Common obstacles when implementing EOS

The big appeal of EOS is that it offers your organisation a model to manage the people, processes, resources and issues in your business that’s straightforward and tested.

Thousands of businesses around the world are making the switch to EOS, adding discipline in order to be more efficient. While it has has proven effective, there are a number of stumbling blocks when implementing EOS that could hold you back from maximising your results.

  1. Lack of commitment

I thought I could take a good team with a positive attitude, and once we got in the room, we could be successful.

But much to my surprise. I was wrong. It takes commitment, from the founder and the leadership team to make it work.

If the founder and leadership team are not committed, they won’t follow through, they won’t get the results and their business performance won’t change.

  1. Lack of communication

When you’re rolling out EOS into your business, it is important to communicate why it is important to have regular meetings, and have the big picture and a plan for how the company is going to get there.

Some leadership teams think they can tell people once, and everybody has got it. However, we remember only 20% of what we’re told.

People need to hear things more than once, therefore leadership teams have to repeat themselves embedding and reinforcing the big picture, the priorities and the numbers to be achieved.

The book What the Heck is EOS is aimed specifically at employees, so if they read it, they will understand the model and process, and how it relates to your business.

  1. Lack of full implementation

EOS is a holistic programme, and for a company to get the best results, the tools need to be implemented purely.

It can transform how a business performs, from the leadership down to the cleaner.

However, if your business is made up of different departments doing business different ways, which are not aligned, then it is a recipe for confusion and inefficiencies.

  1. Lack of engagement

Once you’re committed, communicated and rolled it out, if you still have a staff member who is not on board, you need to look at the cause.

This could be several things:

  • that employee may not fit or match the core values
  • the EOS tools bring transparency, and you can what is not working and who is not working. Previously, they may have been able to hide in your organisation and they may be afraid of what the transparency may reveal
  • a final possibility is that they liked the discord, politics and drama which has been eliminated by EOS


EOS is a simple system, but is not always easy to implement. It takes commitment, determination and hard work. However, if you are willing to go through a little short term pain the long-term gain of having an aligned, functional and cohesive team is worth it.

When done purely and properly, implementing EOS changes performance in businesses.

For professional, effective support implementing EOS in your current business, contact us today on +44 (0)7795 667480 or at

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