Meet Lindon A. Crow
Hello, my name is Lindon Austin Crow, President of Productive Learning. Almost 30 years ago, my father, Lindon Oscar Crow, founded Productive Learning. His dedication to helping people become the best versions of themselves created not only this extraordinary business but a unique environment to grow up in as well. But that’s his story, and this is mine.
I was born and raised in San Clemente, California and grew up in a household that taught the value of typical morals and ethics: trust, honesty, responsibility, compassion, etc. However, my family has always been committed to going beyond typical. My parents began teaching us at an early age that not only were we responsible for our own actions, but also how and why that responsibility was predicated by a commitment to the mastery of our internal world. I learned that I was the one who had to live with me. I learned that doing actions merely to please others, although very comforting and safe, was not what I should be seeking. I learned to desire a type of fulfillment that could only come from within. I learned how to love and care for myself so that I could then give to others.
Now, I'm sure you've noticed this is not your typical "leadership biography" and you're right. We are not your typical company and this is not a typical leadership workshop. The type of work we do at Productive Learning most likely falls outside of anything you have experienced before and I am extremely proud to be continuing the work and building upon the foundation my father has laid for us all.
I attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where I majored in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. At the time it was not my intention to take over the family business. I had many interests back then: wine and viticulture, business, music, sports and competition. These interests are still passions of mine, but it was not until after graduation and a 6 month stint living on my own in Ecuador that I returned home to San Clemente and found my calling.
Continuing my own journey of self-exploration after college and living abroad I found it natural to dive into some of the workshops offered here at Productive Learning: Beyond Reasons and Mind in Business, etc. It was through these courses that I developed a deeper sense of self and could see why my father had spent so many years doing the same.
In 2010, I joined the Productive Learning team (or as it was known back then, PL&L). I studied under the leadership of my father and other esteemed veteran trainers: Betty Jo Waxman and Susan Mayginnes. Through the two year "Trainer's Training" program I learned methodologies and studied research from world renowned psychologists in the areas of consciousness and self-inquiry. The ideas and practices of trainers and authors such as Gay and Kathleen Hendricks of the Hendricks Institute and Byron Katie, author of "The Work", have laid the foundation from which Productive Learning is built.
But I could not merely study these principles, I was required to embody them and live them. I knew that in order to help others find their true selves, I would have to do the same. I was challenged and questioned and prodded every step of the way.
To this day I continue to take workshops, because I believe our work is never done. In fact, all Productive Learning employees are in their own workshops and we maintain a culture of learning and self-exploration within our own business.
After completing the training program, I began leading workshops as a trainer. I have taught somewhere around 40 different workshops and facilitated over 640 hours of in-person training. Which has guided individuals to a deeper understanding of themselves, their passions, their inner calm and has propelled them to levels of fulfillment that they previously believed were unattainable. Over 2,400 people have attended my workshops, many of whom have become lifelong clients of Productive Learning.
In 2012, I began taking more of a leadership role in the business, and functioned as the COO for a year. During that period I took on the operational aspects of the business, and with that came more learning and more responsibility. By 2013, I had developed a level of mastery running the operations of Productive Learning allowing my father more time to enjoy being a new grandfather and travelling the world, and he made the decision to transition out of his role of full-time CEO. It was at that time that I made the leap.
That's right, at 26 years old, I stepped into the role of President. That year I became a business owner and also married the love of my life (talk about a whole lot of feelings). I'm sure many of you are familiar with my wonderful wife, Cassie, who is also a trainer at Productive Learning.
We met when she was working for Productive Learning's Northern California branch. She was spunky, feisty, beautiful, raw, honest and also deeply inspired to know everything about herself. I had truly met my match: someone who I could share this passion and work with, but also someone who would call me out and challenge me and push me. That was exactly what I needed in a partner.
For the last three years, I have been on a mission to bring the work we do to a broader audience. To help develop the next generation of "ProLearners" because I have seen what it has done for my life and the lives our clients and I believe it can change yours too.
Let's do this, together.