The Problem Paradox: How Leaders Make Problem Solving Too Difficult

As leaders, we are expected to solve problems. Big problems. And sometimes, we get those pesky little problems too. Whether big or small, these problems are often handed to us soon after we step (or are dragged) into our first leadership role. For some of us, this could have occurred as early as our...

The AI-Driven Future: Strategic Operations for the Modern COO


   Guest Blog 

  By Jill Tarallo

As we move forward into 2024, COOs are at the forefront of transformative leadership, prepared to navigate through a time of rapid technological advancements and shifting global...

20 Years of Support for Operations Executives: Lifelines, Friendships and Trust

For nearly two decades, I've had the incredible opportunity to help drive the expansion of the COO Forum, a transformative space that has provided unparalleled support to Chief Operating Officers and Operations Executives. Being a part of the journey, I've seen our community grow, yet deep...

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2024: Celebrating 20 Years Serving Operations Executives - Top Ten Insights

What do you do after searching for a community of Operations Executives to work on challenges unique to your role…and don’t find one?  

You build one!


That’s exactly what we did in Silicon Valley in 2004. We built the first peer organization in the world exclusively to empower Operatio...

2023 COO Forum Year in Review 

2023 has been a year of growth, accomplishment, giving and some sadness here at COO Forum®. We are very proud of what our nearly 200 Operations Executives have contributed to both the business world and their local communities. And we are excited for what 2024 will bring. 

Let's take a look at 2...

COO Forum®...the Original COO ChatGPT?

Doesn’t it seem like it was only yesterday that we woke up and, suddenly, ChatGPT had swept in and captured all our minds? As COOs/Operations Executives, we are learning a new lexicon of words such as Large Language Models (LLMs), Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI), Artificial General Intelligence...

The Elaborate Budget Dance

Budgets. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? If you are an Operations Executive born after 1922, you've probably run into a budget or two during your career. I certainly have over the past 30 years. In fact, it was during my time in corporate America, after a few budget cycles, that I c...

COO Forum's Must-Read Books
Which book has kept you riveted, page after page? What about the one that was so insightful that you had to put its ideas to work right away? The COO Forum and its members have provided a list of their favorite books. Which one appeals to you?
What is Your COO Type?
Due to its very nature, the COO role is often unclear. Taking the time to think about why you were or are being hired can go a long way in helping you to clarify your role and address important organizational issues. Which of the seven COO types are you?
The Benefits of a Peer Community
Operations Executives spend an inordinate amount of organizational bandwidth fighting the day-to-day challenges. For us leaders, connecting our people to our company’s mission and vision is paramount to success. Be a connector.