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Interim executives must 'deliver clear vision'

17 September 2009

Interim management specialists must be able to establish and deliver a clear vision to their staff to be successful.

That is according to Richard Buxton, interim chief executive of Local Partnerships, who told the Guardian that interims must have demonstrable communication skills and the ability to direct senior individuals.

Offering advice to board-level staff considering entering the interim management industry, the transitional director explained that candidates are not required to sustain a performance over the long-term, but must be prepared to work incredibly hard during their tenure.

The former chief executive of the National Lottery Charities Board also highlighted that he was able to secure his current position thanks to his experience in managing significant change in complex public sector organisations.

Charlotte Baker, head of OdgersInterim Public Practice said: "Richard is a really good example of what an interim executive needs to get the job done. He has managed complex mergers on more than one occasion. Unsurprisingly not everyone is automatically eager for these to succeed. Because of his clear vision and purposeful approach he will not be knocked off course. His focus is always to make sure that the programme is delivered to time and budget. This can be a bruising experience for some who prefer the status quo, interim executives involved in transformation work are not always popular.

"A true interim executive gets to an organisation, delivers and moves on. Unfortunately not all the freelancers, consultants and particularly those in between jobs have the same agenda. Clients would do well to have metrics in place to ensure that the interim executive they hire does deliver what they are asked to and should make sure that the broker they work with will partner with them to guarantee a successful outcome."

The demand for transitional executives in public agencies has grown in recent months, according to the Interim Management Association.

In the second quarter of 2009, the organisation disclosed that interest in temporary executives in this sector actually exceeded that witnessed by private corporations.

Categories: Public Sector


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