Interim Programme or Project Managers

The questions I am asked most about what I do are not about project management but about being an interim manager:

  1. Why would an organisation bring in an interim manager to run their project or programme?
  2. What’s the difference between an interim and a contractor?
  3. What’s the difference between an interim and a consultant?
  4. Isn’t it cheaper to employ someone properly?

My short answers are: expertise, objectives over attendance, stewardship not advice, no!

I hope the rest of this explains the answers. 
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Does an interim have to be industry specialist?

Some HR managers and interim providers seem to be advising executives and directors on hiring interim managers who have specialist experience in their sector.

It has always been so for certain sectors and they have a point: understanding the language and “standard operations” of these sectors is a real benefit when you want an interim to start fast and make positive impact quickly.  Especially where the role is to be a heavy weight temporary role.

However, one way in which I have been able to help clients is by bringing insights from other sectors which gives them a way of looking at the problem with fresh eyes. Read more of this post

Interim Management is a business solution

Interim managers bring experience from multiple environments and sectors alongside their specialist expertise, ability to prioritize and deliver at pace.  The organisations that use them are not recruiting staff but the resources to move their business forward.  It’s not just me that says so:

“The attributes required involve a combination of experience, personality and an attitude to the job that demands flexibility, curiosity and a willingness to accept the uncertainty of a series of relatively short-term contracts and no guarantee of future work.”
Charles Batchelor FT.com Published: September 24 2010 11:25

Interim Management

The Financial Times today have given a very balanced view of Interim Managers http://bit.ly/95GAMe   with comments from clients, the interim management providers (agencies that specialise in finding interim management talent) and some information about the Interim Management Association Institute. Read more of this post