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E271 | From Disillusioned To Visionary: The Founder’s Journey with Scott Ritzheimer

Have you ever achieved some success and hired people, only to realise that managing people is not for you? Have you become a disillusioned leader?

Being a founder is a wild ride – full of exhilarating highs and crushing lows. After starting a “ridiculous number” of businesses himself, Scott Ritzheimer discovered the secret entrepreneur map with seven stages that nearly every founder goes through: from dissatisfied employee to startup entrepreneur, to reluctant manager, and all the way through to becoming a visionary leader. Scott has been in the trenches and emerged with critical lessons learned that he is keen to share.

In a short period of time, Scott has launched over 22,000 businesses and, whilst doing that he has seen over and over again how the patterns of failure and success repeat themselves. But when leaders get through that challenging journey, they can become visionary founders again. In his book, The Founder’s Evolution, Scott dives into the seven stages that every founder goes through and educates you how to take your leadership skills to the next level, to conquer the journey – and you can get it for FREE (see link below).

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On today’s podcast: 

  • Recognising the pattern of success
  • The Ever-Changing Challenges of Growing a Business: From Execution to Leadership
  • Transitioning from Founder to CEO: Learning to Hire and Lead Executives 
  • The Importance Of Recognising The Different Stages In Your Organisation’s Progression
  • Learning How To Manage People In a Growing Business

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Who is Scott Ritzheimer

Scott is the Founder and CEO of Scale Architects. He has helped start nearly 20,000 new businesses and nonprofits and, with his business partner, led their multimillion-dollar business through an exceptional and extended growth phase (over 10 years of double-digit growth), all before he turned 35. He founded Scale Architects to help businesses nationwide identify the right growth strategies and find the right guides to get them on the fast-track to Predictable Success and stay there as long as possible.

His book, The Founder’s Evolution, helps founders and entrepreneurs discover how to take their leadership skills and abilities to the next level.

What you’ll hear from Scott

3:30 – Finding The Success and Failure Patterns Starting and Scaling Organisation

5:34 – How Did Scott Launch 22,000 Organisations? 

11:05 – Navigating the Challenges of Pioneering and Building a Company

14:38 – Managing Business Growth: Balancing Success, Leadership, and Accountability

16:40 – The Transition From Founder To CEO

18:00 – Learning To Enjoy Each Stage of The Founer’s Journey

21:12 – Stage Three: Becoming The Reluctant Manager

25:13 – Hiring and Training Managers

26:40 – The Importance of Recognising Different Stages in Organisational Progression

29:49 – From Pre-Launch to Visionary: Diving Into The Seven Stages in The Founder’s Evolution

48:04 – What Scott Knows Now That He Wishes He’d Known Earlier?

50:10 – Scott’s Book Recommendations

Scott’s book recommendations 

Predictable Success

The Founder’s Survival Guide


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