What do you like about Interim Management?
Interim management guarantees you variety in assignments and working environments. This variety, combined with shorter contracts than full-time employees, expands my range of experiences and, by extension, my skills. It feels like having a career in double time.
What are the advantages and drawbacks of this profession?
First, interim managers are immersed in the company. We are fully operational, unlike consultants. We are not really restricted by jockeying for influence inside the companies where we work because we are focused solely on successfully completing our assignment and not on advancing our own career with the company. This is a major difference that gives us more freedom to speak to the CEO, who listens to us in a different way.
The drawbacks are more personal and related to the geographic requirements of assignments or the lag between assignments.
How do you describe your job to your friends and family?
I help companies that need a certain kind of expertise for a specific time frame. There are two advantages for the company: it gains flexibility because it is not limited by labor and payroll laws and it can access a skill set that it needs now, but not necessarily all the time.
What do you like about Reactive Executive?
The name itself says it all. The agency works closely with clients and its managers, for whom it will bend over backwards. Reactive Executive provides top-notch service that is always driven by customer satisfaction.
What qualities does it take to succeed?
The first step is to be a wholly effective expert in your field. Interim managers have to like challenges and withstand stress. The kinds of assignments we get these days are geared toward “entrepreneurs” who can take risks and step outside the box.
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