The straight talking alter ego of Loyd Rawls, Dr. Merlot blends sarcasm and truth with heart and emotion. He consults with The Rawls Group and their clients in those hard-to-hear business-succession-planning conundrums. Loyd believes truth without compassion is pure brutality; however, Dr. Merlot believes truth is truth.

drmerlot@rawlsgroup.com

How to Create Boundaries Between Family and Business

2021-09-22T08:18:49-05:00By |Dr. Merlot, Succession Blog, Video|

The focus for this installment of  “Dear Dr. Merlot” is Family Governance. Family Governance policies are the first step to create boundaries between the family and the business.   The specific question we will cover from Loyd's book Family Business Heartburn Relief: Answers to Gut-Grinding Family Business Questions is:   How do the [...]

How Do I Motivate My Children, Nephews, In-laws, etc. to Come Into My Business?

2021-04-29T11:43:20-05:00By |Dr. Merlot, Succession Blog, Video|

Your behavior and attitude towards the business act as role model behavior for your family. Therefore, speaking and showing positive feelings regarding the business is the best way to motivate the family to join. Express how much you enjoy it, the exciting and wonderful career opportunities and prospects for growth. [...]

How Do I Deal With the Petty Crap I Endure as a Leader of My Family’s Business?

2021-05-07T15:21:39-05:00By |Dr. Merlot, Succession Blog, Video|

When family members join the business, the emotional landscape changes. Any imperfections in intra-family communication, respect, and/or patience are exasperated by business expectations, nuances, and pressures. Even the closest and most balanced families find themselves struggling with crap from what appears to be never-ending sources. If it’s not concern over [...]

Video: Leadership in Times of Crisis – The OODA Cycle

2020-04-16T09:45:56-05:00By |Dr. Merlot, Leading Your Business Through Transition, Succession Blog|

In, "Leadership in Times of Crisis - the OODA Cylce," Loyd Rawls (Dr. Merlot) explains how and why you are a good leader; why you don’t need to worry; why you can project to those that are depending upon you: “We got this!! This is our time to shine!”  He also explains how you [...]

Dr. Merlot’s 9 Reminders to Survive and Thrive

2020-04-03T09:05:29-05:00By |Dr. Merlot, Leading Your Business Through Transition, Succession Blog|

Dr Merlot provides 9 reminders to survive and thrive during tough times like COVID-19.   Main thing to remember, is "YOU GOT THIS." Download Dr. Merlot's reminders below, but before you do; it is worth hearing the commentary. Download PDF List of 9 Reminders Contact us and we can help [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Hanging with My Friends

2020-04-08T11:38:17-05:00By |Dr. Merlot|

As we enter into Spring, comes with it, CONVENTION SEASON for my friends at The Rawls Group. I am thankful that I do not have get involved  in any of the planning, but do enjoy participating in the "fruits of their labor.” For example, I am looking forward to some free wine and fun [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: New Year Reflections

2020-05-19T12:48:28-05:00By |Dr. Merlot|

Another year has gone. As a I “mature” (a doctor’s way of saying, “get older”) I realize how fast time passes us by. As a kid, summers seem to last forever, school breaks during the holidays were like real “holidays” and the school weeks just seem to drag on, and on. Now I realize [...]

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