Recently, an advisor client of ours (an independent advisor with over $2 million in annual revenues) received the advisor equivalent of a “Dear John” letter. You may be familiar with the wording:
“Thank you so much for everything you’ve done to help our family. However, we have decided to head in a new direction and move our account…”
The advisor had little inkling that the breakup was coming. This particular client had never called or raised their hand asking for more service. There was absolutely no indication of any level of dissatisfaction. Moreover, (and this is the really frustrating part) the advisor strongly believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is best qualified to help this client.
Of course, when the advisor received this out-of-the-blue e-mail, she issued the “All hands on deck” order to her team. Jumping into the water herself, the advisor became the lifeguard, doing everything possible to save the account. The unhappy end to this story is predictable. Despite the advisor’s best efforts, the account left anyway. Although it was over for now, the reflection for learning with regard to how to create and preserve excellent client relationships had just begun.