People + EOS

One thing I admire about the book Traction: The author borrows business concepts from other books, while giving generous credit to each source. For example:

The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) adds value by molding these concepts into useful tools. This post discusses tools that leaders need when interacting with their team.

EOS Accountability Chart - Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

Roles on The Business Bus

We might think of business as a bus carrying passengers on a long journey. Perhaps a cross-country road trip. The entrepreneur, as organizer of the bus trip, needs people to fulfill the following roles:

You can probably think of additional roles. The above list is long enough for this article.

Right People, Right Seats

What are some things we might consider when selecting people for the various roles? In Traction, the author suggests that we measure each member according to three criteria. Do they get it, do they want it, and do they have the capacity to do it? Traction abbreviates this as GWC.

The book contains tools that leaders can use to measure GWC and to coach members of the team as needed.

One Name, Two Seats?

You can have one name in two seats, just not two names in one seat.
~Gino Wickman

The founder of a company starts off by playing every role, occupying every seat. To serve customers better and to grow the company, the entrepreneur must hire others.

In the bus trip metaphor, it’s okay to be driver + navigator on a short trip. But we can travel further (and have more fun) when different people fill these roles.

EOS Recap

Right People, Right Seats - Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

This article is part of a series on Traction and the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). EOS is a set of tools that enables a business leader to grow a company while maintaining sanity. As the other articles are completed, links will appear here:

Next in the Series: Data

Without the data, yo chatta don’t matta.
~Anonymous Data Scientist

Next EOS topic: Data. Running a business without data is like driving a bus without a dashboard. You can run it that way for a while. But without a data dashboard, we’ll break speed limits, over-rev the engine, and eventually run out of fuel. The right data gives us clarity so that we can make better decisions.