SERVING INVESTMENT ADVISERS
We Are Strategists Who Manage Complexity.
Lack of clear direction creates insecurity about where the organization is headed. Without clear boundaries, employees will play it safe because they can't be sure their decisions are in alignment.
Business opportunities are missed. Productivity suffers. Team talent is wasted.
We'll also help make sure the plan sticks.
How? We train your employees to use your Blueprint to track company progress, adjust course as needed, and to hold themselves and others accountable. Project management skill increases, and the value is lasting.
When each employee better understands how their individual choices drive business goals, they can confidently make better decisions that support profitability.
In the end, too many firms fail to ask the right questions or they neglect critical issues as conditions evolve. If your firm falls into this category, you could be exposing yourself to unnecessary risk and missing important opportunities.
To achieve this balance, you need the right people, departments, and vendors in all the right places. And you need to support them with tools that help them do their jobs well.
It's all about teaching your leadership team to create consistent expectations in their own domain with regard to culture, decision-making, organizational structure, and people. Here are a few typical questions we work through with our clients:
We'll quickly assess which of these areas need your attention. Then we'll help you navigate the change at the best speed for your firm.
Corporate governance is of paramount importance to investment advisers, and is almost as important as its primary business plan. Good governance can drive the direction of a firm's business strategy, ensure corporate culture, increase accountability, and help to avoid disasters before they occur.
A well-executed corporate governance system should be able to identify and eliminate problems, while taking into account multiple stakeholders - clients, employees, vendors, and regulators.
Governance can prevent corporate scandals, fraud and the civil and criminal liability of your firm. Good governance facilitates corporate culture because it supports the shared philosophy, practices and culture of an organization and its employees. It also enhances a company's image in the public eye as a self-policing company that is responsible and worthy of client capital.
Corporate governance also creates transparency. If shared values break down, then corners can be cut in a way that may cause a failure. Good governance creates an opportunity for a multi-disciplinary review and perspective by people who are removed from the immediate pressures.
In the investment industry, corporate governance should also be 'risk-aware' - informed by the complex system of regulation that underpins fiduciary duty - and designed to see failure coming in order to avoid a hit to reputation and losses associated with disappointed clients.
Governance, applied thoughtfully, engenders the participation of the right people and the right time, and tasks them with making a clearly defined set of decisions, using good data. Expertise, critical perspectives, and a well-run process helps you dig deeply and align your strategy against your reality. We will work with you to design and manage good governance for: