About David Bowman

David Bowman has over 25 years experience helping leaders and teams become their best. He is a believer in W.E. Demings's philosophy, "put a good person in a bad system and the system wins every time." David is passionate that EOS is that better system for entrepreneurial organizations.

Are Your Leaders Ready to Do the Hard Work of Leadership?

Leadership is hard! As Gino Wickman and René Boer point out in the book How to be a Great Boss, it’s not for everyone. Please do a lot of soul-searching before taking on a Leadership, Management and Accountability™ (LMA™) role in your organization or allowing others to do so. I recently saw an example lived [...]

How EOS Could Change Your Personal Life

Recently, I facilitated a Vision Building™ 1 session with a client. This is the second of the beginning sessions, and it had been 30 days since we had our Focus Day™ session. As always, we shared our personal and professional bests at the beginning of the meeting. The CEO began by saying, “My personal and [...]

2018-08-20T09:01:54+00:00August 20th, 2018|Blog Articles, Company Culture, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Team Health, Work Life Balance|Comments Off on How EOS Could Change Your Personal Life

Think You Know Your Company Values? Think Again!

Last year, I was preparing for my second session in a new client’s journey implementing EOS. In the first session I had spoken of their need to commit to EOS as their single operating system. I knew that I would need to reinforce this commitment many times, and I got the opportunity almost immediately. [...]

2018-05-24T10:28:06+00:00May 24th, 2018|Blog Articles, Mission / Vision / Purpose|Comments Off on Think You Know Your Company Values? Think Again!

The Critical Difference Between an Accountability Chart and an Org Chart

When I introduce leadership teams to EOS, they often ask me, “What’s the difference between an Accountability Chart™ and an organizational chart?” It’s a good question, because at first glance the two concepts appear the same. But there’s a critical difference, and it’s important that your leadership team understands what makes the Accountability Chart so [...]

2018-04-02T09:24:11+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Accountability, Blog Articles, Structure|Comments Off on The Critical Difference Between an Accountability Chart and an Org Chart

Why Is It Hard for Business Leaders to Know What They Want?

When people ask me what I do for a living, I say that I help business leaders get what they want from their business. But I’ve found that most business leaders don’t really know what they want—other than some vague concept of growth, passing something on to their kids, or getting acquired. Maybe that’s why [...]

2018-02-28T13:50:44+00:00February 27th, 2018|Blog Articles, Focus, Mission / Vision / Purpose, Small Business, Vision|Comments Off on Why Is It Hard for Business Leaders to Know What They Want?

Culture Doesn’t Beat Strategy—It’s the Foundation of Strategy

The very question of which is more important—company culture or strategy—misses the mark. If your business consists of more than one person, your company has a culture. The fact that you’re successful, and your business has a viable plan for creating a positive economic impact for your employees and your customers, indicates you have a [...]

2017-12-11T18:04:28+00:00December 11th, 2017|Company Culture, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Culture Doesn’t Beat Strategy—It’s the Foundation of Strategy

10 Tips for Better Accountability

Are you sick and tired of people not being accountable and not taking ownership of basic levels of performance? Is there a lack of accountability at the leadership team level—even though the organization has been involved in huge efforts to be more data-oriented? Maybe your peers helped create performance scoreboards and dashboards to hold their [...]

2017-10-26T15:40:12+00:00October 30th, 2017|Accountability, Leadership, Management|Comments Off on 10 Tips for Better Accountability

5 Indicators That Your Company Has Hit the Ceiling

I recently had a conversation with a business owner at a coffee shop who has created a very successful and progressive organization with a very cool culture that reflects his personality. Just that morning, he had heard about EOS® from a peer and thought it could solve some of his challenges. He said that as [...]

2017-09-25T12:46:56+00:00September 25th, 2017|Blog Articles, Company Growing Pains, Small Business|Comments Off on 5 Indicators That Your Company Has Hit the Ceiling

One Company’s Sure-Fire Method to Avoid Growth

Years ago, I was calling on the owner of a fairly good-sized manufacturer. He proudly gave me a tour of his facility, commenting on each department. He clearly understood the areas that were working, as well as the challenges he faced—including the role of his leadership team, which consisted of working managers. When we got [...]

2017-09-04T12:46:29+00:00September 5th, 2017|Company Growing Pains, Leadership, Small Business|Comments Off on One Company’s Sure-Fire Method to Avoid Growth

The Science of Measured Management

I recently read about two studies that reveal how companies that see the best performance  are the ones that use professional management techniques as defined by setting targets, rewarding performance, and measuring results. One of the studies was based on an analysis of companies that died, survived, and thrived during the “great recession.” [...]

2017-07-24T19:50:02+00:00July 24th, 2017|Blog Articles, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management|Comments Off on The Science of Measured Management