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Interim roles 'can become permanent'

11 February 2010

Many interim executives specialise in temporary assignments and relish the prospect of a fresh challenge, but there is also scope for short-term roles to become permanent in many organisations.

This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which claims that the majority of companies are prepared to install a successful interim manager in a full-time role, depending on the circumstances.

New York-based management consultant John Beeson told the publication that interims targeting a permanent stay must convince their employer that replacing them with a new executive would be too much of a risk.

For this reason, bringing new ideas to the table during a spell as an interim manager is often crucial for long-term jobs prospects.

The newspaper cited the example of Mark Moran, who became chief executive and president of a medical centre in Cleveland, Ohio, after working as the organisation's interim head.

With the support of the board, Mr Moran demonstrated his credentials for the permanent role by overhauling the hospital's reimbursement system and launching a centre for uninsured patients.

Last month, management expert David Moore told the newspaper that good people skills are essential for success in the interim sector.

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