Thinking about using an interim manager? At certain times, it’s the ideal solution:
- Organisations frequently feel the need for more ‘management time’, perhaps to undertake a restructuring, examine an opportunity or scope out a new business idea. An interim manager can provide that extra time straightaway and will often bring in specialist skills that are not available within the staff team. I have done this for Pearson Education, Hodder Education, Learning and Skills Network and a range of other clients.
- Appointing an interim manager, rather than immediately filling a senior vacancy with a like-for-like recruitment, gives the organisation the opportunity to consider its options for restructuring, with the added benefit of considered and objective input from an experienced professional. Nelson Thornes and Scholastic Education found great advantage in this approach.
- Where an organisation is actively planning change, an interim manager can undertake the tougher aspects of the change process, handing over to the new, permanent senior manager once the groundwork has been done, as I did for Dawson Books.
- Having a capable interim manager in post quickly when a vacancy occurs ensures that momentum is not lost in the business and gives the board and chief executive time to make the best permanent appointment, as Scholastic Education found when they appointed me as interim MD.