I work as a fractional COO with founders and CEOs.
A fractional leader simultaneously holds part-time leadership roles across several companies. I work with a maximum of two fractional clients at any one time.
Working with me as your fractional chief operating officer (COO), you get hands-on rigour, direction and expertise in scaling your business fast, without the cost or delay involved with hiring a full-time chief operating officer.
A fractional COO might be what you need if:
- You need operational leadership but aren’t ready to hire full-time
- You’re in constant firefighting mode in your scale-up business
- You feel like you’re losing grip in your business
- You’re seeking to reduce risk or unlock growth in a business
- You want to mature aspects of your business to reduce friction
- You want to escape the typical growth plateau that scale-ups hit
I can help you overcome the inevitable challenges of scaling a business, building capacity and accountability among leaders in your business for the future.
Which businesses need a fractional COO?
The fractional COO option is designed to deliver most value to businesses have achieved enough product-market fit and are funded to scale.
Good-fit companies will typically:
Have a team of at least 10 people
Be aiming for substantial annual revenue growth
Have an open, results-oriented mindset
Value progressive and agile principles
Have a remote or hybrid workstyle
Be ready to hire a full-time COO within 12 months
Working with a fractional COO
I work part-time in your leadership team as your Chief Operating Officer. As a fractional COO I lead teams, represent your business and am fully embedded within your company.
You, your leadership team and board get:
Hands-on, high leverage senior leadership
Equivalent of one, two or three days per week working hands-on within your team as your COO
Unlimited 1:1 access to me via Slack, email & phone
Access to my personal network of specialists
“Simon has often been my go to person to talk to about gnarly problems or to use as a sounding board because he is a great listener, shows empathy, and is very calm. We’ve often brainstormed ideas around operating models and structures, and I’ve really valued Simon’s approach as a leader, which is about integrity, inclusivity, and being a servant to his colleagues. If you need help with leadership, business models, or people challenges, you’ll be in very safe hands.”
I write an email newsletter
I write a newsletter for founders and CEOs called Build. It features insights, techniques & thinking for those navigating the ups-and-downs of the scaling journey and developing their own leadership.