The temporary manager

They can provide a quick fix to a big problem, but they come with flaws
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2007

A few months ago, the CEO of a small coaching firm in Vancouver found he was no longer able to handle all the marketing tasks of his firm. Instead of hiring a permanent manager of marketing, he decided to hire an interim marketing manager.

“I needed someone to assist me as soon as possible,” said Tom Abbot, CEO and founder of BusyBodies Coaching. “You can go through a lengthy recruitment process, where you’re doing all the checks and balances and going through a ton of candidates and coming up with a really clear job description and everyone wants to work together for 10, 15 years. But sometimes, especially with a small business, you’re just trying to get through the month — there are some things that just need to get done.”

On a larger scale, interim managers are professionals with expertise in specific disciplines and industries, who have chosen to do contract work instead of continuing on with full-time employment. Interim managers are able to fill a wide variety of senior positions ranging from senior manager to executive. They come from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and can be generalists or specialists.