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Chief Operating Officer

Career description:

Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a member of an organization’s executive team. They handle the day-to-day administration and operation of a business. With the proper training, experience, and skills, an individual can fill this role in a variety of organizations, such as a for-profit business, non-profit organization, government entity, or school. The COO typically has overall supervisory responsibility for all of the entity’s operations.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Execute strategies developed by the top management team
  • Lead a specific strategic imperative
  • Show the ropes to an inexperienced CEO
  • Complement a CEO’s experience or management style
  • Provide a partner to a CEO who does not work well alone
  • Groom the organization’s next CEO or test the individual to make sure he or she is right for the job
  • Promote someone they don’t want to lose

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