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Inspiring Conversations with Jonathan Goldhill of Goldhill Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Goldhill.

Hi Jonathan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My first business struggles came in the clothing business. A failed Venice Beach, CA business with a “wearable” clothing artist and designer seemed destined to succeed given my family history and my entrepreneurial enthusiasm. But our success was short-lived – a failure easily explained by a partnership gone awry. Had we been family or shared a vision with a long-term outlook, we might have succeeded. Instead, we were just crossing paths in life as time would reveal. I felt enriched and ripped off by the experience of my partnership with the artist.

You learn more from your failures than your successes, as they say, and this experience sent me heading off to graduate school to get my MBA in entrepreneurship and cement those learnings. But my real challenges were yet to come. Degree in hand, I joined a small consulting services company, which dissolved around me when the Executive Director retired one year later and all our contracts dried up. The three people remaining at the company – including me — were left to save the business. We began by borrowing $10,000 from the local Chamber of Commerce, and less than ten years later, we had built a nationally recognized firm with over $7 million in assets, $4 million in annual contracts, and more than 30 workers. Looking back, this was my disruptive successor story – although not in a family business.

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur, Founder of Apple Inc.

Ten years later, looking to be in a more entrepreneurial business, I jumped into a fast-growing digital media event management company as Chief Operating Officer. But my timing could not have been worse! Less than one year later “dot-com” bubble burst and took the company out and with it a good chunk of my stock portfolio. So, I went back to consulting and slowly, over time, scraped my way back successfully to a home-based consulting services business supporting my family. Once I went out on my own as a solopreneur, I never looked back. But it wasn’t easy in the early years to market my business as a consultant and coach to small and medium-sized corporations. So many of my efforts didn’t pan out! I know the pain of trying to grow a business.

As I built up my consulting practice and made the transition to becoming a business coach, I learned what most of these business owners had in common in terms of their struggles. I had experienced many of the issues myself but was rapidly discovering how widespread they were.

Case after case, I was working with founders on:

● Time Management
● Priority Management
● Goal Setting
● Results Tracking
● Work-Life Balance Integration
● Leadership and People Management
● Financial Knowledge
● Marketing and Selling
● Operations, Systems and Process Management

Once I recognized the framework, it was easier to get owners to see how their business fit into a pattern – a pattern I had could give them tools for to create their solutions to their challenges. I didn’t need to teach each person a specific way to fix their problems. It was much better to deliver general concepts that taught owners the basics of people management, priority and time management, marketing strategy, and financial management, so they could diagnose and cure whatever came up for them.

We’ve been impressed with Goldhill Group, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Passionate about working with leaders of entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses, I guide entrepreneurs and owners to freedom in their work and personal life. I have guided over 1,000 business owners in more than 100 industries over a 30-year career (13 as a strategic coach and 17 as a business consultant). I also built the largest business and economic development firm in California.

As a strategic thinker, a business/executive coach, a sales/ marketing coach and personal mentor with 10,000+ hours of advisory experience, I draw from a mix of proven tools to help business leaders create success for themselves, their teams and their organizations. I excel as a trusted advisor for actionable conversations about the challenges, frustrations and opportunities owners face in running their business: Namely people, execution, strategy and leadership. And I love to guide teams using simple, actionable and proven tools that guide teams through decisions that maximize revenue, profit, freedom and time.

I am known as a growth coach in Los Angeles who works with next-generation leaders in mostly family businesses who helps them drive more success in their business.

My coaching draws from the best practices in the coaching industry for small and lower-middle market companies. People familiar with the books and tools like Traction and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits call upon me to implement these types of operating systems for running their growing business.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Good question. I’m not sure. I have never given that much thought, but I like the idea.


  • Coaching programs start at $2,000 per month

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