Scott Ritzheimer

Guest: Scott Ritzheimer

Match Your Strategy to The Stage of Your Business

Episode #963 February 8, 2024

the episode

Let’s face it, one of the challenges faced by most business owners is the absence of a clear rulebook for navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship. To shed light on the essential strategies for success, I invited Scott Ritzheimer, founder of Scale Architects, to share  his tips for entrepreneurs, particularly the struggle to prioritize and manage tasks amidst a multitude of expert advice. Scott emphasizes the importance of understanding that there are seven specific stages of business growth and you need to tailor your  strategies accordingly.

Scott gave some great specific examples .

  1. Stage 2 – Startup Entrepreneur: At this stage, the focus is on finding a profitable and sustainable market. The key is to resist the temptation to constantly come up with new ideas and, instead, concentrate on identifying and tapping into a market that aligns with the business’s goals. Leadership skills are less critical, and time management and focusing on necessary tasks become paramount.
  2. Stage 3 – Reluctant Manager: This stage is characterized by the realization that employees don’t think, act, or own the business in the same way as the founder. It’s crucial to identify and hire the right people for this stage, referred to as “operators.” These individuals are skilled at getting things done efficiently and effectively, which is essential for managing a growing team. The challenge lies in distinguishing between “operators” and “processors” who may be overly detail-oriented, potentially slowing down processes.

Scott recommends taking the Leadership Styles Quiz   to identify the leadership style that aligns with one’s business stage and needs.


our guest Scott Ritzheimer

Scott has 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. He founded Scale Architects to help 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