We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Goldhill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jonathan, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Most outsiders probably think anyone can become a consultant or coach. And, that’s true. Unlike the accountant or attorney, coaches and consultants are not licensed or required to get continuing professional education (CPE) credits annually. While there are several coaching and consulting organizations that issue certifications, few people are aware of these certifying organizations, which primarily exist to create some defensible position on the mastery achieved by those getting certified. I believe what’s more important than certification is qualifications. That is, what qualifies someone to be your coach or consultant. In my area of coaching, which is business coaching, the qualifications are more equated to years of training, proven processes or metholodologies, industry experience and results with clients. 

What should our readers know about your business?
My company, the Goldhill Group, is a business coaching practice for entrepreneurs and family-run businesses, many in the construction and real estate related-industries with 10 to 250 employees who want or are growing at above-average growth rates i.e, 20% per year. They seek coaches who can help them with their people and processes and improvement of profitability, which to them is the true measure of success. Through either or both one-on-one coaching and leadership team coaching, I guide them to improve their people, processes and profits by building a strong organizational culture with the right people in the right seats doing the right things. My 30 years experience as a business coach, consultant and advisor to start-up and small businesses (under $30M in annual revenues) in over 100 different industries gives me the experience. My depth of experience in the construction and specifically landscape industry makes me somewhat of an experienced expert in those trades. Beginning with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Consulting following a few business ventures I started, I found the lessons learned from my failures were my real start and more recently my successes were defining moments. I have learned that Albert Einstein was right when he said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” When I started my consulting in 1987, I offered mostly knowledge i.e., what I had learned in school and from books. Now after 30 years of experience, I can oftentimes speak from my application of that knowledge, and thus my experience. My most successful clients are disruptors and successors in family businesses. My brand, and book, Disruptive Successor: A Guide for Driving Growth in Your Family Busness, is a playbook for scaling up your family business, dealing with family conflict, and succession (passing the baton to the next generation leader). In my book, I drive home the importance of the 7 Ps in my Playbook (purpose, planning, products, people, priorities, processes, and performance). I”m most excited about my clients who 2-10x their businesses working with me because I know I’ve done my part.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in the suburbs near Westlake Village between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. So we would start the days with a hike, bike ride or something challenging in the Santa Monica mountains on either electric powered or human powered bikes. We would head down to Zuma for some beach fun, stop by Malibu Pier (stop in at the Farm), take them If the restaurants are open to Nobu or I would ask my two friends, restaurant owners in NYC and LA, for the names of the “hottest” spots in town. The names I know are the classics like Spagos, The Ivy, etc. in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills and then there are the newer spots like Porta Via, Scopa, etc. I would space these out throughout the week. I would definitely show them Venice Beach, show the the bungalows and homes along the Venice Canals. Take them to the arts district in DTLA for their art walk, and hit one of the many speakeasys down there. Then we would head up towards Hollywood through Silverlake, Eagle Rock and Echo Park for some live music or entertainment. They would need to see Burbank/Universal Studio – at least Citywalk – to get the influence of the major motion picture studios. Perhaps we’d take a drive up the 2 Freeway to Montrose and visit Descanso Gardens. I’d take them to LACMA, the Gehry, The Broad, and any of the galleries near the Blue Whale / West Hollywood. I would take them out on the water for standup paddleboarding in Oxnard or Marina del Rey. While in Burbank, we’d stop in to the Equestrian Center to see some activity. I could keep on going here, because there’s an endless list of places to see and things to do. But, we’d need to have some downtime at a local winery, Stonehaus maybe, or head up towards the Santa Ynez Valley for some R&R.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many names and organizations to mention here. The late Tom O’Malia, my professor in Entrepreneurship where I got my MBA (USCs Marshall School of Business), where I got my start consulting to entrepreneurs. John Rooney, my first boss in the consulting industry, who became President of VEDC where I was a Vice President. The more than 20 coaches who pushed me in all ways. There were several coaching organizations I partnered with to utilize their proven processes, tools and methodologies, They include: The Growth Coach, The Coaches’ Coach, Gazelles International and Scaling Up. Finally, there are hundreds of book authors whose contributions educated and informed me. Some of my favorites are Patrick Lencioni, Jack Welch and Peter Drucker.

Website: www.thegoldhillgroup.com and www.disruptivesuccessor.com and www.disruptivesuccessorshow.com
Instagram: @jonathangoldhill
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thegoldhillgroup
Twitter: @Coach2CEOs
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGoldhillGroup

Image Credits
Thomas Wasper for picture of me on stoop

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