What You Can Learn from Bill Belichick to Improve Your Own Career

billbLNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) recently joined the 111 million plus people who tuned into Super Bowl 51. It was a record-breaking wild turn of events, as you probably saw, and the New England Patriots walked away with their fifth title since 2000. One of the common denominators is Coach Bill Belichick. When you take a deeper look into his coaching style, you will find a few strategies that can translate into business leadership as well. Here are a few that we also apply at LNE Consulting.

Bill Belichick and the rest of his staff are constantly evaluating the players’ performance. No one is entitled to a position merely because of his tenure on the team. This is something that we hold near and dear to our hearts here in Hollywood, FL. We do not believe in seniority either. Rather, that the performance and results that an individual brings to the table will determine his or her ability to grow within our company.

The New England Patriots under Coach Belichick completely changed the metrics that they measured themselves against. They weren’t trying to be average. Here at LNE Consulting we also do not settle for the status quo, which is one reason we’ve thrived for so many years. We are always looking for ways to improve our team and our performance, thinking outside the box for new ways to get an edge on the competition.

xupoqdtqdwv48mabrqWith numbers at hand, the Patriots coaching staff has made their decisions unemotionally and based on numbers. This is extremely important in business, especially marketing and sales. In fact, when someone joins our team this is one of their first lessons — how to take emotion out of your results and focus on the numbers. When you master that, everything becomes much simpler and the path to success is that much more evident.

Lastly, Coach Belichick has instilled a matter of team pride in the New England Patriots that is unwavering. They believe, to their core, that the team comes first above the individual. In order for any organization, business or sports, to reach unprecedented success, this has to be their attitude. Here at LNE Consulting, we have massive goals that we are striving for and the only way we will do so is with a strong team camaraderie. To learn more about our company culture be sure to check us out on Instagram @ LNE_Consulting.

3 Killer Quotes to Motivate You Today

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) we love a good motivational quote, and here we’d like to share three that made an impact on us. Enjoy!

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” – Michael Phelps

There is no one better to share words of wisdom like these than Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. His results speak for themselves: he’s set goals that undeniably forced him to step outside what would be comfortable, even for a top athlete. We humbly echo his sentiments here at LNE Consulting and encourage every member of the team to set audacious goals to really push themselves.

“I know how it looks. But just start. Nothing is insurmountable.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

This quote speaks to how difficult it is to get started on something new, but how important it is to try. The great thing is, once you get going, momentum will take over and help carry you forward. With the right attitude and work ethic, there are few things that can’t be accomplished. So the next time you find yourself procrastinating getting started, just force yourself to take the first step, even if it’s a baby one.

“Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand. Every minute needs to count.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Vaynerchuk is a master motivator if we’ve ever seen one, and he couldn’t be more right about what it means to hustle. When you’re truly hustling you know it. You’re not just “sort of” focused and “kind of” working hard. When you’re hustling you’re running on all cylinders, you’re a man with a plan, you’re a woman on a mission. If you’ve ever been in the zone, you know what it feels like to put every minute and every ounce of your energy towards achieving a goal. Why is this important? Because this is the key to achieving greatness.

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Giving 100% and Stepping Outside One’s Comfort Zone: Two Essentials for Success

Developing a successful mentality is an integral part of the management training program at LNE Consulting in Hollywood, FL. Here, we will share two quotes that speak to the philosophies that are most important at our firm.

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” – Walt Disney

The most important part of this quote is where Disney talks about devoting all of your energy to a goal. Anyone who has ever accomplished something major will tell you that it’s all about giving it your all. When you keep your back doors open and don’t fully commit to seeing something through, you’ll find that your likelihood of success shrinks dramatically. As Disney said, when you give 100% to your goal, you’ll either achieve it, or you’ll discover something even greater. The key is to go all in if anything is going to be worth your while.

