Interim Management is a field that’s dramatically growing in importance and popularity but is still broadly misunderstood. Despite a huge increase in market penetration, most people only see Interim Managers as people to call in a crisis, if they have any understanding of the field at all.
Interim Managers are useful for businesses at levels, and you shouldn’t wait for a crisis to call! They’re a welcome injection of experience and expertise that no one else in your company has, and that they leave behind them when they move on.
Today, let’s have a look at the qualities you need from an Interim Manager to help you decide whether or not it’s the right time for you to call one!
Interim Managers are expert at coming into a situation, assessing it quickly and getting to work right away. The hiring process is often swift, and people expect to be working within 24 hours of their interview. If there’s one thing you can rely on from an Interim Manager is their adapting to any situation and immediately beginning to create valuable work for your business.
Interim Managers are successful because they are highly experienced in their field. When you hire an Interim Manager, as long as they have a track record of success, you know you’re getting in someone with the expertise to transform your business.
Taking advantage of this is the key to success when you’re using Interim Talent. Using an Interim Manager to set up systems in your company that existing staff can use when the Interim talent has moved on means you’ll be getting value from them long after they’ve left.
The advantage of using an Interim Manager over consultants is that consultants will ‘diagnose’ a problem for you and make recommendations for how to fix it, they leave implementing that solution in your hands.
Interim Managers will give you same the assessment and plan, but then get to work putting that plan into action themselves. As they’ll be doing it themselves, you’ll know at any plans they suggest are reasonable, actionable and will show results.
Interim Managers need to be able to go into a difficult situation, and have people following their recommendations right away. The most successful ones have well developed leadership skills that mean they can persuade people and win hearts and minds, rather than fall back on your authority, which could easily create a difficult working environment.
Finding an Interim Manager with these skills in your niche means they’ll be able to help with almost anything, and you’ll get the expertise your business needs!