How Interim Executives Can Impact Your Company

Interim executives provide expert management

Interim executives enter companies when senior level executives are no longer able to fulfill their roles. The exiting executive may be ill or deceased, or may have left the position by choice or by dismissal. While the company takes its time finding a permanent replacement, an interim executive takes the helm.

Interim executives are experienced decision makers who are skilled at making the best choices for a company in flux. Companies seek them out when they need stability and positivity in the midst of change.

SMW’s executives consult and advise, providing expert management on a part-time basis. Their vast network is comprised of thousands of executives offering a diverse portfolio of skills. SMW’s services fulfill needs in all management disciplines in order to customize interim executive solutions that fit their clients’ needs.

The interim executives lifestyle

While interim management work is temporary by nature, executives often find that they are able to transition into long-term work. This happens when both parties find that the executive is a good match for the company. When the agreement remains temporary, the interim manager can still make an immediate and lasting impact. The changes they make become sustainable when they leave behind tools for the remaining team as it transitions under new, permanent leadership. They also develop an effective exit strategy in order to maintain continuity as the company continues its operations.

The life-work balance is a point of great benefit for an interim executive. This is especially true for those with families. Interim jobs allow flexibility for spending time at home while working in a dynamic professional environment.

The impact of interim executives on today’s businesses

The power of hiring an interim executive in order to maintain a productive company culture cannot be overstated. In difficult transitions, employee morale can drop as leadership dissolves. Interim executives provide stability and support in these critical times.

The interim executive is trained to understand and reassert a company’s objectives. From an outsider’s perspective, the interim simplifies the core messages for employees: Who are they? What is their purpose? What is their value? Interim executives infuse a spirit of renewal. They approach their tasks without biases about the company or product. They do not play favorites or engage in political gamesmanship. Instead, SMW executives enter the job with the singular goal of providing strategies and advice that work in the short and long term.

Interim executives lead and empower

Interim executives skillfully provide learning tools for team building and empowerment. They are in a position to base decisions on immediate need, rather than personal agendas or egos. They step in and begin the team-building process while making critical decisions and delegating tasks to properly authorized personnel. Sometimes failure is part of the beginning stages. However, when these failures come about, the SMW executive is adept at building solutions.

Interim executives create a decision-making space for the key players in a business. When they enter a new role, they quickly assess how well the company serves its customers. This new perspective they bring allows them key insights into how best to serve clients and empower employees.

Success breeds success. This idea catches on throughout all levels of a company. Interim executives thrive on leveraging their backgrounds so that their expertise serves a company as it grows. SMW learns about their executives and recommends them for many functions in multiple regions, always finding the best fit for what companies need.

All told, interim executives are professionals who value flexibility in their lives. They seek to excel where they work while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Interim executives enjoy the challenges that come with varied work environments. They also take pride in sharing their executive experience with the diverse global landscape of today’s business world.

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Javier Moreno & Dirk Kremer

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