“Sometimes, I shake if I have to do something that I’ve never done before –– maybe not noticeably, but inside. But I’ll do it, because I know it’s not an insurmountable task; I’ve done plenty of tasks in my life.” – Martha Stewart

Say what you will about Martha Stewart, but you have to admit that she’s a well-accomplished woman who’s accumulated a lot of wisdom in her day. This quote is all about comfort zones. As we like to say at LNE Consulting, it’s about getting comfortable being uncomfortable.

It’s totally normal to feel timid when it comes to trying something new. It’s important to realize, though, that living outside of your comfort zone is almost like exercising a muscle: the more you do it, the stronger you become. If you get in the habit of pushing yourself, you’ll develop confidence that only comes from accomplishing the thing you thought you couldn’t.

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2 Success Quotes that Will Give You Necessary Food for Thought

lne-consulting-1At LNE Consulting we believe that the road to success is almost entirely a mental one. Sure, hard work has its physical components; but, the ability to take action starts in the mind. The rare qualities of self-discipline, grit, optimism, and perseverance are those that separate the successful from the unsuccessful.

Let’s take a look at two of LNE Consulting’s favorite quotes that demonstrate this very thing:

“Pressure can bust pipes, but it also can make diamonds.”  – Robert Horry

We love this quote because it’s all about perspective. Pressure can be destructive, there’s no doubt. But it can also have truly wonderful consequences. If you ask anyone who’s been successful in business (or in any field, for that matter!), they will tell you that they are thankful for the tough lessons they’ve learned along the way.

For every handful of people who cave to pressure and end up giving up, there’s always that success-minded person who makes the decision to turn a potential negative into a real positive. The strongest, most experienced, most successful people are those who have simply toughed it out.

“If I fail more than you, I win.”  – Seth Godin

As confusing as this quote seems at first glance, it’s really quite simple. No one becomes an expert without screwing up. In fact, the fastest way to become successful is to fail as often as possible and learn from your mistakes. Think of the most successful person you know. Do you think that person got there by being flawless and perfect at every moment? We think not! In fact, we know not!

The reason this quote makes sense is because successful people fall hard and then they don’t stop there. They recover from their failure and then they fail again! And again, and again, and again.

Unsuccessful people, however, are often deterred by a single failure. In fact, many people are deterred by the very idea of failure. So, for the people that have the guts to keep on failing, they are eventually going to figure it out, and therefore win.

Stay in touch with our Hollywood, FL team for more quotes and success tips. We’re on Facebook and would love to connect!

The Countdown Has Started: Here’s How to Make the Most Out of the 10 Remaining Days of 2016

lne-consulting-hollywood-christmas201616Whether you’re planning to hustle through the holidays or catch up on some rest and relaxation (or both!), LNE Consulting has some great tips for you to maximize the most wonderful time of the year!

1. Remember that the best “present” is your “presence” — and by that we mean your full attention. It’s important to set boundaries between work time and family time. Whether you’re hanging out with your favorite or least favorite family member (ha!), it’s important to put your phone and laptop away. You’ve probably been on the receiving end of this pesky habit, so you know what it feels like. If you plan on working during your holiday vacation, do so, by all means! Just remember to give 100% of your attention to the task at hand, especially if it’s time that should be designated for connecting with loved ones.

3o7tkwj24u9qq3z6zc2. Do everything you can to end the year with a bang. There are still 10 days left in the year to gain ground on hitting your goals. Or, depending on your actions, that’s 240 lost hours that are chalked up to ‘next year will be my year.’ Just because the year is waning, doesn’t mean that your work ethic or attitude have to.  If you’ve got an important goal, why wait until a certain day to get going? Not to mention, we’ve learned throughout LNE Consulting‘s history is that the more momentum you have as the year closes, the easier it will be to pick back up as soon as the ball drops.

