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Leadership and Beer: A Story of the Passion & Business Growth of Live Oak

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Jun 19, 2018 7:39:00 AM

Les McGehee's Leadership Interview Series profiles iconic cultural leaders in their natural habitats, capturing the essence of the qualities that make a great leader, such as passion, collaboration, humor, and perseverance.

State-of-the-art tech, and beer.

Acres-deep into the knotted groves of legacy oaks that proudly hold court in the rich soil of southeast Austin, Chip McElroy is excitedly showing off a few favorite bells and whistles in his brand-new, state-of-the-art brewery. At the moment, he’s a chemistry-loving kid in a hopped-up candy store—confidently tossing around phrases like “thermal mass” and “rapidly volatized unwanted compounds.”

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Tags: Business, Leadership, Growth

Interview: How a Thoughtful Business Plan Brings Big Goals to Life

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Jun 12, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Highly successful business owner, renowned trainer, certified international The ONE Thing instructor, and business coach, Alan Rice is collaborating with Rialto Academy in our “Build a Business Plan” course, which is kicking off the Your Agent University eLearning series later this month.

Recently, Rialto Academy tapped into Alan’s infectious, positive energy to learn more about his approach to business planning, his passion for coaching, and the factors that have powered his own career trajectory.

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Tags: Coaching, Business, Goals

Walking the Walk: 5 Key Steps to Going Deeper and Living Better

Posted by Brenda Harralson, Director of eLearning, Rialto Academy on Jun 5, 2018 7:56:00 AM

I took a long walk with a dear friend this weekend. We covered a lot of ground—five miles, as well as a thorough account of all that’s going on in our lives.  

These walks have become an every-other-weekend ritual for us, and something we both count on.

For years, we struggled to find the time to get together. Several months always slipped by between managing to meet for lunch or a glass of wine after work.

For those of us who are burning the candle at multiple ends—demanding careers, active families, and high expectations for ourselves—24 hours in a day rarely feels like enough. There aren’t easy answers to fitting it all in, but for me, walking has proven to be a solution that combines important goals and brings about far greater results than what tends to occur when sedentary.

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Tags: Leadership, Life, Productivity, Community

Infographic: Why Entrepreneurs Should Fast-Track Their Business in 2018

Posted by Jonathan Moerbe, CEO and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on May 29, 2018 7:39:00 AM

There’s never been a better time to be a small business owner! The challenges are certainly high, but the opportunities are greater than ever.

If you’ve ever felt alone as a business owner, it’s time to fix that! Whether it’s with a coach, a mentor, or a peer, connect with someone who understands the opportunities you’re seeking and the frustrations you’re facing.

Check out this research about what the rest of 2018 could mean for your business.

(Click the infographic to enlarge.)

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Tags: Business, Entrepreneurs, Trends

Top 5 Reasons Why Business Etiquette Matters Now More than Ever

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on May 22, 2018 7:43:00 AM

Has business etiquette posed a challenge for you lately? How would you know?

Whether you’ve recently found yourself on the receiving end of someone else’s poor choice of words or you’ve been the source of an etiquette snafu that’s had embarrassing consequences, it’s becoming increasingly clear that in the modern business climate, etiquette can be confusing.

For many, the concept of etiquette conjures up images of extended pinky fingers while sipping tea, multiple forks with strict rules concerning which one to use and when, or guidelines for courtship that feel more appropriate to life on another planet than the realities of modern life.

What role does etiquette play in a global, digital, gender-neutral, increasingly casual business climate?

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Tags: Business, Life, Etiquette

5 Ways Kindness Can Transform Your Life (and Your Business)

Posted by Jonathan Moerbe, CEO and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on May 15, 2018 7:44:00 AM

Nearly 2,500 years ago, Plato wrote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Wisdom such as this has staying power.

Even so, it can be tempting, as we go about our daily lives, to get impatient, annoyed, or judgmental when the people we encounter don’t behave in a way that suits us. The unhelpful customer service person, the rude person at the checkout counter, the parents of the disruptive child, the critical or demanding client, the distracted driver.…

You get the idea: How often do we find ourselves thinking: “What’s their problem!!??”

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Tags: Business, Life, Kindness

So, You’re Ready for a Business Coach? Five Qualities to Look For

Posted by Barbara Lee, Staff Author, Rialto Academy on May 8, 2018 7:35:00 AM

What do professional musicians, movie stars, athletes, and successful entrepreneurs all have in common? They all have a coach, or in some cases, multiple coaches. But not all coaches are created equal. If you’ve made the decision to enter into a coaching relationship to achieve your goals and take your business to the next level, consider the five roles a business coach should play in the coaching partnership:

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Tags: Coaching, Accountability, Business Coaching

Who Ya Gonna Call: Manager, Mentor, or Coach?

Posted by Mel Reed, Core Coach, Rialto Academy on May 1, 2018 7:45:00 AM

Maybe you are ready to do something different, but you just aren’t sure what that “something” is. Perhaps you’re looking for a change, a different perspective, or have important goals to reach. What’s the best source to get the answers you desire? If you don’t find someone to help, chances are that your quest for different will end up more of the same. day after day, and year after year.

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Tags: Coaching

The Top 5 Burning Questions Real Estate Agents Ask Their Coach

Posted by Mike Horwitz, Core Coach, Rialto Academy on Apr 24, 2018 7:39:00 AM

There are five common themes to the questions I hear from real estate agents on a regular basis. Whether they are new or experienced, in the business for one, three or 10 years, the questions around how to build a great business are focused on what should get done, how it gets done, who should be on the team, when the work should get done, and finally, why are we doing it?

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Tags: Coaching, Productivity, Real Estate

Lonely at the Top?  3 Ways Leaders Have More Fun and Feel Less Risk

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Apr 17, 2018 2:34:00 PM

If you’re an entrepreneur, you may be the boss of other people, or maybe you’re a one-person department. Yet in all cases, maybe you’re, as Roy Orbison would say, “only the lonely”?

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Tags: Business Coaching, Leadership, Entrepreneur

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