On-call boss

On-call boss

Interim Managers – on-call bosses. 

To work as an interim manager, a person needs to have extensive experience as a managing director, or in a similar position of responsibility. In addition to the more technical knowledge required to work as a manager, you also need the complete spectrum of soft skill. Patience, empathy, as well as highly developed communication skills are just some of vital skills that a temporary project leader or managing director needs to have.

“Interim managers are often considered a sort of knight in shiny armour, and we need to justify this impression right from the very first day”. You need to come in and show leadership, work in a target-oriented manner and exude motivation, and you need to show the members of your team what’s what.

There is no one path to train as an interim manager in the classical sense. Ideally, the interim manager has already held several managerial positions in different companies and could gather experience in the field. Someone who just graduated from university has very little chance of success as an interim manager.

The work is usually done independently, often in cooperation with specialised consultancy firms who broker assignments to interim managers. It is also completely possible that you would have weeks or even months at a time without an assignment and be forced to find a way to somehow make ends meet.

In addition to the immense responsibility which an interim manager takes on, the long and demanding working days of ten hours or even more each day are often mentioned as some of the drawbacks of this profession. At the same time, many temporary managers enjoy the high level of responsibility given to them. The diversity of the tasks and the chance to work with different people in the managed teams are also a major draw for many interim managers. “After one project is completed and done, I have no idea what tomorrow may bring. This makes my job all the more interesting and exciting!”

Interim managers – on-call bosses. 

To work as an interim manager, a person needs to have extensive experience as a managing director, or in a similar position of responsibility. In addition to the more technical knowledge required to work as a manager, you also need the complete spectrum of soft skill. Patience, empathy, as well as highly developed communication skills are just some of vital skills that a temporary project leader or managing director needs to have.

“Interim managers are often considered a sort of knight in shiny armour, and we need to justify this impression right from the very first day”. You need to come in and show leadership, work in a target-oriented manner and exude motivation, and you need to show the members of your team what’s what.

There is no one path to train as an interim manager in the classical sense. Ideally, the interim manager has already held several managerial positions in different companies and could gather experience in the field. Someone who just graduated from university has very little chance of success as an interim manager.

The work is usually done independently, often in cooperation with specialised consultancy firms who broker assignments to interim managers. It is also completely possible that you would have weeks or even months at a time without an assignment and be forced to find a way to somehow make ends meet.

In addition to the immense responsibility which an interim manager takes on, the long and demanding working days of ten hours or even more each day are often mentioned as some of the drawbacks of this profession. At the same time, many temporary managers enjoy the high level of responsibility given to them. The diversity of the tasks and the chance to work with different people in the managed teams are also a major draw for many interim managers. “After one project is completed and done, I have no idea what tomorrow may bring. This makes my job all the more interesting and exciting!”