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Interim managers 'require a breadth of skills'

19 March 2010

Managers will require a wide range of skills to succeed as interim executives.

This is according to Fortune magazine, which reports that the global market for temporary assignments has expanded in recent years to become "a thriving sub-industry for executives and a legitimate way to expand your skills".

However, not everyone with experience of senior management positions will be suited to a career as an interim.

Firstly, executives taking on interim positions need to be adaptable, receptive to change and willing to think on their feet, the publication explains.

This is because many jobs of this nature will involve "parachuting into a new corporate culture for a few months" - a challenging task for managers who have become accustomed to a certain environment.

The magazine recommends a mixture of consulting and operating experience for executives considering interim work.

Although such positions are temporary in nature, it is important executives commit to the task at hand, rather than viewing it as a stopgap between permanent roles.

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, interim managers who wish to make their roles permanent should make their intentions clear from an early stage.


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