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Successful interims 'need good people skills'

28 January 2010

The ability to work well with people is an essential skill for interim managers, it has been claimed.

David Moore, a manager who began working as an interim after leaving his job at the multinational mining group Anglo American nine years ago, told the Wall Street Journal that the position demands an ability to interact with individuals from the start of an assignment.

This is because the nature of the job means that interim managers will usually become acquainted with other employees for a short period of time only, he explained.

Mr Moore also said that interim managers know they have been successful when the organisation that hired them no longer requires their services.

"Normally if I have done the job, they need a different animal than me," he told the newspaper.

"I should make the role so easy for somebody to come in and do it as a routine job."

Last month, chairman of the Interim Management Association Paul Botting told Recruiter that a growing number of executives are viewing interim management as a "dynamic and rewarding sector".

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