EOS Implementer Vs Coach | Which is Right For Your Business?


Roger is a business consultant who has seen some success over the years. He started his career working in the IT department of several companies. 

He helped implement technology and software that would result in improvements in operations and internal processes. He eventually moved up the ranks and even worked for a few Fortune 500 companies. But one day, he decided he wanted to do his own thing.

Roger founded his own tech consulting firm. He’s a genius in his own right, but not when it comes to growing a business. He heard a lot about the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). He decided to give it a shot! 

Roger really liked EOS at first. It got his team focused on doing the right things, but as his business grew, he ran into some clear limitations. And while EOS is a great system (and it could be for you), it’s not the end-all-be-all solution to consistent growth and scaling. 


Who is EOS For?

EOS is designed for growth-oriented businesses that want to instill discipline and structure. It’s perfect for entrepreneurs like Roger who are ready to take their business to the next level and need a proven framework to get there.

Even once you identify that EOS might be a good fit for your company, common questions still remain. How do I do it? Should I get an EOS implementer? Should I get an EOS coach? We’ll discuss this down the line.


What Do You Learn with EOS?

EOS does have some valuable lessons. Here are just a few of them:


Clarity and Focus

Imagine trying to build a house without a blueprint. Sounds chaotic, right? That’s where EOS comes in, giving your business the blueprint it needs. It helps you sharpen your vision and ensure everyone in your organization is on the same page. This means defining core values, a core focus, a 10-year target, a marketing strategy, and a 3-year picture. It’s all about clarity.


Right People in the Right Seats

I talk about this a lot! Sometimes, improving performance is simply about shaking things up. Specifically, changing around who’s sitting in which seat. This could mean moving an individual from one department to another or getting rid of them altogether.



Every organization should have a handle on processes – That means documented and followed by everyone. EOS emphasizes documenting and streamlining core processes to ensure consistency and efficiency. This is key to creating a scalable business model.



Execution is where EOS really shines. You break your vision into quarterly “rocks” – think 13 week projects that drive your business forward. Crushing these rocks is another key to building and growing your business.  


Can you self-implement EOS?

Short answer: Yes, you can. 


On one hand, EOS is quite simple to implement.  The tools and disciplines are straightforward and easy to understand. Like most things, though, the process gets underestimated.  

It’s hard to be IN the process and RUNNING the process. If you’re the business leader, you need to be involved in the conversations and focused on the important outputs of the process, not focused on ensuring the meetings are running well.  

There’s a level of discipline and accountability that happens when an outside expert is involved in the implementation of something like EOS.  You’re investing GOOD MONEY on this implementation, so you better get the work done.  Also, when you know your implementer will be back in 3 months, you had better get that work done and not let him down. 

This is exactly why sports teams hire a coach. You can be the best player of all time, but you still need someone to guide, strategize, and hold you accountable. This isn’t the Bill Russell era, where you could be a player and a coach simultaneously. 

Nowadays, even the greatest athletes need a dedicated coach to bring out their best. The same goes for running a business with EOS—you need someone focused on implementation so you can focus on leading and growing your company.


What is an EOS Implementer?

An EOS Implementer is your go-to expert for getting EOS up and running in your business. They help you implement the system according to EOS’ best practices, ensuring you follow each step. 

EOS implementers are trained and certified by EOS Worldwide. Experienced EOS implementers are outstanding at ensuring EOS is implemented well in your organization. 

This is great – they make sure you get the system up and running right.  Having a teacher and facilitator is a multiplier for your success with EOS.  

That being said, according to the terms of EOS, they’re supposed to ONLY implement EOS.  They’re not a sports team coach, they’re simply there to teach the plays.  


EOS Coaching (EOS+)

This is where a business coach who knows EOS comes into play. 

While an implementer helps you lay the foundation, a coach takes you beyond. An EOS Coach acts as both a business and growth coach, incorporating EOS principles but also bringing in broader business strategies.


Accountability and Discipline

The main difference between an implementer and a coach is that a coach drives accountability and discipline. An implementer gets you started, but a coach keeps you going, pushing your team to adhere to commitments and strive for continuous improvement.


Level Up the Players (Team Development)

An EOS Coach focuses on developing your team. They help enhance skills and capabilities, ensuring everyone is not just doing their job but excelling at it.

With his coach’s help, Roger invested in his team’s growth, offering training and development that paid off in spades.


Aligning Goals with Strategies

An EOS Coach helps align your company’s goals with your strategies. They ensure that the vision set during the EOS implementation phase is continuously refined, making sure every team member is working towards those goals with a clear strategy in place.

Roger’s coach helped him fine-tune his strategies, aligning them perfectly with his long-term goals. This strategic alignment was crucial for driving sustainable growth.


So, is EOS Worth it?

Absolutely, EOS is worth it. It’s an essential part of the discipline of building your business. However, it’s not the be-all and end-all.

Think of EOS like a high school diploma—it’s a foundational achievement, crucial for building a solid base. But just like you need a college degree to advance further, you need more than just EOS for comprehensive business growth. Coaching acts as that college degree, providing the strategic execution, goal alignment, and deeper insights needed to propel your business to the next level.

In essence, EOS is a fantastic execution system that helps you get the basics right. But remember, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. To truly thrive, you need to integrate EOS with ongoing coaching and strategic planning. This combination ensures you not only lay a strong foundation but also build a thriving, scalable business.

If you’re looking for an EOS coach to help scale your business the right way, feel free to reach out!

Mike Knapp


Mike has been helping businesses achieve their goals for more than 20 years. He believes there is a better way for business owners and leaders to build their businesses and achieve their big goals. As a Gravitas Impact Premium coach, he leverages the 7 Attributes of Agile Growth™ to simplify the art of strategy and discipline of execution.

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