Like Riding a Bike
During an introductory meeting, it is not uncommon for a Leadership Team to ask me how quickly they will be able to completely manage their company on EOS® from top to bottom. My answer is always the same: “It depends.”
It depends on how committed they are to learning the EOS Foundational Tools™, and becoming masterful at using them at the Leadership Team Level. It depends on how willing they are to be open and honest with each other. It depends on how open they are to new perspectives. It depends on how vulnerable they are able to be. It depends on how patient they are as they learn to speak a new language, learn to manage their entire company on one system, and learn to make the tough decisions that invariably come up as we implement EOS®.
I’m sure you have heard the saying “it’s like riding a bike” — meaning once you learn how to do something, you never forget it. What is not understood in that saying is how you learn things. You didn’t ride a bike well the first time you got on it. Even though you had training wheels to help, you still fell off and scraped a knee. You probably rode into a bush or barely missed running over Dad’s feet as he ran alongside you. Here’s the important point — you got up and gave it another try. Over and over and over again and finally, Voila! You were riding like a pro and the training wheels came off. So, actually, you learned to ride a bike by learning what not to do.
The same principles apply to implementing EOS®. Leadership teams will fall down, scrape a knee here and there, and may even run into a bush. If they keep getting back up, they will learn to manage the company on EOS® by learning what not to do.
So it takes an undetermined amount of time, endless determination and grit to implement EOS®. But you don’t have to do it alone. An EOS®Implementer supports you as you learn, just as your Dad, an older sibling, or another adult was there as you were learning how to ride a bike. EOS® Implementers prop you up, give you the tips on how not to fall, and encourage you to get back up when you do fall (and you will, probably many times). Many of us have implemented EOS® in our own companies before becoming an EOS® Implementer, so we know first hand the struggles you are going through. We can tell you from personal experience that learning EOS® is worth all the scraped knees and bruised egos you may endure while going through the process. We know the outcome is worth the effort.
You can learn more about EOS®by reading chapter one of Gino Wickman’s book, Traction. The chapter explains the Six Key Components™ to implementing EOS®, and gives an excellent overview of the program and what you can expect to learn from the book. I’m confident that after reading the first chapter, you will be intrigued and want to learn more. I am more than happy to talk with you about EOS®, how it helped my own company and the impact it could have on yours. Simply fill out the consult form below, and we will schedule a 15-minute phone consultation to get your questions answered.
I hope you’ll choose to hop on that bike and learn EOS®. It’s a proven process that will bring results. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel.