Leaders: Don't Let Your Organization Outgrow You!
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Leaders: Don’t Let Your Organization Outgrow You!

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Scott Ritzheimer helped start nearly 20,000 new businesses and nonprofits and with his business partner started led their multimillion-dollar business through an exceptional and extended growth phase (over 10 years of double-digit growth) all before he turned 35. 


In this episode, Scott Ritzheimer, a scale architect, shares his journey as an entrepreneur and the challenges he faced as a founder. He discusses the importance of recognizing patterns and the loneliness that comes with entrepreneurship. Scott also talks about the transition from being a star player to a reluctant manager and the difficulties of moving from captain on the field to coach on the sideline. He emphasizes the need for founders to have a vision for growth and introduces his book, ‘The Founder’s Evolution,’ which explores the seven stages of the founder’s journey.


  • Recognize patterns in your entrepreneurial journey and learn from the experiences of others.
  • Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
  • Transitioning from a star player to a manager can be challenging, but it’s necessary for growth.
  • Moving from being on the field to coaching on the sideline requires a shift in mindset and skills.

Having a vision for growth and understanding the different stages of the founder’s journey is crucial for success.


  • 00:00: Introduction and Background
  • 03:00: Recognizing Patterns and First Leadership Experience
  • 07:00: The Loneliness of Entrepreneurship
  • 11:00: Lessons from Watching a Business Fail
  • 18:00: Transitioning from Star Player to Reluctant Manager
  • 23:00: Transitioning from Captain on the Field to Coach on the Sideline
  • 29:00: Having a Vision for Growth
  • 33:00: The Founder’s Evolution and the Seven Stages
  • 36:00: Promoting the Book and Contact Information


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Scott Ritzheimer

Before Scott Ritzheimer became known as the Scale Architect for helping founders build some of the most successful organizations in the country, he had to first figure out how to do it himself. After starting a business at the age of 21 with nothing but a hope and a dream, he and his business partner quickly realized there was no handbook for building a successful business. Over the course of the next decade, he helped start a staggering 20,000 businesses and nonprofits and learned just how hard and how rewarding owning and running a business can be.

Today he helps founders and CEOs identify and implement the one essential strategy they need right now to get them on the fast track to Predictable Success. 


If you’d like to lead your business or nonprofit to Predictable Success without feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or out-of-your depth, then the plan is surprisingly simple. 

 Step 1. Download your FREE copy of the Founder’s Evolution. 

Step 2. Find out what stage you are in, and what your essential strategy is 

Step 3. Stop feeling like you “should” be doing more and start doing what you know will create the success you want. 

 You can get your FREE copy of the Founder’s Evolution at https://www.scalearchitects.com/founders 

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