What is an Operating System?

Coming from a technology background myself, many times in conversations when I refer to EOS – i.e. the entrepreneurial operating system – I run into confusion with the term “operating system”.

No, this is not an operating system along the lines of software like Windows or Mac.

An operating system in a business sense is the way a company gets “stuff” done.  It is made up of things like the structure of your business and the principles, practices, and your “way” of doing business.

This means that every business has an operating system.  It may have a name, or it may simply be and accidental collection of stuff that you have fallen into over time to make the “your business” way of doing things.

Multiple Operating Systems?

If everybody in your organization is doing things their own way, how productive would that be?  For example, if you have three different project managers, each with their own project management philosophy, then any time an employee moves from one team to another, they have to start over learning a new way of doing things instead of jumping in and helping the customer.

Having multiple ways of doing things simply leads to more complexity which turns into more confusion and frustration for your team.  Simply put, for the sake of your company and your ability to scale, you must pick one way of doing things and ensure everybody is on the same page.

Doesn’t That Limit Creativity?

One common concern when talking about structure with entrepreneurial organizations is “is this going to stifle creativity in the business?” 

This is one of those questions where you really must take a leap and trust the process.  The reality here is that despite the initial reaction, having this kind of structure in place actually promotes creativity.

If you go back to the computer operating system, it is simply the foundation of what happens on the computer.  There are many other programs that build on top of the functionality of the operating system which actually provides more stability that just operating with an anything goes type mindset.

Why EOS?

Obviously based upon its name, EOS is an example of a business operating system and it may or may not be a fit in your organization.  However, if you have an entrepreneurial, growth minded team that is willing to be open and honest with each other, then EOS could be a good solution. More than 50,000 companies throughout the world have chose EOS simply because it works.  It is a complete system of processes and tools, designed with the entrepreneur in mind.

Looking for more?

We offer a complementary, live 90-minute workshop for entrepreneurial business leadership teams where we can review all that EOS offers.