It’s long overdue for you to meet Landon Wright, a key part of our success equation at LNE Consulting. Landon is a well-rounded businessman with expertise ranging from entrepreneurship, to sales, to campaign management, to human resources. When he’s not wearing a variety of hats here in Hollywood, he’s traveling and doing consulting for our branch offices throughout the country.
If you have a friend who is a “consultant,” you wouldn’t be alone if you were afraid to ask what that actually means. We’re fearless, though (ha!), so we decided to ask Landon all about his work, and we even asked him to share a few pearls of wisdom that might be applicable to anyone reading this! The depth of his well thought-out answers is evidence of everything we love about working with this huge asset, Mister Right… we mean, Wright.
So, Landon, let’s start with the basics… what do you do as a consultant for LNE Consulting?
When traveling to offices around the country, as well as in our home base in South Florida, my goal is to significantly improve efficiency when it comes to our systems. Our business is extremely focused on enlightening and enriching our employees’ professional lives through developing them to meet their potential. To realize this goal, we must start before we even meet this candidate.
I meet with the staff and teams to analyze the progress at every step throughout the entire relationship with each member of our team. So from recruiting, to on-boarding, to how we coach and continue to build stronger teams. We excel at so much already, so my goal is to fix the subtle holes in our game, and then take it to next level.
In your opinion, why do you excel in this role?
When I started in our business over five years ago, I was told that this is a “people helping people business.” As much as I wanted to believe this wholeheartedly, I was initially a little skeptical about my mentors’ sincerity. I believe that this desire to dig deeper and test my first impressions allows me to excel in business consulting. That being said, I was excited to learn from and trust in the genuine business leaders I work with.
What is the most gratifying part of what you do?
Our business is all about giving of yourself to better others, rather than expecting something greater in return. I find myself striving for this same altruistic mindset when consulting. The most gratifying is seeing progress in people, regardless of the amount.
My goal has always been that no matter how long I’ve worked with someone — whether it be a day, a week, a month, or a year — that this person has improved in some form or fashion, whether it be an increase in confidence, communication skills, or just ability to interact with people.
What are some of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, in your opinion?
It is in the nature of a small business for its leaders to wear many hats. This, unfortunately, can lead to some of the most valuable members handling tasks that are either not at the top of their priorities list or are frankly not productive. Being busy can too often be misconstrued as being productive, and they are not necessarily indicative to one another. This doesn’t always mean “productive = money making”, though we absolutely should not overlook that either.
So how should business owners determine what deserves their attention?
The questions to be asked to determine priority should often be “Can anyone else do this?” or “Am I the most qualified for this task?” For instance, I can delegate out certain elementary tasks while I have a critical conversation with a team member that I am the most qualified to have. In essence, just because you marked a number of line items off of your “to-do” list, doesn’t necessarily mean you were effective at improving your business today.
What patterns have you noticed about small business owners themselves?
Most small business owners are already resilient people, whether it be naturally or developed over the course of their careers. This can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s admirable that they know struggling along the way through business is simply par for the course. We can often expect these frequent minor failures and sometimes we forget the power of every day.
What separates the successful businesses from the rest?
I’ve worked with so many wise, successful business leaders who focus on being intentional each and every day. They strive to get the most out of each one; wringing each day dry, getting to the very last drop out of life.
Could you leave us with one final pearl of wisdom?
Don’t underestimate your energy and ability to make strategic, incremental improvements on your business every day.
Can we assume that you now understand why we love Landon? Now that we’ve covered the basics, you probably have a solid understanding of what LNE Consulting’s awesome business consultant does! Keep in touch with our Hollywood-based firm by following us on Instagram @LNE_Consulting.
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