3. Set new goals that you care deeply about. New Years Resolutions are a dime a dozen and only a fraction ever come to fruition. There are many reasons for this, but the common denominator in failed goals is the lack of commitment to seeing them through. If you decide to jump on the New Years Resolutions Bandwagon, do so with vigor. Write your goals down. Discuss them in detail with a mentor. Share them with your friends and family. Head into 2017 with the utmost resolve to accomplish what you’ve set your mind to. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t choose your goals haphazardly over your midnight glass of champagne!

lne-consulting-hollywood-christmas201664. Relax! Meditate! Breath! If you’re avid Stephen Covey fans like we are at LNE Consulting, you’ve heard of “sharpening the saw.” As the story goes, an exhausted woodcutter was attempting to saw down a tree. An onlooker suggested that he stop to sharpen his saw, to which he replied that he didn’t have time to take a break. Now that’s silly! Sharpening the saw is different for every individual, but the idea is to renew yourself. Our CEO, Julie Edmonds, for example, is a big fan of daily meditation. By quieting her mind she is able to stay grounded and run the successful business that she does. The holidays can be a busy time, so don’t forget to take some time to yourself to rejuvenate.

There’s a whole lot of action happening at LNE Consulting. If you’d like to stay up to date with the team be sure to follow us on Instagram @LNE_Consulting!

 

Lindey’s Lessons: Employee Review of LNE Consulting

There’s a reason that LNE Consulting in Hollywood, Florida has been voted one of the best places to work in the United States three years in a row. As a National Best and Brightest Company, they provide ample opportunities for employees to develop professionally as well as having advancement paths within the company. We spent some time with the Hollywood team to learn more about this thriving company and even had a chance to speak with a current employee about some of her experiences. This is what we found…

The LNE Consulting Management team is extremely supportive and hands on with their employees, including President Julie Edmonds. Rather than a directive, micro-managing style however, they empower people to take initiative and be self-sufficient; essentially coaching them on how to manage themselves. Employees are also held to high standards to bring out the best in themselves, there is no such thing as doing the “bare minimum” with this group of go-getters.

As far as the team themselves go, they are a very tight-knit bunch, but always extremely welcoming. They understand that by helping each other reach their goals, in the end, they will all win. Their positive attitudes are contagious and they believe that making excuses is a waste of time. Instead, they take it upon themselves to find solutions to any obstacle that might be in there way (a result of the empowerment given to them by their superiors).

Lindsey Kamen has been a part of the LNE Consulting team for three months and she has already started to see a change in herself professionally, as well as personally!

“I have become a more optimistic person. I’ve learned that having a bad day doesn’t mean you should give up, it just means that tomorrow will be better. Things have a way of balancing themselves out,” said Lindsey.

Part of the training at LNE Consulting is developing a set of habits that will allow someone to reach their true potential in their career. The unique part of this training is that, from what we learned, those habits are completely transferrable into any job, industry, and even life. This is what Lindsey told us about the habits she is developing, “They truly have become a guideline for the road to my success. Following these habits is helping me become a better person and employee.”

To learn more about this award-winning company, follow them on LinkedIn.

Lessons from Mark Cuban – 2

LNE-CONSULTING-LESSONS-MARK-CUBAN-2LNE Consulting is excited to continue our Lessons from Mark Cuban blog series! If you missed Lesson #1, you can read it here. In a constant quest to learn more and perfect our craft, we’re enjoying studying the mentality of a billionaire. We hope you enjoy these next lessons from our favorite Shark!

LNE Consulting’s Lesson #2:

Gaining an advantage over the competition is easier than you might think — if you’re willing to put in the effort.

“Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage.”

By its very definition, the state of being “above average” means that you’re different from the masses. So, it goes without saying that doing the things that “most” people do will never earn you “above average” success. Our team here at LNE Consulting is competitive, to say the least — and we’re definitely never satisfied with average in any capacity.

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CEO Julie with pacesetters Jovani and Otto

Mark Cuban ever so flawlessly points out in his book the interesting phenomenon that most people don’t do the most basic, rudimentary things to be great. More specifically, most people don’t take the time to gain a knowledge advantage by reading.

Constant learning is a key habit of the super successful, and it’s an easy one to add to your repertoire if you’re seeking to emulate the greats. If you haven’t yet added reading to your routine, you’ll be amazed to find out how quickly you can step up your game by learning from those who have been there before you. If you are new to sales and are struggling to produce on a consistent basis, guess what? There are thousands of books that will help you. If you are striving to manage a stronger team, there are so many great places to read about the trials and tribulations of those who have already mastered the challenge.

