The Japanese word “kaizen” can be translated as “change for better,” and has a similar meaning to the English word improvement. In business, the word represents a philosophy encompassing activities that promote constant improvement.

One of the most valuable characteristics of kaizen, when put into practice successfully, is that its activities affect every aspect of a business.While the improvements are often realized on a small scale, because they are continuous, the volume of minute adjustments drives the business forward.

Given that definition, would you say that you are practicing a philosophy like kaizen in your business? This can be a difficult question to answer, as it’s never easy to look at something you’ve worked so hard to build and to find, much less admit, that it could use some work.

It can sometimes help to think of constant improvement as an enduring test of your mettle and resolve. Even if your practice is humming along at a good clip, you can still challenge yourself with the question, “Can I be better?” If we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is almost always, “Yes.”

An event like the FPA Annual Conference provides financial planners with a great opportunity to face down that challenge, and to make the incremental improvements that are often necessary to take a business from being good to great (or from great to exceptional). The sessions themselves are packed with useful knowledge and insights that you can take back and implement into your practice and you may get even more value in sharing knowledge, issues and solutions with your peers at the event.

Thus, we invite you to throw down the gauntlet, pick up the glove, enter Thunderdome (or do whatever it is you do to accept a challenge), and get ready to meet the new and improved version of you (You 2.0) at #FPAConf18.

This year’s meeting will be held October 3-5 in Chicago, IL, and we can’t wait to see you there.

REGISTER NOW to secure the best possible pricing for #FPAConf18 (Advance pricing expires August 17).


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