The Entrepreneurial Operating System® has helped thousands of business owners just like you achieve the results they’ve always dreamed of. But it doesn’t mean that growth came to fruition easily – or overnight. In reality, the EOS methodology takes time, hard work, and commitment for it to fully translate into the improved work culture and streamlined sales your management team is after. And while books like “Traction,” “How to be a Great Boss,” and “Rocket Fuel” are highly recommended additions to your EOS bookshelf, there simply isn’t a substitute for working directly with an EOS Implementer.

After all, when it comes to kicking your business into high gear, don’t you want an expert to help you tune up the engine? The Entrepreneurial Operating System® gives leaders the right tools to transform their businesses, and pairing that knowledge with an experienced professional, like Team Traction’s Jeff Bain, is a natural next step for anyone who wants to take their management initiatives seriously.

If you’re ready to take the next step and implement EOS as effectively as possible, we highly recommend working with an EOS Implementer. Below are some tips to help you select the right partner for your specific needs:

1. Understand Your Options

In most cases, there are a number of EOS Implementers available in and around your city. Each of these individuals has their own unique approach to evaluating your business and turning it into the success story it deserves to be. As an owner seeking out a partner, make sure you understand your options. Not every Implementer may be the right fit for you. Maybe there’s one that has specific experience working in your industry, or perhaps a trusted contact recommended somebody in particular.

Whatever the case, it’s natural to get excited about getting started – but it’s even more thrilling to know you’ve picked the right teammate right out of the gate. Choosing the right Implementer can be as critical to your success as the hours you put in to make everything happen. During the vetting process, do your best to take a look at all of the options available to you, and narrow them down one by one until you find the perfect fit.

2. Don’t Be Fooled By Imposters

As a business owner, you want the very best for your organization. That’s why it’s so important to do your homework on who you’re going to be opening the doors of your business to. Professional Implementers are the real deal and require the passage of a certification process before they are recognized by EOS. Don’t be fooled by imposters claiming to be Implementers without any documentation.

There is actually an EOS Implementer registry so that companies can avoid making this exact mistake. Remember, becoming an Implementer is a lot harder than reading a book and taking a test. There’s very in-depth training associated with that title. Everyone on that list we shared is there because they’ve completed this training, maintain an active client base, and average an 8.5/10 or higher on their overall client satisfaction ratings. These are the true experts, and exactly the type of people you want to associate yourself with.

3. Schedule a One-On-One Meeting

After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential Implementers, it’s time to take the next step and get to know each one better. Think about it: you interview your employees before hiring them, right? Why wouldn’t you do the same with someone who’s going to help you steer your business? A lot of your future success is riding on the team you assemble around you, and choosing an Implementer is no different.

Scheduling a one-on-one meeting is the easiest way to get to know your options a little bit better. Ask them in-depth questions about their experiences and if they’ve been through struggles similar to what your business may be witnessing today. It’s not like you need to commit to anything right away. Getting a feel for the person you may be working with over the next few months is exactly the type of due diligence that a successful business owner should be doing before making their decision.

4. Define Expectations

Like we mentioned in a previous article – 7 Ways to Solve your Management Issues, defining expectations is crucial for alleviating managerial issues. While working with an EOS Implementer is slightly different than managing the rest of your team, they’ll certainly appreciate the extra effort you put into preparing them for the task at hand. These are trained professionals, after all, and will be able to tell you pretty quickly whether or not the project is within their wheelhouse, and if another candidate may be a better fit.

Let your potential choices know exactly what they’re going to be up against, and what a successful outcome looks like for you. That way, you’ll be confident that the person you do end up hiring as your EOS Implementer is the right person for the job. Implementers want to see your business succeed just as much as you do, and will be honest with you about whether or not your expectations line up with what’s possible.

5. Get the Ball Rolling

There’s only so much research you can do before having exactly what you need to get the ball rolling. While vetting your Implementer candidates is crucial for the success of your EOS journey, it’s just as important to actually take your first steps towards those goals you’ve established for yourself and your team. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but rather over a long period of time. The same applies to the next chapter of your business. You have to lay the first brick.

Once you’ve narrowed down your potential EOS Implementers and spoken to them in person, it’s time to make your decision and move forward. Ultimately, your success is up to you. Will you keep trudging down the same road, getting the same results? Or will you take the leap now and get your business to where it needs to go? At this point in your EOS search, you should have a good feeling about the implementer you want to work with. It’s a safe enough position to go ahead and get started with the confidence of knowing that you’ve made the right decision.

Getting the growth you’ve been striving for is not only possible, it’s within reach. Adopting Team Traction’s Entrepreneurial Operating System has the potential to turn your business into the profitable, driven organization you want it to be. We take pride in guiding our business owner clients in overcoming these challenges and more. It all starts with a conversation.  Call us at (850) 473-1100 or click here for our contact page.