If that doesn’t sound like a great case for reading, put your competitive hat on for a moment and frame it this way: Think of all the other people who have read the literature that you’ve missed.

It’s worth reading this small paragraph from Cuban’s book for yourself:

“Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn’t want it.

 

I remember going into customer meetings or talking to people in the industry and tossing out tidbits about software or hardware… All things I had read. I expected the ongoing response of: ‘Oh yea, I had read that too in such-and-such.’ That’s not what happened.”

Pretty amusing, right? And of course, he’s 100% on point.

Take a moment to think about all of the books that have been recommended to you by your mentors. Have you read them all? How many times? The average individual hasn’t read books like How To Win Friends and Influence People (our own CEO’s favorite) three times, two times — or even once. The average individual doesn’t read the abundance of great articles that are published daily on sites like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. But, taking the time to gain a knowledge advantage is precisely what sky-rocketed billionaire Mark Cuban to success!

To leave you with a fun fact, did you know that reading is what landed Cuban his first job out of college? He lied to his interviewer to get the job (okay, this part we don’t recommend!) and said that he had knowledge of IBM PCs. Instead of chickening out, he brought home different software manuals every night and taught himself what he needed to know. Before he knew it, everyone started to think he knew his stuff. “Turns out, not a lot of people ever bothered to RTFM (read the frickin’ manual),” he wrote. Love this!

Even to this day, Mark Cuban gains comfort and confidence in his businesses by reading each day.

At LNE Consulting, we can’t help but think that all of this is great news for the go getters! Why? Because most of the time, it doesn’t take much to be above average. So step up your reading game and see where it takes you…

Stay tuned for our next lesson from Mark Cuban… and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @LNE_Consulting!

Lessons From Mark Cuban – #1

LNE-CONSULTING-LESSONS-MARK-CUBANBusinessman, film producer, philanthropist, owner of Magnolia Pictures and Landmark Theaters. Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and venture capitalist on Shark Tank. Ah, yes, one of our favorites at LNE Consulting, Mark Cuban.

There are so many incredible entrepreneurs out there who inspire us, but Mark Cuban undoubtedly ranks amongst the top on our list. There is much to be learned from his success, and the lessons we appreciate the most at LNE Consulting are those about his mentality. If you’ve ever read about self-made millionaires and billionaires, or if you’ve ever been lucky enough to spend significant time with one, you’ve probably already noticed that there are key differences in their thought processes from that of the average population.

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Frank and Jovani, up and comers at LNE Consulting

We are firm believers at LNE Consulting that success is not a coincidence. Factoring out those who have inherited their wealth, when you look at the successful versus the unsuccessful, there are real differences in how these groups view the world — and consequently, the ways in which they behave in it.

In the spirit of sharing the Mark Cuban love, we have decided to dedicate an ongoing series of blog posts to lessons from this estimable entrepreneur. We hope you enjoy this ongoing blog series we’ve entitled, “LNE Consulting’s Lessons from Mark Cuban.”


LNE Consulting’s Lesson #1:

The way you react to adversity will make or break you.

“Everyone gets down; the key is how soon you get back up.” -Mark Cuban

One of our favorite anecdotes in Mark Cuban’s book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, is actually one of the lesser known stories about his past. Cuban details the building his first company, Microsolutions, and how exciting it was to bank his first 85 thousand dollars. He then shares some truly gut-wrenching news: His secretary had managed to steal 83 thousand dollars from his company by whiting out vendors’ names on checks, and replacing it with her own.

Before we finish telling you the story, take a moment to absorb what it would be like to have 98 percent of your 2-year earnings wiped out in a single day. We can feel our blood pressure rising just at the thought of this.

Well, like any normal person, Cuban was furious. He did all that he could to recover the money, but without any luck. However, what he did next was arguably a defining moment in his life and career. In fact, we would argue that his reaction foreshadowed his future status as a billionaire.

