Markets are changing faster than ever before and the constant word is disruption – things are continually changing as business and markets evolve. Organisations need the skills to be flexible and to adapt and respond. One of the leading sources of demand for Interim Managers is programme and project management in delivering that change. In addition, by using Interim Managers rather than management consultants or inexperienced internal resources, clients have a greater control over outcomes, cost, retaining IP and reduction of risk.
With consultants, a business generally hosts a small group of “experts” (under the supervision of an external partner) to work on a specific issue or project. Often a project plan is handed over but not necessarily an implementation plan. Interim Managers on the other hand are experienced executives with a background in strategizing outcomes and implementing plans to deliver on those required outcomes. They have the skills to deal with ambiguity, in fact thrive on it, are integrated into the team as a temporary management role and have authority and budget responsibility. Our Interim Managers mix their operational responsibilities with a consultative mindset. They keep the big picture in mind yet can focus on improvement opportunities.
Invariably we are dealing with projects that are activities that sit outside “business as usual” yet have a clearly defined scope, budget and timelines. It is also often a case when there are multiple projects that meet a specific business objective yet encompass elements of “business as usual” . An example may be a major business transformation of which a payroll project may form part.
Organisations can often underestimate the scale and complexity of a major project and the risks of failure. A skilled external resource with the commensurate background and experience can avoid what otherwise could turn out to be very costly, not only in financial terms but also to reputation. It is important to recognise that managing large projects such as transformations or implementing new initiatives is a full time job. Overlaying the project management duties on top of management’s existing duties can end in tears.
Most organisations do not have the requirement for frequent major changes and hence lack the necessary skills to deliver the required outcome, or, having rationalised their staff, simply do not have the necessary management bandwidth. Interim Managers give organisations the opportunity to:
• Maintain greater control
• Retain intellectual property
• Reduce cost
• Manage risk
Conari Interim Solutions have a broad range of executives available to help you achieve the outcomes you require on a cost effective basis.