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It’s time for a breakthrough.

Stitch Traction grew out of a passion for entrepreneurial business and the simple realization that every growing business hits a ceiling, a point when success outstrips the ability to manage it.

If you’re like many entrepreneurs you’re a “doer,” someone who jumps in and solves problems, gets things done and makes it happen. Hitting the ceiling can frustrate the “doer” in you because your success requires a shift in thinking, from working “in” your business to working “on” your business. From “doing” to “leading.” From a focus on “self” to a focus on “others.” These are not the same skills that supported your success. You need new skills, new thinking and a new approach to break through.

What is EOS?

In three words: Real. Simple. Results.

EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, is a comprehensive business system, integrating a holistic business model with a complete set of simple business tools and a proven business process to align and synchronize all the pieces of your business to produce the results you want.

EOS will help you do three things we call vision, traction and healthy:

Vision: First getting the leaders of your business 100% on the same page with the vision for your organization: who you are, what you do, where you are going and how you will get there.

Traction: Helping your leaders to become more disciplined and accountable, executing consistently to do things well and achieve every piece of your vision.

Healthy: Helping your leaders to become a healthy, functional, cohesive leadership team, because leaders often don’t function well together as a team.

From there, as goes your leadership team so goes the rest of your organization. You get to the point where your entire organization is focused, engaged, sharing a common vision, disciplined, accountable, executing well and advancing as a healthy, functional, cohesive team.

EOS is unique because it is easy to understand and use, holistically addressing all issues rather than applying spot-treatments to your business. It works in any entrepreneurial company and across all business models because the system is founded on time-tested methods and principles, not business management theories or “flavor of the month” fads.

EOS is comprised of three elements; the EOS Model™, the EOS Toolbox™ and the EOS Process™. The EOS Model helps to simplify the way you see your business and sets the context for becoming a great company. The EOS Toolbox contains a complete set of simple tools you can use to strengthen each component of your business. The EOS Process is our proven way of helping you apply the right tools at the right time to get you the results you want.

Why do teams choose EOS?

Not working to win


“I wasn’t getting enough out of my people. We weren’t on the same page, working together to win.”

Flat Lined


“I was stuck. My business had flat-lined and I couldn’t figure out how to keep us growing.”

Brute Force


We felt like everything we did was brute force. We were working hard but couldn’t seem to break through the ceiling.”


EOS™ is unique because it is easy to understand and use, holistically addressing all issues rather than applying spot-treatments to your business. Watch this video to learn how EOS works, and why it is so effective across so many industries.

How long does it take?

A typical traction engagement lasts between 12 and 24 months. The day-long session is 7 to 10 hours and involves the members of the Leadership Team. Five to seven sessions are completed during an annual cycle. In some cases the Team may decide to keep the EOS Implementer on engaged for longer than 24 months to facilitate a more objective meeting.

What results can I expect?

Most EOS clients experience 15 to 30 percent top-line growth after implementation. In addition, clients have expressed an improved atmosphere of accountability, greater quality of life and an enhanced level of efficiency within the organization.

What's the risk?

There is no risk to implementation other than the time you will spend during your first session and the minor expense of the room. Every EOS session is 100% financially guaranteed. If for some reason you feel as though you did not receive value you do not pay. There are no long-term commitments or contracts. We strive to deliver great value in every session.

The team

Jim Wardlaw, MS

Principal, Stitch Traction: Principal, Stitch Brand & Culture; Executive Director, The Buffalo Center for Cultural Innovation; Certified EOS Implementer

Jim is an award-winning entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in brand management, strategic marketing, creativity, facilitation, sales and business management. He holds a BFA from Michigan State University and MS in Creativity and Change Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, New York.

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Stas Balanevsky

Principal Stitch Brand & Strategy; EOS Implementer

Stas is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and business management. Stas has worked in a wide range of industries including medical devices, sporting goods, digital media, retail and e-commerce, and international finance.

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