To be an Interim Manager

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This is what the typical interim manager offers

The typical temporary executive usually has 10 to 20 years of leadership and project management experience. He or she has gained this experience in a wide variety of companies, industries and countries. On the basis of a strong track record achieved in practice, qualifications and often also extensive industry contacts, they decide to start a professional self-employment career.

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What exactly does the Interim Manager do?

Interim managers, also known as temporary managers or transition managers, are managers who are appointed at short notice and assume full operational management responsibility. They also convince with their professional and personal authority. Being effective quickly and sustainably is a key success factor in interim management.

In most areas of the economy, the trend towards individual, flexible and tailor-made work solutions has prevailed. While temporary staffing has become globally a widespread business, Interim Management has been applied mainly in special situations, with a strongly growing trend. “One for all and for at least 4 years…” is replaced by the objective: “Exactly the right know-how for a specific task or situation. At the right time and for the necessary time period”.

Shortages in management functions

Forward-looking companies simply want tailor-made management in special situations. They want optimal results, value-for-money, low risk and greater flexibility.

In situations of shortage or management vacancies, clients increasingly use interim management to bridge gaps or to support their own management capacity. This gives companies time to find the best possible successor for the position or to complete an important project on time.

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The interim manager serves as a bridge

Traditionally, companies have often deployed interim managers in a crisis. Therefore, these interim managers have often been seen as the “fire brigade” of the company management. They often execute unpleasant tasks such as restructuring or the closure and liquidation of a company (so-called “dirty jobs”).

In the past 20 years, interim managers have been increasingly deployed for management gaps or to lead projects, due to their above average experience, project or general management competency or specific know-how The same applies to special topics for which a company cannot or does not want to reserve extra capacities permanently.