Choosing the right COO is like choosing your life partner. You need good chemistry, someone you respect and trust with your baby, someone you could spend 8+ hours a day for 7+ years and still like them at the end of most days, and so much more. I believe that good hiring is a combination of competency-based interviewing (Lominger), demonstrated experience, and broad personality screening matched with a passion for your business and what the business needs to thrive.
To help you choose the best COO for your business, I've culled together a set of resources at the end of this article if you like the details. However, as any good COO should do for you, here's the bottomline summary of the research:
Important for good job match with CEO/Founder:
4 Traits of the Best COOs
Areas of value (300 C-suite execs interviewed)
COO Value Chain
At what level do you need your COO to bring to your organization?
Level 1 - Execution
Level 2 - Enablement
Level 3 - Development
7 Types of COOs
Other Key Traits of a Great COO
If you want more details, all of this information is sourced from the following wonderful research articles below:
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