What does it mean to be second-in-command in an organisation? Paul Stokes examines a typology of seven roles that a second-in-command (N2) can take and how coaching can help this sub-set of executives succeed in each of them.

At a recent Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU) research day, I raised the research topic of the particular developmental and organisational challenges faced by people who are deemed to be second-in-command in organisations.

This was welcomed with interest by participants and seen to be an important topic to explore and address, for organisations of all sizes, from an SME based in Sheffield, to large multinationals…

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