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Power Talk Friday: Hunter Lowder: Is it Time for a Fractional COO?

Episode 855 of A Well-Designed Business®

Today With Hunter Lowder:

Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. We’ve all heard that we should free ourselves up for CEO-level tasks. But knowing we should and actually following through with it are very different things. It can be hard for entrepreneurs who feel like they have to carry everything in their business. Sometimes, the operations get jumbled along the way. My guest today, Hunter Lowder, runs a business that steps in and serves as fractional COO to get designers back on track. She’s sharing how we can let go, how to find the right person for the job, and how the process of bringing someone in actually works.

Pick It Apart

[1:48] LuAnn and Hunter discuss what bringing in an outside COO looks like and how it can work. 

[5:15] Hunter shares why business owners often experience overwhelm. 

[10:33] Hunter and LuAnn discuss the importance of mission, vision, and values when bringing someone into the COO role. 

[18:23] Hunter shares two tips for people who might need assistance in their operations. 

[33:15] Hunter discusses the different ways she supports business owners.

LuAnn Nigara and Hunter Lowder’s Ah-Ha Moments

“I think everybody talks about creativity and visionaries…but then there’s the side like me who are operations and systems. We are kind of like the fun police, telling people, it’s great that you love what you do—here’s how we make it sustainable.” – Hunter Lowder

“The original entrepreneur gets it going…but now the business is growing and decisions need to be made on the daily. The whole organization is accustomed to the CEO being the decision-maker. But there’s this level where the CEO is seeing the next level for the business but is stuck in the weeds of the day-to-day decision making.” – LuAnn Nigara

More About Hunter Lowder:

Hunter Lowder is co-owner of Tortoise & The Bear, a business strategy, operations, and mindset coaching company that supports visionaries in bringing their wild and crazy dreams to life. Coupling her past business experience as CEO of a multi-million dollar company with mindful coaching approaches, Hunter helps service-based business owners create and prioritize a strategic plan to grow their impact and move their business forward in a sustainable way. 

After suffering severe burnout as a CEO, Hunter is passionate about building a business in alignment with her values. When she’s not helping clients fine tune their operations, she’s likely dancing and singing karaoke with her husband, feeding her son’s football team, or hanging out at the beach with her fur babies.

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