Some of us here were involved in an interesting presentation last week on left versus right-brained thinking. We learned that, as advisors, we tend to spend quite a bit of time on the left side of the brain, which is driven by logic, numbers and data. The right side of the brain, on the other hand, is the emotional side, where pictures get painted, goals are envisioned and, most importantly, where decisions get made. This got us thinking about how we define what we do and, more importantly, how we communicate this to our clients and those trusted advisors with whom we work.
Our ultimate goal as fiduciary advisors is to provide for our clients’ financial and emotional security through comprehensive financial planning and investment management. That statement means a lot to us and, in theory, does an excellent job of summing up what we do. That said, it is a fairly left-brained concept that does not always translate well. While it makes sense that most of our time with clients is spent on the left side of the brain, using data and other logic to set a path with our clients towards their goals, it is the right side of the brain where our clients imagine those goals.
So, with our admittedly left-brain leaning ways, can we paint a better picture of what we do?
What we do is aim to understand our clients’ life goals and help them build a plan. This plan provides a clear path to achieving those goals, leaving our clients free to live their lives as envisioned, knowing the financial components of those life goals are in the hands of someone they trust and know to always act in their best interests.
We will continue to be analytical and fairly left-brained when it comes to what we do, but will strive to communicate with the right brain in mind as well. We will continue to make recommendations on investments, insurance, retirement and estate planning, but do understand that these are merely tools our clients use to help their families, protect their lifestyles, achieve comfort in retirement and build some kind of legacy for the future.
We encourage our clients and trusted advisors who read this blog to help us in furthering this definition. What do you value in what we do? How do you perceive our role as it pertains to you or your clients’ goals? What do you expect from an advisor in general? Use the comment button below to start the conversation and thanks, as always, for taking the time to read the blog.
Chip Workman, CFP®