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.


Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Generational Differences Impacting Teamwork – Advice to Millennial’s and Baby Boomers

2019-06-28T12:41:19-05:00By |Categories: Dr. Merlot|Tags: , , , |

When Loyd and I met last, we discussed Millennials and Boomers on a quick puddle jumper as best we could over the loud engines. As a refresher, over the last couple of months, Loyd and I have focused our discussions on overcoming generational differences in the workplace. In December, we discussed influences responsible for shaping [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Generational Differences Impacting Teamwork – Advice to Millennial’s about Baby Boomers

2019-06-28T12:41:19-05:00By |Categories: Dr. Merlot|Tags: , , , |

For the last couple of month’s Loyd and I have been discussing generational differences and how to overcome issues they often create in the workplace. Loyd initially posed the question to me in December, but since this was such a big topic, we decided to break up the conversation into a 4-part series; tackling one [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Overcoming Generational Differences Impacting Teamwork

2016-12-14T08:38:43-06:00By |Categories: Dr. Merlot|Tags: , , , |

We have looked at sibling partnerships under stress, my perspective on the impact gender has on leadership and teamwork, and my thoughts on gender bias in the workplace. In this installment, I have mixed it up just a little, thanks to my buddy Loyd, who felt it would be a good idea to bring the [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Overcoming Sibling Partnerships Under Stress

2019-06-28T12:41:19-05:00By |Categories: Dr. Merlot|Tags: , , |

Picking up where we left off from my last post…. In typical Loyd fashion, just before hanging up from our phone conversation focused on Gender’s Impact on Leadership and Teamwork, he left me with a zinger - “What if siblings in business are not willing to recognize each other’s contributions to build a strong partnership?” [...]

Dr. Merlot’s Perspective: Gender’s Impact on Leadership and Teamwork

2016-08-31T23:38:43-05:00By |Categories: Dr. Merlot|Tags: , , |

Looking at how male vs. female psyche works, there is no doubt they are different. In fact, a popular analogy to describe these differences is “Men are like Waffles and Woman are like Spaghetti.” Coined by bestselling authors – Bill and Pam Farrel, their analogy provides imagery of how men create boundaries around issues and [...]