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Interim managers 'must make quick decisions'

27 September 2010

The ability to make important decisions quickly is an essential part of being a good interim manager.

This is according to a report from the Financial Times, which noted that an unofficial definition of what makes interim executives successful has emerged within the sector in recent years.

Among the key attributes identified by the newspaper is the ability to hit the ground running, work at speed and demonstrate progress within a short space of time.

Damon Lawrenson, an experienced public sector interim manager, told the publication: "You have got to make it happen and do it now.

"There is a sense of urgency that is not there with the permanent workforce."

According to the Interim Management Association, effective interims also require good people skills, tenacity and "a background of progressive achievement" at a high level that is likely to take in several different companies.

Figures published by the IMA last week revealed that the number of interim appointments across the public and private sectors increased by nine per cent during the first two quarters of 2010.

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Categories: Public Sector


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