Your Ideal Life

by edcallahan on June 14, 2016 · 0 comments

Have you defined your ideal life? Allow me to offer one to you. It’s the one I have been striving to live for the past almost eight years. I am almost there. I’d love your thoughts about it. It has 5 aspirations.

1. Doing what I love to do

I am passionate about teaching. It’s what I trained to do in college. Like sometimes happens, I got diverted from that goal and only have in these past almost 8 years returned to it in my role as an EOS Implementer. I am a teacher, facilitator and coach. It is what I am genetically encoded to do. It is all I am ever going to do until I stop doing anything.

2. Doing it with people I respect

Life is too short to spend it with people whom you don’t respect and enjoy being around. My EOS clients are respectful, appreciative, a bit frustrated, willing to be vulnerable and always interested in learning and getting better. We like working with each other.

3. Making a substantial difference in their lives

During the course of our work together, not only do we become friends, but I have the opportunity to help them make a huge difference in their own lives by implementing EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System. The journey we take together allows them and their company to grow and thrive and it also allows them, if they want it, to find balance in their lives and a life outside of their business.

4. Being compensated well for the value I bring

The ultimate proof of this claim of large value is that we don’t ask our EOS clients to sign a contract – ever. There are no upfront retainers. And they only pay us for each session if they believe they got value. The actual compensation is what you want it to be. The definition of well is individual. I am more than satisfied.

5. Having enough time to pursue other passions

What I am talking about here is one or two weeks a quarter to enrich your life. Maybe even a month. Travel, hobbies, family, faith based activities, charitable endeavors. You choose.

How do you you do this?

First of all, let me assure you that it a journey. Three steps forward, two steps back. Progress. There are many ways to do this. Find the one that works best for you. Decide upon your ideal life.

I pursue this definition of an ideal life as a professional EOS Implementer. I refer to it as my EOS Life.

If this particular definition of an ideal life intrigues you, you can learn more about it by attending one of my almost weekly, free, 90 minute webinars. You can sign up for one here.

Please share your definition of an ideal life in a comment below.


Do Owners Have Rules?

by edcallahan on May 10, 2016 · 0 comments

In almost all small businesses, owners have dual roles in their companies. Sometimes many more. This can be problematic. It’s like the kid who owned the basketball in a pickup game when you were kids who, if they didn’t get their way, could always resort to “it’s my ball and if we don’t do it my way I am going home”. This can be true when the owner is also the President of the company or as is often true when there are multiple owners who own several functional seats, like sales or finance. It is very difficult for non-owner leaders to stand toe to toe with an leader who can play the “owner card”.

To get a sense of what rules do apply to owners, watch this short video by Mark C. Winters. There are only two EOS terms you need to understand to appreciate the importance of this video,- Visionary and Integrator. The Visionary is equivalent to the CEO and the Integrator can be thought of as the President or Chief Operating Officer.

All owners and leaders will benefit from reading Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters. You can buy it here on Amazon.


What to do when you “hit the ceiling”?

by edcallahan on May 3, 2016 · 0 comments


This blog was written by Mike Kotsis. I have changed some of the links to point to different URLs.

When you’re stuck, it can leave you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. It happens when you, your department, or your company isn’t growing anymore. It also happens when you’re growing too fast and everyone is struggling to keep up.

This is a normal part of organizational growth—think of it as growing pains. In EOS, we call this Hitting the Ceiling.

Acknowledging when you’ve hit the ceiling is vital, because once you and your team have acknowledged it, it just becomes an issue that needs to be solved.

Many leadership teams ignore their issues or attack the surface problems when they’ve hit the ceiling. But great teams get to the root cause of why they’ve gotten stuck. These teams embrace the following five leadership abilities.

5 Critical Leadership Abilities to Break Through the Ceiling


When it comes to running the business, have you intentionally simplified your communications, processes, structure, and vision? In EOS, mastering five simple tools will help you and your team to be expert simplifiers:


Do you wish there were more hours in the day to get it all done? Here’s a simple and powerful way to help you to free up time and delegate. Delegating not only gives you more freedom, but it also empowers you and your company to boost your effectiveness and reach new levels of performance and success.


Are you frustrated because you seem to be putting out fires all the time? Feel like you’re always in reaction mode? Use two simple tools to radically shift your team’s focus and energy from reactive to proactive:

  • Rocks—agreeing on (and tracking) the 3 to 7 most important things to focus on in the next 90 days
  • Level-10 Meetings—meeting weekly with your leadership team to get a pulse on the business, solve key issues, and hold each other accountable


Are you frustrated with having to fix mistakes that should have never happened? Do you want your business to be easier to manage, more efficient, and profitable? The secret to success is consistency! Document, simplify, and get everyone in your company to follow your “way” of doing business.


Do you have the right people in the right seats to take your business to the next level? Take a big step back to see the big picture and decide the simplest, most effective way to structure your team to get to the next level.

When you’ve hit the ceiling, first acknowledge it, then dig to find the root cause of why you’re stuck, and finally use the tools above to break through the ceiling. When you do, your feelings of frustration and overwhelm will be greatly diminished.

Next Steps

Photo Credit: Monik Markus