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Small Axe Podcast

Oct 18, 2021

Today’s guest is the wonderful Jonathan Goldhill who is a masterful business coach and personal strategist specializing in guiding next-generation leaders of family businesses to scale up their business as they take control over the leadership and ownership of the family business. Jonathan left New York for California at age 20 after his family's large, privately-held men's apparel manufacturing company - started by his great-grandfather - sold to a conglomerate in its third generation of family ownership. Within ten years, Jonathan had established himself as the go-to expert for entrepreneurs looking to find their version of freedom. Today, Jonathan brings thirty years of experience to his clients advising, coaching, consulting, training, and guiding entrepreneurial and family businesses.

This really interesting episode is essential for those of you who want to learn more about business coaching, and might be incredibly helpful for you who have family businesses. If this episode is something that you might be interested in, make sure to tune in until the end or reach out to Jonathan through the links below to know more about this topic! 


[00:01 – 12:09] Opening Segment 

  • I introduce our guest, Jonathan Goldhill
  • Connect with Jonathan through the links below
  • Jonathan, at first, was a surfer but not on the water
    • His first business led him to have his MBA
    • Jonathan discovered he wanted to mentor others
  • Jonathan has been mentoring others for 30 years now
  • Jonathan is passionate about helping others while having freedom
  • Expounding on the health and dynamics of a family business ownership
  • Family businesses are just like regular businesses
  • Jonathan shares a story about a family business he worked on

[12:10 – 21:58] More into Family Business Coaching

  • Jonathan shares the process and steps when he coaches
  • The methodology Jonathan does to process the problem
  • Jonathan acts as a Business Therapist
  • Better people, better dynamic, better health
  • Jonathan shares how his clients relate with each other
  • The Number 2 person in the leadership
  • Finding the complement for your business


[21:59 – 36:00]  Jonathan’s Book: The Disruptive Successor


  • Jonathan wrote this according to his experience
  • Revealing the story of his family and himself
  • The story of how Jonathan found his way to doing what he love
  • The framework Jonathan shares to further your business success
  • Jonathan’s mission is to help the successors not be disruptive
  • What parent’s jobs are in the lives of their children
  • The 7 P’s


[36:01 - 39:44] Closing Segment

  • Jonathan wants to be seen as someone who was a guide to others
  • Connect with Tim through the links below
  • Final words




Tweetable Quotes:

They needed mentoring. The parents kind of knew that what got the business to where it is today wasn’t going to get their son or daughter to that next level.” - Jonathan Goldhill


Family businesses are just like regular businesses, there’s just the added dynamic of the interpersonal relationships and the history of the family.” - Jonathan Goldhill


The family is the ultimate business unit.” - Jonathan Goldhill

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