Entrepreneurial Operating System vs. Business Operating System

Operating Systems are a hot topic in business these days, which is great.  The more business owners understand that there are common ways to scale their business, the more businesses will grow/scale and achieve their goals. 

There are two primary types of Operating System approaches to choose from. Let’s dive in and take a look at each to explore the similarities and the differences.

Top-Down Approach (EOS)

EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) uses the Top-Down approach.  It starts with getting the business leadership on the same page – Core Values, Roles and Responsibilities, Goals, etc., then starts driving those down into the organization from the top. This approach works well for larger, well-established businesses that have outgrown their ability to scale by continuing to do things the same way they always have. 

Bottom-Up Approach (BOS)

BOS (Business Operating System) is a lesser-known approach that is taught primarily by certified business coaches and leverages a Bottom-Up approach.  One such system is the 6 Step BOS, that starts with foundational systems and business practices and builds upon the foundation in a very systematic way.  This approach is ideal for growing businesses that have yet to hit the ceiling that larger businesses often hit, and avoids the rework of foundational principles that the Top-Down approach often ends up requiring.

Which approach is better?

Both approaches work well, and there are thousands of businesses that have succeeded using both approaches. The real determining factor is the coach/implementor you choose to partner with.

The right coach/implementor has expertise in the business operating system necessary to grow your business and can help you apply it correctly based on the unique circumstances of your business.

Even more important is the person’s ability to connect and build trust with the business owner.

When you are ready to accelerate your results, or simply want to enjoy your current level of success more, focus less on the method (although choosing the right one is important) and more on choosing the right person to help you.

If you want to learn more about the 6 Step BOS, and how it would work at your company, let’s grab a cup of coffee and discuss whether or not this approach is the best fit to achieve your goals.

Author: Mark McNulty, Business Coach in Louisville, KY