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4 Reasons Why In-Person Workplace Instruction Is Here to Stay

Posted by Brenda Harralson, Director of eLearning, Rialto Academy on Aug 30, 2018 7:49:00 AM

There’s been a lot of debate recently in employee learning and development circles about the relevance of the the live instructor in the digital age. This discussion all seems to revolve around a central question: Is in-person training becoming extinct, to be replaced by all-digital learning solutions?

As learning and development (L&D) professionals work to stay relevant and competitive, it can be easy to abandon in-person training for more "efficient" online options. Even as leaders of organizations who are becoming increasingly technology-dependent find legitimate gains from new technology, they need to recognize that these L&D options create a broader toolkit that still should include live training. Online, self-paced training fills many gaps in the training landscape, but it is not the panacea to heal all training ills.

Here are four reasons why we think live-and-in-person training, facilitation, and talent development are here to stay—but they must evolve.

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Tags: Business, Coaching, e-learning, talent development

Top 3 Burning Questions About How to Fuel Lead Generation

Posted by Mike Horwitz, Core Coach, Rialto Academy on Aug 14, 2018 7:42:00 AM

After more than four decades in business, I have come to realize that one key truth about business has come to supersede all others: lead generation is at the foundation of success. As a business coach, I am absolutely dedicated to ensuring that my clients recognize this imperative and build habits that support lead generation as Job No. 1.

We are, after all, capable of so much more than we realize—and funding the great life that we dream of calls for a steady stream of leads, especially in the real estate industry. The alternative is a recipe for either an unmanageable feast-or-famine roller-coaster, or ultimately, business failure.

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Tags: Business, Coaching, Real Estate, lead generation

Are You Lonely at the Top?  3 Ways to Have More Fun and Feel Less Risk

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Aug 8, 2018 7:44:00 AM

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, Entrepreneur, Leadership

Where Money and Mission Converge: The Social Entrepreneur (Part 1)

Kathryn Lewis-Peacock’s Social Entrepreneur Series explores how these visionary entrepreneurs drive both social innovation and revenue through a commitment to contributing to their communities in a meaningful, sustainable way.

If there is one common theme in the work I do with people from the nonprofit world to those in the most aggressive corporate environments, it would come down to this sentiment:

“I want to do good in the world, but I also want to make money…What do I do?”   

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Tags: Business, Leadership, Revenue, Mission, Nonprofit

Here’s Why You Need to Pay Attention to Your Online Presence

Posted by Brenda Harralson, Director of eLearning, Rialto Academy on Jul 24, 2018 7:39:00 AM

If you search for yourself online, what do you see? Do you like the results? Are you seeing any results at all? We’ve all heard horror stories of errant tweets or negative reviews impacting a business’ bottom line, and it’s no different for real estate agents. Remember, your greatest real estate marketing tool is yourself!

It’s important to build—and maintain—an online brand that your potential clients will want to hire. Here are four steps to making the internet work for you.

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Tags: Business, technology, Real Estate

Level Up Your Goals: 4 Ways to Move the Needle and Create Big Change

Posted by Jonathan Moerbe, CEO and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Jul 10, 2018 7:45:00 AM

 

Goal-setting is a prime lesson in “Personal Productivity 101.” It’s one of the most powerful habits an entrepreneur, salesperson—or really any professional—can have, but too often, goals feel out of reach.

Why is that?

At times, it can feel like creating a puzzle without the picture. What’s realistic? What’s feasible? What both fits with what we are currently doing and sets us down the right path?

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Tags: Coaching, Goals, Business, Productivity

Top 4 Challenges of the Virtual Workplace—and How to Overcome Them

Posted by Brenda Harralson, Director of eLearning, Rialto Academy on Jul 3, 2018 7:37:00 AM

Here at Rialto Academy, we run a lean, fast-moving operation with a small team of committed folks who love what we do. Unlike bigger, more corporate companies, we don’t have meetings about meetings, we don’t argue about who left the coffee pot empty in the breakroom, and we don’t have a complicated system for requesting time off. Like a growing number of businesses—both large and small—we all work from home, and we all love the benefits that come with that cozy territory: lack of commute (and traffic!), flexibility when one of us (or one of our kids) is sick, increased ability to focus and be productive…the list goes on and on.

That said, being part of a virtual workplace is not without its drawbacks. We’ve taken a poll among our team to identify the top four challenges we face working on a virtual team—and how we’ve overcome them to stay productive, exceed our clients’ expectations, and enjoy each other’s (virtual) company while we’re at it.

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Tags: Business, technology, Real Estate

Four Ways Technology Is Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate

Posted by Brenda Harralson, Director of eLearning, Rialto Academy on Jun 28, 2018 7:39:00 AM

You’d expect to hear a lot about the economy at one of the world’s biggest real estate industry conferences. Or perhaps even the current state of housing and urban development. But things are changing in this once-traditional industry, and Keller Williams is on the cutting edge. Gary Keller opened this year’s Family Reunion—a networking and training event that brings together thousands of top agents and leaders in the company—with a rousing speech about the ways technology is disrupting the landscape.

“Technology is rewriting the rules, reinventing job descriptions, creating new industries, and eliminating others. I’m ready to rewrite the rules if you are,” Keller said.

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Tags: Business, technology, Real Estate

Leadership and Chicken Saltimbocca: A Story of a Manly Realtor Who Cooks

Posted by Les McGehee, President and Master Coach, Rialto Academy on Jun 26, 2018 7:45:00 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 creativity.

Men commune.

Along the railroad stops of long ago, you’d often find a café nestled near the tracks. A tiny town, a dirt road, a simple kitchen—all elements that contributed to a crucible of connection, a crossroads at mealtime. Men who would have otherwise never sat down together would do so over the same fare—whatever the café was serving that day. And even though it was a gathering of men with disparate experiences and lives, a shared meal offered just enough cover to allow any core values that men talk to men about to move around without feeling stared at.

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Tags: Business, Leadership, Growth, Real Estate

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

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