“Can I Self Implement EOS?”
I hear this question quite a bit. Can I self implement EOS ®? The short answer is yes, you can. Doing so will take immense personal and professional discipline, hard work, and objectivity. But yes, it is possible.
I fully support the idea of a business leader deciding they are going to self implement EOS. In fact, a solid portion of our blog and video content is dedicated to helping you do exactly that. Why? Because even though I don’t personally think that self implementation is the always the best course of action, I decided a long time ago to be the best resource I could for anyone running a business. That includes self implementers.
In This Article I Want Us To Accomplish 2 Things.
First, let’s figure out the answer to “Can I self implement EOS” as it pertains to you specifically. Sure, it’s possible. But, is it right for you?
Second, if you think your company is ready to self implement, I want to lay out the best possible tools and plan for doing that.
Asking Yourself, “Can I Self Implement EOS?”
I have three simple questions for people who want to try self implementing. They may seem cheesy, but they get the point across. These questions allow you to determine your Capacity, Priority, and Objectivity, three things you need in spades to self implement EOS.
Ask yourself these questions. If you still think self implementing is the right choice for you, we have plenty of strategies. If you’re just not sure, or if the task seems daunting, take a few minutes to schedule a free, no obligations consultation call to get some more clarity.
Can I Grow All My Own Food?
Let’s start with the simplest question first. Why is it simple? It answers the capacity function. Here’s how.
Let’s say I want to grow my own food and live off of it. Let’s also assume I’m not some city boy who doesn’t know the first thing about farming. I’ve got all the skill sets needed to pull this off. In an EOS world these are skill sets like time management, self discipline, perspective, a passion for teaching, patience, and the grit to get through a tough process.
If you have all of that, you still need to ask if you have the time. If you’re excellent at farming and are just trying to feed yourself, it may be possible. Growing it all would be a ton of work, though, and you really wouldn’t have time for much else. The same goes for self implementing. If you’re a solo business, you don’t need as much time to implement EOS, but all of that time is coming out of your already busy schedule.
But what if you have a few people already working for you? Sure, you can share the burden, but the implementation will also take more time.
[bctt tweet=”At the end of the day, you have ask yourself if you and your team have the time and energy to pull off self implementation” username=”@partnerswhittle”] At the end of the day, you have ask yourself if you and your team have the time and energy to pull off self implementation. If not, EOS will just be another flavor of the week as your attention gets drawn towards day-to-day operations.
Now, I’m not saying that EOS is ever easy. Even having a professional or certified implementer coach your leadership team takes time and energy. But, teaching yourself the system, planning out the implementation, and then doing all of the legwork takes exponentially more of both.
Can I Put Out My Own House Fire?
Next is another rather silly sounding question. This one answers the question of priority in your business and is closely related to the last question.
Let’s say you have a one room 10 x 10 foot shack and there is a bit of smoke coming from the carpet. You can definitely put your fire out. But, what if you have a mansion and half the rooms are already ablaze? As soon as you put out one fire, another pops up. You spend all day battling the fire, but at the end of the day you haven’t saved anything. You’ve lost it all.
This question is meant to (pardon the pun) smoke out your ability to prioritize. Do you and your leadership team have the skill set necessary to prioritize the parts of your business you need to focus on? Do you have the conflict management skills and processes in place to help keep the fire from spreading?
At the end of the day your ability to self implement is directly related to how bad the fire is. If you’ve caught it early, you can probably put it out yourself, especially in a small, agile operation. However, the CEO (or any C-level execs) rarely know there is a fire until the smoke hits the top floor. By that time, it’s already too late. You can fight all you want, that fire is just going to keep spreading.
Can I Be My Own Family Therapist?
I know I couldn’t. Objectivity is a hard thing to maintain, doubly so when you’re the topic of conversation.
To be an effective EOS implementer you need to both be and appear totally objective. That applies to both internal and external implementers. Tough conversations are going to happen during an EOS implementation, and your team is never going to find the true answers to your problems unless they are guided by someone they can all trust has the best interest of the organization in mind at all times.
Being objective sounds easy on paper. Of course you want what’s best for your team. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. But what happens when all eyes are on you? What happens when your positions in the Accountability Chart™ comes up? Can you trust yourself to be totally honest and objective in analyzing it? Can your team do the same?
I’m not saying it’s impossible. What I am saying is that I have seen far too many organizations beat their heads against the wall trying to “play at EOS”, because their boss was acting as the implementer and no one felt they could be totally open and honest.
If you answered a resounding yes to each of these, then maybe self implementation is right for you. If not, don’t despair. You still have plenty of options.
If You Aren’t 100% Sure About Self Implementing
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So What If I Answered Yes?
First, congratulations. If you answered yes to all of those questions, it means you’ve started working on the solutions before the problems are insurmountable. That’s something to be proud of. Below is a short list of articles, videos, and general advice we give self implementers to help them get the most out of EOS. You can also subscribe to get them straight to you email!
Live By This Advice
- Sign up for a workshop or webinar. They’re free and will guide you through the tools AND help you meet other self implementers.
- Enter the danger. If a subject is uncomfortable, pull that string.
- Be brief. Be respectful. Be honest.
- Accountability comes from trust and ownership in a decision.
- Build trust in your leadership team.
- Review your EOS Scorecard™. A good scorecard can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 years to perfect.
- Never let uncompleted to-do’s or EOS Rocks™ become a norm.
- An empty issues list is a lie. The only reason it should be empty is if your business is shuttered.
- Fight for EOS. There will be resistance to change. Don’t let fear of a little pain now cause massive amounts in the future.
- Read everything you can about EOS. Start with Get a Grip.
- Never let “good enough” become an acceptable phrase.
- Goals: Set, achieve, analyze.
Follow A Strategic, Proven Plan For EOS
This is the model for implementing EOS that professionals use. Follow this path for the best chance at success.
Meet the Founder
Jeff Whittle founded and launched Whittle & Partners in 2011. Before that, Jeff practiced law in Dallas for 15 years and has an additional 20 years of executive business experience. He has run businesses ranging from startups to 300-employee operations.