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Interim managers 'can provide training function'
Businesses hiring an interim executive for specialist projects can get more out of their temporary appointment by asking the manager to train up existing employees.
The Financial Times reports that using interims to "capture knowhow" is one way for companies to make the most of the time such figures spend in their organisation.
Interim professional David Pickering explained how the specialist expertise of the interim manager should then filter down to other employees, making them equipped to deal with similar situations in the future.
"Get your interim manager - alongside doing the job that they were brought in to do - to mentor a member of your staff," he told the newspaper.
This approach was also recommended by Ian Dyson, information technology director for the Co-operative Group, who said the presence of an experienced interim manager can add to a company's knowledge base.
According to figures published by the Interim Management Association earlier this year, 32 per cent of all IMA assignments in 2009 related to leadership and project management roles.
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