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Alternatives to installing a Chief Operating Officer (COO) at lower cost and with higher odds of success.

The responsibilities shouldered by the successful Chief Executive Officer (CEO) increase with an organization’s progress and growth in scale and complexity.  The tension between the need to get things done, get others to do things, bridge the “white space” between organizational units, and to represent the organization externally (e.g. to investors, regulators, partners, suppliers, donors, the board, and the market) typically grows to the point where the CEO seeks to install a Chief Operating Officer (COO) in hopes of spreading the load across another strong executive.

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