Tips for clients resourcing an Interim Manager

Interim management is an enormous asset to all organisations. But to make sure you get the most value, follow our ten simple tips to ensure that you and the rest of your management team are prepared for the impact that an interim executive will make.

  1. Be clear about why you need an interim manager and define your objectives in a written brief. This helps us ensure that we fully understand your requirements and enables us find the most appropriate interim executive for your organisation
  2. Secure budget approval before engaging a service provider. Interim management is a high-value solution to address key projects or meet urgent leadership needs. Understanding the benefits the assignment will bring is essential to setting and approving an appropriate budget prior to hire
  3. Ensure the key sponsor of the interim executive controls the hiring process and is involved in the selection. Nominate a point of contact responsible for providing ongoing, swift and responsive decision-making (the world of interims moves fast!)
  4. When selecting an interim provider ask for proof of their credentials: details of past assignments, their client base, insurances and processes
  5. Insist on a face-to-face briefing with the interim provider prior to engagement. This is a people business, and you need to meet the people with whom you are working
  6. Expect a carefully selected shortlist and small number of CVs, who the service provider knows or has/will interview. You are paying them to find the right person, not inundate you with CVs
  7. Ensure that your provider gives you written Terms and Conditions, Pricing Schedules and the specific details before signing the contract
  8. Expect a full documentation pack upon contract including notes of reference checks
  9. Expect the provider to keep in touch with you and the interim once the contract is up and running, with regular feedback and guidance
  10. Expect an end of assignment report, to help with your internal audit and governance and gain any last insights from the interim.

Contact us to discuss your interim management needs.

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