EP12: Michael Hopkinson From Backpacking Across England To Building A Successful Painting Company in Australia
In this episode of DYB, Steve interviews Michael Hopkinson,
Owner/Operator of Hopkinson Painting based in Australia.
Growing up, Michael has always been a painter; Getting into the trade as soon as he was old enough at the ripe age of 17.
After a few years working in a large corporate environment, he left and moved on to start his own painting business.
Although he struggled at first, Michael eventually grew the business to the point of hiring 10+ staff members.
Enjoy this fascinating conversation as both dive into the cultural differences between the USA and Australia, the differences in business practices in both countries, Hiring, Leadership, and developing a custom tech stack for Michael’s company.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
-How to stop micromanaging your team
-Sowing the value of ownership into an organization
-How Learning Body Language helps you become a better leader
-Differences Between The USA and Australia; Culturally and Business-Wise.
-How business operates differently in smaller communities
“You can’t just say ‘We’ll just get started and see how it goes.’ You need to put a price on your work.”
“Give your painters freedom to do what they do best.”
“If you love it, stick with it.”
[20:18] What are the differences between the United States and Australian painting industries?
[26:54] What kind of Painting does Hopkinson Painting provide?
[31:06] What was the biggest paradigm shift Michael made that altered his business?
[38:50] What does Michael do to help elevate his company culture?
[42:42] What is in Michael’s Tech Stack, and how he went about creating a custom application for his business.
Michael’s Cathedral Project: See pictures below
Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
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