The Founder’s Journey: A Challenge Like No Other

June 24, 2022
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While every founder is unique, the challenges inherent to scaling a company are not. RHR’s Seven Navigation Challenges of the Founder’s JourneySM help entrepreneurs look around the corner and better navigate the path to scale while ensuring they retain their unique strengths as leaders.

Starting and growing a company is one of the most difficult personal challenges a leader can face. To take a company from idea to exit, the founder-CEO will need to transform their leadership at the same time their company is growing. The skills that help early-stage founders succeed are not the same skills that will help the company scale, and holding on to old behaviors can actually inhibit growth. Fortunately, these new leadership skills can be taught.

To better understand the challenges founders face on the journey to go public and beyond, we asked founders where they struggled the most as they entered growth phase. The feedback was compelling. And from it, we were able to develop the clearly defined Seven Navigation Challenges of the Founder’s Journey. 

It’s the roadmap we use to support founder development as they navigate growth phase and build the next generation of businesses destined to change the way we work and live. To learn more about the first challenge of the Founder’s Journey, read The Founder’s Journey Starts With Self-Evolution.

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Joanna Starek oversees RHR International’s products and services, marketing, and sales. Prior to her role as chief commercial officer, Joanna honed her skills as a top CEO, executive team, and board consultant to Fortune 100 companies and beyond.