark C. Tibergien, from the foreword of "You've Been Framed".

Book Snapshot: "You've Been Framed" opens by establishing a very clear premise: financial advising is a noble profession. Like doctors, and attorneys, advisors do meaningful work -- "impact" work, as Sclafani calls it. And when the good advisors do their jobs well, their impact extends through generations of families. Yet a financial landscape that has been evolving from the beginning is now undergoing perhaps more change, more rapidly, than ever before in its history. Sclafani applies over twenty-five years of experience in financial services and in working with thousands of financial advisors to provide a step by step road map to "re-framing" or re-positioning a firm for the benefit of advisor and client alike.

Ray Sclafani, CEO of ClientWise, the executive coaching and training company exclusively serving the financial services industry, announced the launch of his new book today, "You've Been Framed: How to Reframe Your Wealth Management Business and Renew Client Relationships," a detailed guide for advisors that offers a step by step guide to "re-framing" their practice. Sclafani defines "framing" as the way in which the outside world perceives an advisor and their business. Left to chance, advisors run the risk that the public perception of their practice, their services and even themselves, becomes mis-aligned with how they want and in fact need to be perceived by clients if they are serious about serving those clients through generations to come.

The book is broken down into three easy to read and implement sections: part one examines "why" the re-frame is important and the purpose and benefits of such an exercise; part two walks the advisor through the precise steps to a successful re-frame; and part three explains how to evaluate the re-frame and its effect on the business. In addition to offering a tactical playbook to re-frame, re-energize, and re-tool a practice, Sclafani is clear in his explanation of who the book is meant for: ALL financial advisors, not just one channel or sub-group. He makes a case that there are good and "noble" professionals in every channel within the industry, and calls for advisors to stop squabbling inwardly but rather rise up as advocates for this great profession.

"The external pressures and forces bearing down upon the financial advisor of today seem daunting at first glance -- take your pick, the fiduciary standards debate, robo-advisors, the "graying" of the industry, more technology than one knows what to do with…the list goes on," says Sclafani. "But for an agile advisor equipped with the ability to re-frame themselves effectively, these challenges not only become manageable, but in many cases are a competitive advantage when used properly."

Sclafani identifies "innovation" as the single biggest differentiator between top advisors and the rest of the pack.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind as the advisor goes through the process is that it is entirely built around the most important component of any practice: the client. If an advisor's clients have the wrong impression of the advisor, or the firm, it does not matter what anyone else's perceptions are -- the client, is everything. The book walks the reader through the five levels of a re-frame: personal, firm, team, advocate and industry.

Among the benefits to an advisor as a result of a successful re-framing are:

  • Informed clients who actively seek your services
  • Increased enterprise value
  • More client introductions
  • A bigger, healthier practice
  • Chance to leave a real legacy
  • Opportunity to make a greater impact upon clients' lives and the world at large

Beyond the specifics around executing a re-frame, "You've Been Framed" explores the evolution of the financial advisor in the minds of the public, explores theories about advisor compensation, leadership, succession planning and how to build the best possible advisory team. All of these are tied back to the core tenet of the book -- that advisors must evolve.

Woven throughout the book is a set of extremely detailed implementation tools and resources found on the website. In addition, the ClientWise eXchange™, an online community designed exclusively for advisors and their teams to learn and network with one another, discuss best ideas and consistently improve -- a concept based on a process the Japanese call Kaizen-- is available to engage with Sclafani and other professionals committed to building excellent businesses and client relationships.

Whether used selectively in parts as a tactical guide to re-frame an advisory practice, or as a comprehensive overview of the state of the financial industry and where it is headed, "You've Been Framed" is a must read for anyone in the industry looking to improve their relationships with clients, and an important work for the financial industry itself.

For more information about "You've Been Framed", or to buy the book, visit www.youvebeenframed.clientwise.com.

For more information about ClientWise, visit www.clientwise.com.

To arrange an interview with Ray Sclafani about "You've Been Framed" or some of the key concepts in the book, please e-mail jason.lahita@ficommpartners.com.

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