Main reasons interim managers are appointed?

Mike Measures InterimconnectThe main reasons why Interims are appointed and used extensively in both the public and private sectors are:

  • Improvements and change,
  • Lead projects and
  • Cover senior management gaps caused by sudden departure, long-term sickness or maternity leave.
  • Need to bring in additional management skills and experience

Interim management began in the UK in the mid-1990s. It was seen then as a resource to cover gaps, but many companies had positive experiences and found interims to be the main drivers of change.

Those organisations found that by bringing in an experienced professional as part of the management team and focusing on the deliverables of the assignment, improvements could be made.

Interim managers focus on the job in hand and do not get distracted by office politics. As they do not have a permanent position in the organisation, they can surface and resolve difficult issues that a permanent member of the team might well avoid.

Another driver for the appointment of interims is uncertainity in the future which means that a permament appointment may not be appropriate. A good example of this is where a possible merger, acquistion, sale or disposal of a business is possible. Bringing in an experienced interim can manage the process but also through their experience deal with the unexpected.

Mike Measures



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