As an Professional EOS® Integrator, I’m often asked the difference between my role and that of an EOS® Implementer. These similar titles describe completely different roles and two ways to help a Visionary take her company to the next level.
What is EOS®?
The Entrepreneur Operating System (EOS®) is a set of concepts and practical tools to help Visionary entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. It’s the system I use with my clients.
In short, the EOS® system guides the organization in everyday functioning and long-term planning, including problem-solving, managing, growing, and serving its clients. Also, it creates efficiency and stability.
For most companies, consistency is a challenge. For example, Marketing may work on type A projects while Finance works on type B projects. EOS® helps departments work as a team and ensures all are rowing together. Also, the system naturally creates cooperation among departments, resulting in strong growth and a healthier bottom line.Over 80,000 companies use EOS® tools. For a short introduction video, click here.
Source: Entrepreneurial Operating System®
Briefly, EOS® has six key areas:
What does a Professional EOS® Integrator do?
The operating system helps you, the Visionary, take your business where you want it to go. You have the vision and the mission. You have the ideas and the drive to move forward. However, you need someone to take care of the details, keep everyone accountable, and help your vision become reality. That’s where EOS® Integrators, like me, come in.
My role is to integrate all major functions of the organization, such as Sales & Marketing, Operations, and Finance, and ensure everyone is rowing together on your goals. Also, I own the operating system, meaning I make sure there is an operating system and it’s being implemented and is working like a finely tuned machine.
The Entrepreneurial Operating System® has become more and more popular in the marketplace. And I love it because it's a simple and straightforward framework for creating traction and growth. In the role of Integrator, it's my job to drive the model.An Integrator will typically work closely with a Visionary for an extended time, and her responsibilities lie in the role we commonly think of as COO. An Integrator may be a full-time employee, or she may serve as a Fractional Integrator (as I do) and work remotely, a bit less than full time, or both.
Where does an EOS® Implementer come in?
An Implementer has a different, yet related, function. He or she helps the Visionary move her business forward by implementing the operating system the Visionary chooses whether it’s EOS® or something else.
The Implementer may assist the Visionary in developing the operating system plan. However, he or she does not execute it once it’s implemented. That’s the role of the Integrator.
The Implementer may be a current team member or an outside consultant. For example, a company may choose to engage a certified EOS® Implementer. At times, the EOS® Integrator may serve as the Implementer, but the two roles are strictly separated by function as noted above.
Finally, let’s look at one more difference between the Implementer and Integrator roles. The Implementer works with the Visionary for a set time. The Integrator works with the Visionary more regularly for a longer time. Here’s a video explaining the differences between an Integrator and an Implementer.
For example, the Implementer role may be needed for several months during implementation and then for a few weeks every year. The Integrator role is ongoing and works with the Visionary role on a regular, consistent basis.
Difference between the Implementer and Integrator roles
In conclusion, the difference between an EOS® Implementer and a Professional EOS® Integrator can be found in the names of their roles. The Implementer implements the operating system, while the Integrator owns the operating system and integrates the company into it.Is it time for an EOS® Implementer, an EOS® Integrator, or both?
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This second-in-command role is often called a COO.