Jan. 11, 2022

EP 54: Hungry, Humble & Smart

EP 54: Hungry, Humble & Smart

Building a successful business takes time and effort but it can provide you the freedom to pursue other things. Sean Sullivan started out as a remodeler and subcontractor and used the Japanese concept of Kaizen to continuously improve himself, his team, and transform his business.


Building a successful business takes time and effort but it can provide you the freedom to pursue other things. Our guest Sean Sullivan started out as a remodeler and subcontractor and used the Japanese concept of Kaizen to continuously improve himself, his team, and transform his business, Living Stone Design + Build, into the award-winning custom home and renovation firm that it is today. He now has the time to focus on other passions such as community initiatives, teaching, mentoring and has even opened additional businesses.

Show highlights include:

  • Transformation from a small remodeler and subcontractor to an award-winning custom home builder (3:43) 
  • Learning to build beautiful custom homes doing nothing more than watching This Old House reruns (7:52) 
  • The “Triple H” formula for identifying and attracting top talent to work for you (12:32) 
  • Why hiring new employees based on their skills kills your momentum (and the two “odd” traits to investigate instead) (13:50) 
  • 3 simple application questions for instantly vetting if someone’s a good fit for your company (16:20) 
  • How the scientifically-proven “Predictive Index” test prevents your team members from burning out (18:00) 
  • Free time allowed for the idea behind the “Design District” secret for rejuvenating a town and its businesses (22:45) 

If you’d like to learn more about Sean, you can find his website at https://www.livingstoneconstruction.com

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