Dr. Merlot

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.


Video: Leadership in Times of Crisis – The OODA Cycle

2020-04-16T09:45:56-05:00By |COVID 19: The Path Forward, Dr. Merlot, 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 [...]

You Got This!

2020-03-24T13:05:35-05:00By |COVID 19: The Path Forward, Dr. Merlot, Succession Blog|

Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! In "You Got This!" Dr Merlot (Loyd Rawls' Alter Ego) shares encouragement and  reminds us that we have been here before, and the economy and business' have bounced back. With the right mind set anything is possible. Dr. Merlot will not let you leave this [...]

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 [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Finding Holiday Cheer

2020-06-02T10:31:03-05:00By |Dr. Merlot|

As we enter the holiday season, I reflect on the past year and all the Merlot enjoyed, pontifications with friends, and memories created. I have enjoyed working through some significant client challenges, helping them right the ship out of the storm, and of course beating Loyd at golf is always a memory worth cherishing. [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Changing Face of Leadership

2019-07-02T10:34:37-05:00By |Dr. Merlot|

Loyd and I have not had the opportunity to get together as much as I would like over the last several weeks. Between our work schedules and the fact that he had surgery, not once, but twice, we have not been doing our regular golfing or commiserating. It does not mean that we have not [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Servant Leadership

2019-06-28T12:41:20-05:00By |Dr. Merlot|

The last discussion Loyd and I had revolved around leadership style. Specifically, we discussed the impact of those that manage from a position of power versus those who manage with personal influence. Today, businesses may hire employees, but what both the business and employee wants are to be team members. Therefore, a paradigm shift is [...]

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