Leadership From The Role Of COO – John Devine (Threadneedle)

Arif Harbott
Arif Harbott

Our lecture keynote last week was John Devine who is the COO of Threadneedle and previously a vice president at Merrill Lynch. It was a superb talk very engaging and eye opening as I had always thought as the COO as an operations role.


  • Treat your boss as a partner you are a team
  • Your personal values need to match the organisational values
  • Recognise and use opportunity
  • Manage conflict or it will destroy you
  • Healthy conflict (challenge and debate) is a good thing
  • Don’t hide from your mistakes, accept them and deal with them
  • Be open and honest with people

What does a COO do?

  • Day-to-day operations
  • Strategic development
  • Everything!

What are typical COO traits?

  • Understanding of organisational context and business cycles
  • Broad business understanding
  • Credible (must have had previous success)
  • The ability to get things done
  • Understanding of organisational dynamics
  • Clear messages
  • Vision
  • Direction
  • Decisions
  • Manages conflict within organisation
Leadership From The Role Of COO – John Devine (Threadneedle)

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  1. Hi John. Seem to have lost contact with you. If you are still at Threadneedle please let me know. I would love to hear from you. Julie

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