Living The EOS Life

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Aug 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Living the EOS life is simple.  Anyone can master it.  It's five simple things - Doing What You Love, Working With People You Love, Making A Difference, Being Compensated Well, Having Time For Things that Matter Personally.  

Right now, I'm focused on Having Time For Things That Matter Personally - and that means travel.  I hope you'll take a few moments to watch this video about my vacation and the EOS life. 

If you're not getting what you want from your business it may be time to consider the Entrepreneurial Operating System and learn more out more about the EOS life.


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Topics: Business, Business How-To

Simplify Employee Reviews

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you've ever been involved in corporate reviews you are familiar with the mountains of paper that go into them.  In an EOS world, where simplicity is highly valued, we use the People Analyzer as a performance review tool.  Watch our latest video that explains how you can get rid of the reams of paper and frankly useless information that go into typical employee reviews.  Kick the employee review to the curb and replace it with a proven process that thousands of companies have used to better communicate with their teams and gain organizational traction.  

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Topics: Management, entrepreneurial operating system, HR, Business Process

Can You "Fix" an Employee?

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jul 28, 2016 7:30:00 AM

If you've been running a business or managing people for any length of time, chances are you've encountered well meaning employees who everyone likes and enjoys working with (including you)  BUT, they seem to have difficulty getting their job done well.  If this employee is a well liked team player, chances are they fit your culture and embrace your core values so they are the "right person".  The issue is output and that means that they are most likely not in the "right seat".  

So, can you fix an employee?  In some cases you can remedy the situation and in others you may have to make some difficult choices.  Check out the video below to learn more about the Entrepreneurial Operating System's GWC method for determining the course of action you should take.

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Topics: Management, entrepreneurial operating system, HR

Right People Right Seats Workbook Series Part Three: The EOS People Analyzer

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jul 21, 2016 7:21:14 AM

If you've been following our blog over the last few weeks you know that we've been talking about the importance of getting the right people in the right seats.  That phrase - getting the right people in the right seats - is commoplace in the business world - but what does it really mean?  How do you put those words into practice in your businesss?  

Our Right People Right Seats Workbook Series was designed to answer those questions by sharing validated tools and practices from the People component of the Entrepreneruial Operating System. In the video below you'll learn more about the EOS People Analyzer and how you can use it to leverage the information and insight you've gathered from Part One and Part Two of our series and implement a simple and validated process that will help you get the right people in the right seats and keep them there.  

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Topics: Leadership, entrepreneurial operating system, HR

What Kind Of Leader Are You?

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jul 14, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Understanding what type of leader you are is critical if your goal is to gain organizational traction and get your company to the next level.  If you understand your strengths and weaknesses you can hire around them in an effort to build a stronger business.  

In an EOS world we typically come across two types of leaders - the Visionary and the Integrator. Both Visionaries and Integrators possess important skill sets but those talents vary dramatically. Some CEOs are capable of playing both roles within a company while others find it valuable to add a Visionary or Integrator to their leadership team to balance the company's management structure.

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Topics: Leadership, Running Your Business, entrepreneurial operating system

Passion or Intellect - Which Do You Hire For?

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jul 8, 2016 6:17:24 AM

In the second edition of his bestselling book "The World Is Flat"  Thomas Friedman wrote that CQ +PQ > IQ - simply put, in his estimation, curiosity and passion trump intelligence.  Friedman wrote "The World Is Flat" back in 2004 before Facebook, Twitter, big data, cloud computing, and iPhones were in existence or had hit critical mass.  Today our world is hyper-connected and that means that the speed with which every industry and every job within an industry changes is accelerating - the old way of doing things is over.  

Our last few blogs and videos have focused on putting the right people in the right seats.  We've discussed how to use core values to recruit, hire and manage employees and have also demonstrated the importance of leveraging the Entrepreneurial Operating System's Accountability Chart.  In this video we'll discuss what to weigh and consider when hiring and, in this era of hyperchange and constant disruption, which is more important passion or intellect?  

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Topics: Business How-To, Running Your Business, HR

Right People Right Seats Workbook Series Part Two:Find The Right Structure for Your Business

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jun 30, 2016 7:51:16 AM

In Part One of our Right People Right Seats Workbook Series we explained how you can discover your company's real core values and use them to recruit, hire, manage and retain great employees.  In Part Two: Finding The Right Structure For Your Business we'll discuss how you can leverage Entrepreneurial Operating System tools to banish the org chart and replace it with an Accountability Chart, determine if you are a Visionary or Integrator, and figure out if your people Get It, Want It and have the Capacity To Do It.  

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Topics: Business, Management, entrepreneurial operating system

What Happens When you Have the Right Person in the Wrong Seat?

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jun 24, 2016 7:30:00 AM

We've been blogging for a few weeks about the importance of surrounding yourself with a great team and putting the right people in the right seats. This week we are tyring something new - video!  The brief video below speaks to the consequences of having the right person in the wrong seat as well as what to do when you're faced with the situation of having the wrong employee in the right seat.  These are challenging  HR issues for sure, but they are not insurmountable.  

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Topics: Management, Leadership, Human Resources, HR

3 Things You Need to Do to Deal with Difficult Employees

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jun 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM

If you are the leader of a small business or are responsible for managing a team, chances are you’ve dealt with at least one, if not a few, difficult employees. No matter how great your hiring process is or how many stellar recommendations you see there are always a few hires that don’t work out the way you thought they would.


Difficult employees come in all shapes and sizes - from the employees that don’t perform well or have a negative attitude, to the ones that can’t get along with anyone or just don’t ever do what is expected of them. Any or all of these hires pose daily challenges that stress you out, irritate your team and impede your company’s progress.



Every business owner or manager needs a solid strategy and process to deal with challenging employees. You simply can’t let one person drag the whole team, and your business, down. Here are a few suggestions on how to address this “touchy” HR issue:


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Topics: Management, Leadership, Human Resources

Right People Right Seats Workbook Series - Part One: Core Values

Posted by Jeff Whittle on Jun 13, 2016 8:06:00 AM

As a business consultant and EOS implementer I have had hundreds of conversations with business owners and CEOs of different types of companies ranging from generational legacies to start-ups. And without exception every single one of them states that their biggest challenge is finding and retaining the right staff.


Small businesses are different than large corporations. HR issues in big companies tend to revolve around politics in the workplace, policies and procedures, and the task of keeping management out of legal trouble.  In contrast many small businesses may not even have an HR department, let alone established systems and processes for recruiting, hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. Let’s face it, as the leader of your organization you wear many hats and one of them is most likely V.P. of Human Resources.

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Topics: Leadership, Human Resources, Core Values

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