If You Are Planning On Rolling Out EOS, You Need An EOS-Savvy Integrator
Written by: Greg Weiss
If you are an entrepreneur and have already identified yourself as a Visionary, it’s likely that you’re now looking for an Integrator who can help you roll out the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) within your organization.
In our experience of working with companies who follow the EOS model, implementation often plateaus or drops off completely as soon as the consultant leaves the company to roll it out themselves. For that reason, if you want EOS to be successfully integrated into your organization, we recommend that when looking for your Integrator, experience with the EOS system – to a level at which they both understand the system and can implement it – should be on your shopping list.
What is EOS?
EOS is a system of tools and concepts designed to help companies in three key areas:
- Vision – bringing everyone within your company into alignment with the overall
- Traction – instilling discipline, accountability and focus throughout the organization so that everyone is consistently moving toward bringing about the vision in everything they do.
- Health – supporting the leadership team to become a cohesive team engaged in healthy working relationships with one another.
Yes in theory, no in practice.
Think back to when you learned to drive a car. You likely had around 20 lessons with an instructor who showed you how to control and maneuver the car, then you took a test to prove that you could do so competently. But I bet the first time you drove alone having passed your test was as nerve wracking as the very first lesson.
Let loose on your own, there was no instructor to remind you of what to do when the unexpected happened. The following few months were when you really became a driver, when the muscle memory required to drive the car confidently started to embed, enabling you to drive smoothly without having to remind yourself of the process in the moment.
Implementing EOS across an organisation is a similar process. Your department heads, employees, and even you will have been used to doing things one way; now you all have to get used to another.
At first that will take some concentration and effort as you break old habits and start to form new ones.
Some of the tools and processes may feel forced or unnatural. Some of the meetings between key leaders may not flow as well as you would hope.
Let’s look at what happens when you introduce an Integrator into this uncertain landscape under two scenarios:
- The Integrator is not familiar with EOS – For the first 90 days with your company, your new Integrator should be observing your organization’s current working If your leadership team is busy trying to get to grips with EOS, their working practices may be chaotic and uncertain as they try to master a new way of doing things. Some departments will be more successful than others at embracing EOS, leading to patchy output. This chaos will give your new Integrator a false picture of how the company normally functions, leaving them unclear as to precisely what is going on – and worse, they will have their own imperfect understanding of what is supposed to be going on, leading to more confusion when they finally take the reins. In short, the new Integrator will have been put at a distinct disadvantage having been tasked with a mission – to roll out EOS and integrate your company’s working practices – that they are not equipped to tackle.
- The Integrator is familiar with EOS – As above, the new Integrator will observe your organization’s current working practices for the first 90 But in this scenario, they will have a benchmark of how the EOS should be functioning already clear in their mind. Consequently, they will be fully equipped to help your leadership team better implement EOS within their own practices and departments when the time comes for the Integrator to take control. Better than that – ensuring that the lessons you learned with your EOS consultant become embedded practice within your organization will become part of the Integrator’s job description, making successful implementation all the more likely. It’s almost like having an instructor in the car with you even as you learn to drive confidently yourself.
Not only is Solidify founder Greg Weiss is familiar with the concepts and tools that EOS employees, and understands the value that they bring to your company, but we have helped*** (dozens? hundreds? thousands?) of Visionaries like yourself find your perfect Integrator match, the yin to your yang.
If you are looking to implement EOS in your business and want an Integrator who can help you do that successfully, call us today to get your search underway.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg authored 3 practical Career Books, and 1 Book helping Visionary leaders scale their businesses. He is one of Australia’s most experienced HR consultants and leading career coaches. He is the founder and owner of Soulidify and Career365. As an entrepreneur/business owner, Greg has experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of starting and growing one’s own business.