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Fractional COO

A fractional COO makes sense when you don't already have an experienced COO and:

  • You're a fast-growing business and your orders are outpacing your ability to deliver.

  • You want to groom one of your employees into being COO but you can't afford the time for them to learn the ropes on their own.

  • Your newly minted COO was a great project manager but they could use mentoring to expand their skills and gain new ones in a broader context.

  • You don't have the revenue to afford a full-time experienced COO.

  • You need someone to make sure you're operation is aligned with your objectives and your resources are capable of delivering your goals.

What you get
  • Immediate relief from constraints holding back your ability to deliver and grow.

  • An experienced C-level entrepreneurial executive armed with the experience and wisdom to break through logjams of work.

  • A fully-qualified COO for a fraction of the cost and none of the usual benefits of a full-time employee.

  • Someone who will be there for only as much time as needed to get you to where you need to be.

  • A business model canvass showing areas in need of attention.

  • Other leave-behinds such as standard procedures and tailored practices aligned with operational complexity, a communications, responsibilities and accountabilities matrix, a functioning operating model, and tools and techniques for continuous innovation and improvement.

  • A trusted advisor who will tell you like it is and help you make decisions about how to best make progress.


What it does for your business
  • Operations aligned with business goals and objectives.

  • Predictable performance.

  • Greater insight into capacity and growth opportunities.

  • Faster decision-making. 

  • More autonomy among key staff.

  • Survive growing pains and power through the bend in the hockey stick.

 

What you get
  • A clone of your COO only armed with additional experiences, skills, and possibly a completely new set of tools and tricks up their sleeve.

  • A strategic partner with complete objectivity and no conflicts of interest.

  • An unambiguous plan of action based on high level business goals and fully built out through an interconnected series of strategies and tactics down to direct actions.

  • A fully-qualified COO without any of the employee overhead.

  • A trusted advisor who will tell you like it is and help you make decisions about how to best make progress.


What it does for your business
  • Force-multiplier for your most key executive(s).

  • Strategic advice and executive firepower.

  • Third-party validation of new initiatives and approaches.

  • Practices tailored to your specific business situation.

  • Workflows embedded with greater insight into performance.

  • Decision-making relief for top leaders and executives.

  • Improved clarity of expected results.

  • Greater organizational flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and value creation.

 

C-Level Advising

Counseling, partnering, mentoring, and coaching make sense when a larger-than-startup company has an experienced COO looking to augment their own capabilities with new or additional help.

This often shows up when the COO:

  • Is looking for new ideas.

  • Needs to implement a new way of working.

  • Wants to take a "divide and conquer" approach to affecting changes.

  • Is faced with a crisis and needs to pull attention away from parts of the operation.

  • Is gearing up for a major operational change such as (for examples) M&A, strategic redirection or pivot, spinning out part of the company, or restructuring.

  • Looking to reformat the operation towards more lean, agile, or other performance approaches.

Traditional Consulting

Traditional consulting makes most sense when you have a specific short-term objective to achieve and you:

  • Have significant changes to make that require delicate, expert handling.

  • Need to educate and train your staff to carry out particular plans.

  • Need organizational-level strategic thinking as well as desk-level implementation help.

  • Want to pull together a multi-faceted team to tackle a specific problem across several parts of the organization.

  • Want to create and deploy an organic approach to long-term change.

  • Would like an outside perspective to provide objective validation of desired changes.

  • Have an easier time convincing your board to hire consultants than to give the work to your own people.

What you get
  • An expert team who blend in with your people and get to work.

  • A mix of traditional and non-traditional methods and solutions matched to your needs.

  • Laser-focused team free of internal impediments to affecting change.

  • An unambiguous plan of action based on high level business goals and fully built out through an interconnected series of strategies and tactics down to direct actions.

  • An executive-leader who can speak at board-level to ensure success.

  • Hands-on, sleeves rolled-up implementers each of executive caliber.

  • Trusted advisors who will tell you like it is and help you make decisions about how to best make progress.


What it does for your business
  • Implements transformation with proven successful techniques.

  • Strategic advice and executive firepower.

  • Third-party validation of new initiatives and approaches.

  • Practices tailored to your specific business situation.

  • Workflows embedded with greater insight into performance.

  • Improved clarity of expected results.

  • Greater organizational flexibility, responsiveness, innovation, and value creation.

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