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Book: How to be a Chief Operating Officer - 16 Disciplines for Success by Jennifer Geary

Book: How to be a Chief Operating Officer - 16 Disciplines for Success by Jennifer Geary

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Jennifer Geary

Author Jennifer Gearyabout this book: I worked for over 20 years in several operational areas before securing my first COO role. I trained as an accountant, then moved into risk, technology, held two chief of staff positions, led a global risk function, and finally worked in Legal, before taking on my first role as COO. Even with this breadth of experience, I was acutely aware that I was being asked to lead teams in disciplines in which I had little more than tangential experience; HR, communications, insurance, building and facilities management, to name a few. I had to work hard, dig deep and read voraciously. I reached out to contacts for subject matter knowledge, built a trusted community of advisors and, gradually moved up the learning curve. It was hard and I thought there must be a better way. This is what prompted me to write this book – it is the book I wish I had had at the outset.

Coming up with the title and cover design was hard! As was learning to market the book. COOs are much more accustomed to working in the background, staying out of the limelight. It was quite a challenge to get out there and promote it. That said, I loved the writing process, accompanied by a coffee and music by Ludovico Einaudi in my study.

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