Kevin Nolan Discusses How Being Open Works at Nolan Painting, Inc.

Kevin Nolan, founder and president of Nolan Painting, is a leader who truly exemplifies our October theme of Openness. From open book management, to how he establishes goals for his team, Kevin has been in business since the 1970s and runs what has become the largest residential painting company in the US! If Kevin sounds familiar, that’s because he was a guest on the Doing (good) Business live podcast panel, in Season 1 and we’re thrilled to have him back for a deep dive into Openness. 

Follow their painting adventures on Facebook and check out Nolan in the Neighborhood to see all of the community causes and outreach they support, like December 14th’s Reindeer Romp 5K in Havertown, PA with pizza & pub crawl right after - they’ve raised $500K for American Cancer Society over the years!

Powerful takeaways from Kevin:

  • “Good leaders have to cultivate the things they want in their business”

  • Open Book Management - what it is, how Nolan Painting practices it, and why

  • “I open myself up to them, and they do the same - I know about my people”

  • Pay for performance system built around the company’s monthly KPIs - that are posted on a white wall in the building!

  • Focus on the values (theirs include friendliness and accountability)

  • The 2 books Kevin used to create the Nolan Painting culture: Ownership Thinking & The Great Game of Business

  • Kevin’s advice to other business owners and leaders who want to adopt similar philosophies? Be a student. Cultivate it.