The CPO role has finally taken its rightful place on the Executive Committee and people management is recognised as a true differentiator of success for modern organisations.
Discover the secrets of being an exceptional Chief People Officer (CPO) in today's evolving landscape. Our book, enriched with real-life examples and expert insights, condenses years of experience into an accessible read.
Gain the knowledge to optimize impact, empower your team, and navigate the complexities of talent management, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and more.
Become a more effective leader, faster, with the book that CEOs, boards, and teams recommend
Our journey began in 2010, when our founder Jane Smith had a passion for creating a business that would make a difference. Today, How to be a COO has grown into a successful company that continues to innovate and lead in the sustainable business industry.
Our team at How to be a COO is made up of dedicated professionals who share a common goal of creating a better future for our planet. From our product designers to our marketing team, we are committed to making a positive impact on the world.
"Without doubt, human capability (talent + organization + leadership + HR) initiatives create increasing value for all organization stakeholders. This book does a thoughtful and thorough job exploring how to upgrade talent by building a stronger HR function. The practical ideas make this a useful 'how-to' guide."
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, Partner, the RBL Group
Watch this brief video introduction to our new book How to be a Chief People Officer. It will give a quick overview of the key points we address and how you can use it to drive your strategy and build your functions to drive success.
‘A must-read guide for all aspiring COOs. Packed with practical insights and based on real life experiences, it gives a clear and powerful road map for this transformational organizational role’
Justin Forsyth, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
‘It is rare for a single book to command such breadth of expertise, practical insight and advice that is so easy to put into action. This is a consequence of the superb clarity of Jennifer’s writing, and the fact that she has earned her expertise – and the scars that come with it – from working on the business end of the stick for over twenty years.’
Mark Waddington, CEO, Hope and Homes for Children
‘This book takes one of the most frameless and unstructured roles in business today, and using personal experiences seeks to help others to demystify the role and deliver insight on how to be effective and successful. Insightful and extensive, a book I would have loved to have access to when I was starting out in my career.’
Pam Murphy, COO, Infor
‘An impressive read. De-codes the very tricky role of COO and inspires you on how to be a great one’
Niamh O’Keeffe, Author of “Your First 100 days” and founder of CEO Assist
‘The role of COO is a balancing act, and requires multiple hard and soft skills. This nifty handbook provides a shortcut to understand the critical skills required, and is filled with nuggets of practical and accessible advice.’
Sinead Mahon, Banking COO
‘Crisply written, clear and to the point’
Ben Brabyn, CEO, Level 39