Cuban decided to get back to work. He reflected in his book,

“What was done, was done… worrying about revenge, getting pissed at the bank, all those ‘I’m going to get even and kick your ass thoughts’ were basically just a waste of energy. No one was going to cover my obligations but me. I had to get my ass back to work, and do so quickly. That’s exactly what I did.”

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Molly, Kollin, Julie, Danisha, Farhia in our Indianapolis office

Impressive. If you think about how the “average” person would have handled this situation, the scene would have played out quite differently. Most people would have been discouraged by the misfortune and would have wallowed in self-pity indefinitely. Most people would have complained and made excuses. Most people would have gone back to a “stable” or “secure” lifestyle as an employee at someone else’s company. But, needless to say, Mark Cuban’s story did not end with the loss of 83 grand.

As budding business leaders at LNE Consulting, we take great comfort in knowing that even this billionaire faced tough times. We take Mark Cuban’s message to heart that everyone goes through struggles and setbacks — it’s all about how quickly you recover and get moving again.

Stay tuned for our next lesson from Mark Cuban… and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @LNE_Consulting!

5 Essential Tips You’ll Need if You Want to Beat Your Best

lne-consulting-beat-your-bestEvery week, the management team at LNE Consulting prepares a message aimed at unifying our team behind a common goal. This week, our focus was on “Beating Your Best,” in honor of our excitement for the upcoming March Madness games! After a successful week of setting personal records and achieving new milestones, we composed 5 tips for improving performance, no matter what industry you work in!

1. Discover your inner confidence
Sometimes, the easiest way to improve performance is to improve your mindset. Ponder these questions for a moment… Do you believe that you are capable of anything you put your mind to — and that with proper training or tools you’re unstoppable? Are you in the driver’s seat of your career and capable of controlling your own long term success? Your answer to these questions should be a loud and resounding “YES”! The sooner you believe it to be true, the quicker you’ll eclipse your own past performances. Remember, your mindset is arguably the most important determining factor in whether you achieve big things.

2. Be absurdly and insanely prepared 
The saying “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is right on the money (pun intended!). The most successful athletes and entrepreneurs all have incredibly rigorous training and preparation schedules because they understand that their performance will be a direct reflection of their preparation. Tiger Woods, regarded as one of the top 3 best golfers in history, still putts and hits balls on the range every day! The premise is simple: if you want to beat your own personal best, you’ll never do it unless you practice your craft and prepare for whatever ‘uncontrollables’ come your way.

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3. Perpetually maintain a student mentality
While an essential part of personal record breaking is practicing what you know — perhaps equally important is continuing to grow. (Anyone else catch that rhyming sentence?) One of the best ways to improve your game is to reach out to others who have already achieved success. Find out what worked for them — and definitely find out what didn’t! If you’re a sponge, continuously absorbing and processing new information, you will undoubtedly grow as a person and as a professional. If you want to be better than you were yesterday, find a mentor or download a great audiobook today.

4. Be hungry
It’s important to note the seemingly obvious fact that in order to beat your best you have to deeply care about your goal. In order to achieve any significant personal milestone, you have to seriously want it. Tom Brady wouldn’t have earned 4 Superbowl rings in 15 years if he didn’t have a burning desire and a competitive spirit that drove him to eat, sleep and breathe football! Want to have better results at work? It’s simple – WANT IT more!

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5. Find a seriously awesome accountability partner
If you really want to beat your best, do NOT go at it alone! Whether it be a coworker, boss, mentor, friend, relative, or your local barista (caffeine addicts, anyone?) just make sure that he or she expects improved performance from you. Accountability partners are designed to mentor and motivate when needed. Lebron James has stellar performance season after season because he holds himself accountable to both his team and his family. Want to be a superstar at work or on the court? Find your wingman/woman to help cheer you on along the race of life!

Remember, gearing up to “beat your best” is a decision! If you want the recipe for self improvement, try coupling your innate desire with the 5 tips we listed above! Stay tuned to see how LNE Consulting plans to beat our best Q1!

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