What is EOS?
The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) is a set of concepts and practical tools that help Vision entrepreneurs get what they want from their business. This is the system I use with my clients.
In short, the EOS system guides the organization in its daily operation and long-term planning, including problem solving, managing, growing, and serving customers. It also creates efficiency and stability.
For most companies, consistency is a challenge. For example, while Marketing is working on type A projects, Finance can work on type B projects. EOS helps departments work as a team and allows everyone to row together. In addition, the system naturally creates collaboration between departments, resulting in strong growth and a healthier result.
In short, EOS has six main areas:
- VISION: To ensure that everyone in the company is 100% on the same page.
- PEOPLE: Discovering if the right people are in the right seat right now and moving forward.
- DATA: Directs the work based on the numbers you can capture and analyze.
- PROBLEMS: Discussing and resolving problems and concerns.
- PROCESS: Build systems for efficiency and consistency so people know what to do and are always on the same page.
- TRACTION : Being an expert in practice and lowering the vision.
What Does an EOS Integrator Do?
The operating system helps you get your business where you want it to go. You have the vision and mission. You have the ideas and the drive to move forward. However, you need someone to take care of the details, hold everyone accountable and help make your vision come true. That’s where EOS Integrators like me come into play.
My role is to integrate all the important functions of the organization such as Sales and Marketing, Operations and Finance, and ensure that everyone is rowing towards your goals. Also, I have the operating system, so I make sure it’s an OS, it’s implemented and it works like a fine-tuned machine.
The Entrepreneurial Operating System has become more and more popular in the market. And I like it because it’s a simple and straightforward framework for creating traction and growth. In the role of the integrator, it’s my job to drive the model.
An Integrator will typically work closely with a Visionary for an extended period of time, and their responsibilities lie in the role we generally think of as a COO. An Integrator can be a full time employee or (as I do) serve as a Fractional Integrator and work remotely, slightly less than full time, or both.
Where Does an EOS Practitioner Go?
A Practitioner has a different but related function. It helps Visionary move his business forward by implementing the operating system Visionary chooses, be it EOS or something else.
The practitioner can assist the Visionary in developing the operating system plan. However, it doesn’t execute this when applied. This is the role of the integrator.
The practitioner can be a current team member or an outside consultant. For example, a company can choose to use a certified EOS Applicator. Occasionally, EOS Integrator can act as the Practitioner, but the two roles are strictly separated in terms of functionality as mentioned above.
Finally, let’s look at one more difference between the Practitioner and Integrator roles. The practitioner works with the Visionary for a certain period of time. The integrator works more regularly for longer with Vizyoner. You can find a video explaining the differences between an Integrator and an Applicator here.
For example, the Practitioner role may be required for several months during implementation and then for several weeks each year. The integrator role continues and works regularly, consistently with the Visionary role.
Difference Between Implementer and Integrator Roles
As a result, the difference between an EOS Practitioner and an EOS Integrator can be found in the names of their roles. While implementing the operating system, the Integrator owns the operating system and integrates the company into it.