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  • Writer's pictureKyle Mealy

EOS® or Pinnacle? Which Business Operating System is Best?

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

You know you need help to take your business to the next level, you've heard great things about these systems. But now what?

You’ve read plenty of business leadership books before. Phenomenal books like Traction by Gino Wickman and Pinnacle by Greg Cleary and Steve Preda. They seem similar, but don’t quite understand what’s different. You know that they offer a business operating system, and maybe you're ready to deploy this knowledge into your business.

But which business operating system should you choose? Which one is better?

When it comes to business management, there are various systems and coaches available to help entrepreneurs achieve success. Two popular options in this space are the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), based on the incredible Book Traction by Gino Wickman, and the Pinnacle Business Guides, founded by Greg Cleary et al.

In this article, we will explore the differences between these two top tier approaches to business management and help you make a decision that's best for you and your business.

What you'll learn: The answer isn't Pinnacle or EOS it's to identify a coach who can bring the right elements from a variety of business operating systems that best fits your unique business needs.


What Makes EOS® (Entrepreneurial Operating System) Great:

EOS focuses on 6 major components that directly impact the way you build and systemize your business: Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process, and Traction. They provides a comprehensive system for managing all aspects of the business, including a framework for setting goals, developing processes, and achieving success. While implementing EOS® can be a significant undertaking, it provides a clear roadmap for organizations to follow as they strive for growth and success. The EOS system has plenty of resources, community, and supplemental learning to make the system more robust.

Businesses that fit these criteria should consider using some of the EOS Principles:

  • New to business operating systems

  • Escaping start-up pains

  • $500k to $3m in top line revenue

Where is it weak?

Over the past number of years, EOS has made implementation about the system not the coach. That leaves lots of room for missed opportunities or misapplications of the principles. The system is "closed", so if a tool or implementation isn't part of the system as it exists tight now, it won't show up in your implementation.

What Makes Pinnacle Business Guides Great:

The Pinnacle Business Guides system has 5 key elements. It has an equally strong framework when compared side by side with EOS®. It would be fair to say that Pinnacle was built on the shoulders of EOS and took the system to the next level. The Pinnacle operating system believes the Guide, their word for business coach, is more important than the system itself. Their model is based on equipping a strong coach, with a flexible framework, and an ever improving set of tools. These tools and flexible framework allow a Guide to scale their facilitation on pace with the growth of the business they coach.

Businesses that fit these criteria should consider using some of the Pinnacle Principles:

  • New to business operating systems

  • 2m to 200m and beyond in top line revenue

  • Ready for intentional growth

  • Have an established leadership team

Where is it weak?

It isn't the best for 100% brand new to business operating systems because of it's advanced nature. While the system is incredibly strong, it's still only one system. And therefore can't be the right fit for every business.


What Are the Core Differences?

Whereas EOS® is rigid. That rigidity also allows for the supporting assets to be rich! There's dozens of supporting books and communities that support EOS implementation. All of which create a community of business leaders who have a shared language that also increases its appeal.

Pinnacle is flexible. Pinnacle Business Guides (business coaches equivalent to EOS® Implementers) rely on the wealth of knowledge of their community to improve their offering. Pinnacle has built an open-source business operating system. EOS® system's rigidity breaks down as complexity increase. Whereas Pinnacle Business Guides are experts at supporting, adjusting, and handling the complexities of scale.

The Bottom Line Which System is Best?

Ultimately, you shouldn't feel the need to choose between just EOS® or Pinnacle Business Guides. You should choose to install a business operating system. Categorically businesses with operating systems to grow faster and healthier than businesses without one. Its worth considering your organization's size, industry, and goals, and choose the approaches and elements of each system that best aligns with your vision for success.


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