The EOS system employs the use of weekly meetings, which they call “The EOS Level 10 Meeting” (a.k.a. “L10”). These weekly check-in meetings are the most valuable thing business owners can do to push their business forward.
The magic behind a weekly, accountability meeting is:
- It forces leadership to define strategy on a weekly basis and hold their organization accountable to that strategy.
- People are humans, and most of the important stuff gets done in the hour before this accountability meeting happens. Here’s what “productivity” typically looks like:
Here’s the default EOS Level 10 Meeting template:
One Problem: The Default EOS Level 10 Template above is best for established companies with a track record of consistent success. Most of us aren’t there yet, so here’s the L10 template I use for most small businesses.
I’ve learned from both subjecting The Mighty Mo! to the EOS program and helping startups like AntiqueJewelry.com and Lume Deodorant implement EOS, that the default EOS Level 10 Template is not a great fit for micro-businesses, startups, solopreneurs, contractors, and freelancers.
Instead, in the past, I’ve used this Freelancer Level 10 Meeting Template I created that solves the big problems with the L10 meetings for very nimble businesses:
Until a business has stable, recurring revenue, it can’t plan out more than a week or so. Startups I’ve worked with have benefitted greatly from EOS meeting templates, but we’ve had to continually tweak them to serve the business in the moment.
You’ll notice that we’ve done away with the Rocks, Customer Headlines, & Scorecard Review completely and replaced them with “Wins” and “Important Everytime Questions”. Rocks and Scorecards are for established businesses with consistent stuff happening (the opposite of a startup).
We use the “Important Everytime Questions” to frame up the Issues list (i.e. If it doesn’t address one of those important questions, then it’s probably not an issue worth considering right now…)
There’s no 1 size fits all approach to EOS L10 meeting templates. Every business is a collection of humans struggling in different ways. So, you’ll need to start with a template (pick whichever one above makes sense to you) and then adjust to your needs.
I’ve gone through multiple iterations of these templates within my own and clients’ organizations, depending on what the business needs right now.
There are lots of business frameworks out there, and, frankly, some resemble pyramid schemes. You’ll have to sift through the cruft to find your best fit system (I use a highly-modified version of EOS). Here are some things to try:
- Consider hiring an EOS Implementer. I’ve twice engaged EOS implementers for my business, and it’s led to some fantastic learnings that have made those investments well worth it. Also, each implementer brought different experiences and tools.
- Read Traction for a deep dive into EOS techniques.
- Read books about business that inspire you.
Or if you’d like to chat about how I can help you achieve more, call, email, or stop by and say, “Hello!”.