Fractional COOs and Swiss Army Knives

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Swiss Army knife

Fractional COOs are the Swiss Army knives of the fractional executive world.

“Operations” means different things to everyone and each industry. Because every client has different needs, we must have lots of tools at our disposal. We also have to be flexible in scope and deliverables.

Some business owners need to delegate tasks they don’t like or others can do better.   Others need help bringing more order or taming chaos.  Some need to update their org chart and make sure they have the right people in the right seats.

All those situations require different skill sets and different tools – and knowing how and when to use them.

That’s the beauty of fractional COO work – taking tools, systems, and learning from a variety of companies and industries and applying them in new situations. It’s about making work and life better for the business owners we serve.

A day in the life of a fractional COO is never boring. It’s nothing to go from a staff meeting where I am responsible for driving accountability to helping improve a customer process, then researching back office software solutions before leading a project meeting. Throw in a strategic planning session, reviewing and editing policies or agreements, running point on administrative tasks, reviewing KPIs and financials, and top it off with a coaching session for a manager or new operations leader.

And the next day or week will look completely different!

The bottom line is that a fractional COO’s job is to make things better, simplify the complex, improve results, and ultimately give business owners more time or peace of mind.

If you’re a business owner and want to free up your time so you can do what you do best and grow your business, connect with us at LinkedIn or CONTACT US here.  Maybe we have a “Swiss Army knife” set of tools that can help you.

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