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COOs: Tips on Creating Meaningful Work for Your Team
Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jan 16, 2019 8:28:00 AM

Three Business Drivers that Compel a CEO to Hire a COO

Do you belong to a company that is experiencing accelerated growth? Has your organization recently been restructured? Alternatively, is your business dealing with changes in leadership and preoccupied with succession planning?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jan 8, 2019 12:14:39 PM

CEOs: What's Missing to Move Forward [Podcast]

In this episode of Operationally Speaking, Sergiu Simmel of Get Business Momentum interviews our CEO, Adam Kaplan on the topic of the relationship between the CEO and the COO.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Sep 18, 2018 8:41:53 AM

Bill Belichick: America’s Top COO

Nearly Two Decades of Unmatched Performance

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Aug 28, 2018 1:45:13 PM

10 Must-Follow Blogs for Every Lower Middle Market Business Owner

As an owner of a growing small business, being in the “know” is crucial to running a successful company.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jun 12, 2018 8:24:00 AM

What to Consider When Hiring an Executive Search Firm [Checklist Included]

Your company is considering engaging with an executive search firm to help you find your next COO (Chief Operating Officer).  With so many firms from which to choose, how do you find the one that will best serve your needs?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 10, 2018 10:35:03 AM

Lonely at Work

Employee burnout has been on many organizations’ radar screen for quite some time, but it’s often focused on the individual’s workload or stress level. A recent article suggests that this burnout may result from workplace loneliness, and that the answer may lie not only in improving each individual work situation, but also in building stronger connections among team members.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jul 14, 2017 8:55:41 AM

Amazon Leadership Principle 2: Employee Ownership

What does it really mean for employees to demonstrate ownership? Taking care of every detail? Stepping up to take blame and correct mistakes?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jul 6, 2017 10:28:35 AM

Amazon Leadership Principle 1: Customer Obsession

Amazon’s many financial and corporate accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention.  A market cap twice its largest competitor – retail behemoth Walmart.  33% market share in all of eCommerce.  Almost $150B in annual sales.  Nearly $20B in operating cash flow.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 22, 2017 11:23:30 AM

Vulnerability is Sexy

When was the last time you felt truly vulnerable at work?  Are you a CEO who feels comfortable using the words “I don’t know” with your leadership team members?  Have you shared some of your fears with them?  Have you allowed yourself to be human?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on May 21, 2017 1:58:06 PM

Artificial Intelligence: Coming to a Business Near You!

I recently read an interesting article in Talent Economy magazine about how Artificial Intelligence is being used to reduce/ get rid of mundane administrative tasks that often fall on HR personnel. There are two areas where AI will make a big impact on HR in the future – Recruiting and Employee Benefits. 

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Apr 26, 2017 11:59:38 PM

When Do You Need to Hire a COO?

After reading a blog post by Dale Robinette (thanks Dale!), we realized that we gave our readers advice on how to hire a new Chief Operating Officer, but gave no advice on when it is time for your company to find a new one.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Apr 20, 2017 11:48:00 AM

Toxic Culture

Uber has been in the news a lot lately and F@st Company even wrote an great article on the fact that their problems are a result of their dysfunctional company culture. A Bain & Company survey of 365 companies around the world said that 81% believe that a company lacking a high-performance culture is doomed to mediocrity. Are you set up for success or mediocrity?

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 17, 2017 4:28:45 PM

Bring a Little More Happy Into Your Life

Recently, I watched a documentary called “Happy” on Netflix. First, I really enjoyed it and do recommend it, but I wanted to share some important life lessons highlighted in the documentary.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 16, 2017 12:54:00 PM

What is one Meeting you Can't Reschedule?

As Chief Executive Officers, you attend a lot of meetings. Sometimes it can feel as if you attend too many. As a result, some meetings must be rescheduled because of time constraints.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Mar 14, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Nasty Bankruptcy: Why a Founder’s Brand is not Enough to Build a Great and Lasting Business

Reminiscent of its .com flopping predecessors, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy late last year after raising tens of millions in venture capital. It was a fantastic fall from grace for the company. Yet the brand of its founder Sophia Amoruso lives on - through her best selling book, a popular podcast, and a new Netflix TV series. 

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Feb 7, 2017 4:41:31 PM

Meet Tom Billingsly, CEO

Tom Billingsly never fashioned himself to be more of an entrepreneur than any other Tom, Dick or Harry. 

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jan 25, 2017 10:34:00 AM

The Seven Roles of the COO

I recently came across an article in Harvard Business Review that is as relevant today as it was when it was written over a decade ago.  Titled Second in Command: The Misunderstood Role of the Chief Operating Officer, the piece notes the “situational” nature of what the COO does. A person sitting in the COO chair may play many if not most of these roles during his / her tenure.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Aug 3, 2016 10:12:40 PM

Book Review: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham

There have been countless books written about very large corporations and the key to their success.  There also are many books out there telling how to grow your business.  The assumption in all these books is that you need to be growing to considered successful.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jun 5, 2016 5:41:00 PM

The Culture Piggyback

Last week I had the good fortune to participate in a video conference call on the topic of how to build, sustain and nurture a thriving corporate culture. The real time “fishbowl” was led by Art Saxby and Tom McCrary, CEO and Managing Partner respectively of Chief Outsiders. Chief Outsiders offers seasoned Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) to growth-oriented CEOs on a part time basis. Art and Tom are part of the Small Giants Community — organizations who are small in size yet giant in purpose — which hosted the gathering.

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Posted by Adam Kaplan on Jun 2, 2016 5:29:00 PM

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