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As a c-level executive, the Chief Operating Officer is expected to be involved in the day-to-day operations of a company. Companies large and small have a chief operations officers in some capacity. While established companies will have a COO position, emerging entrepreneurs assume the position along with other C-Level posts (e.g. chief, marketing, financial and executive officer). When all is said and done, the COO has a significant impact on how the company is run, because he/she is involved in so many different areas of the company.

The following advice for would-be and established COO incorporates input from professionals who are current and former C-Level executives themselves, as well as fellow business experts, from various LinkedIn forums.

Decision Maker

The COO carries the responsibility of reporting to the COO and board of directors regarding every area of operation, and making key decisions for all areas of the company. The COO is described as the "daily communicator," and should have a constant and deep understanding of how each department functions on a daily basis, communicating with managers and directors on every level. In addition, the COO works and communicates with investors and customers as well. As such, A COO should be well versed in the vocabulary of all aspects of business.

Internal Leader

While the COO is the face of the company to the outside world, the COO is the face of internal operations and leadership. He or she is responsible for...

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