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Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO

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The role of Chief Operations Officer is clearly important. In fact, it has been argued that the number two position is the toughest job in a company. COOs are typically the key individuals responsible for the delivery of results on a day-to-day, quarter-to-quarter basis. They play a critical leadership role in executing the strategies developed by the top management team. ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 9th 2006 by Stanford Business Books
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Andreanne Jalbert
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book, liked the structure of theory/interviews, but got a little too repetitive at times.
Yaakov Bernadyn
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great book if you want a lecture about the interaction between CEO and COO. Otherwise, this may be more of a waste of time.
Matt
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A good enough book on a position not given a lot of study. The interviews were good as they got some good executives, though the part on the search for a COO and the consultants felt a bit forced.
Jules
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pretty much the only book I could find on what the role of a Chief Operating Officer (COO) is, but even then, it didn't really answer the question. The key takeaways from this book are pretty much summarised in the first two chapters of the book. I found the rest of it to be mildly interesting (it's filled with interviews and anecdotes from past COOs / CEOs) but ultimately, not much that was sufficiently concrete to take-away and apply.
Mark
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
good insight into a little researched and talked about role, second in command. worth reading, although still does not really answer the question raised by the book itself.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A should-read book on middle management for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Jim
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the middle chapters that are stories from CEOs and COOs. The parts about how to hire a COO were less useful.
Michael Storch
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read. Wish there was more material on this topic.
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