Raising the Professional Bar

Ever since the first recorded high jump in Scotland, athletes having been raising the bar.

Michael Sweeney's scissor-style motion in 1895 achieved a more economic clearance and raised the world record to 6 ft 5 1⁄2 inches.

In time, George Horine, developed an even more efficient technique, the Western roll.

Horine increased the world standard to 6 ft 7 inches in 1912.

Straddle-jumper Charles Dumas was the first to clear 7 feet in 1956.

Dick Fosbury would bring high jump into the next century. After he used his Fosbury flop to win the 1968 Olympic gold medal, the technique began to spread around the world, and soon floppers were dominating international high jump competitions.

Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) is the current men's record holder with a jump of 8 ft 1⁄4 inches set in 1993.

Advocis has been working hard to raise the professional bar and bring the “professionalization of advisors” into the 21st century.

The Winter 2014 Edition of Advisor Voice champions Ontario’s Bill 157 which would make Financial Advisors a Recognized Profession in that province. According to the article, “Key portions of the bill’s text, closely track the main provisions of Advocis’ Raising the Professional Bar proposal, which we released February 20, 2013 (see www.advocis.ca/raisethebar)”

I applaud the leadership Advocis is giving to this much needed “raising of our professional bar.” However your commitment is needed as well, whether through joining Advocis or getting involved in your local chapter.

Who knows, your ‘approach’, your thoughts, ideas and leadership may help nudge the bar up even more, which will be a win for everyone.


Submitted by

Wally Klassen MA
Founder/Owner: KEYSTONE Insurance
Membership Chair for N. Central Saskatchewan Chapter



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