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Interim Management

Updated 01 June 2017

Introduction to the topic

Introduction from WFL

Interim Management is a niche sector within the working population in the UK.  It is characterised by being non- permanent (in the generally understood way) and off-payroll (in a very modern way). It is important to see Interim Management as just a small and specialist part of the 46% of the 32m total working population of the UK who are NOT full time permanent employees on someone’s payroll. Please read about the “Self  Drive Worker” in Section 4.

In this Section of the WFL website, you can read about Interim Management – it’s definition, its positioning, how it works and how it fits in to the resourcing market. Your task is to decide on your “Professional Product”; work out how to position it, develop and sell it and to whom and how to make it work for you.

Contributor Material from Technical Topic Contributors

See where marked TTC at the end of every Section to make your Contributor comment. The real value in this Section on Interim Management – for all Readers – will doubtless come from learning from Practitioners’ experiences and knowledge – what works and what does not work – things to do and things to avoid – and have the opportunity to refer back to them.

Overview & Key Points from the Technical Topic Partner

The Lead contact here is Charles Russam.  Charles Russam is Managing Director of Working Free and led the creation of this website, liaising with a broad range of supporters and collaborators in the process.

  • Charles Russam
    Charles Russam
    Managing Director
Overview, Key Points, and Content from the Technical Topic Partner

A starter definition

Interim Management is the engagement of a senior independent Executive by an organisation for a limited and contractual period of time in a line, staff or project management role.

Read the above definition as the start point for everything you need to know/understand and react to.  It’s almost as if every word needs exploring.

  1. Read more about Definitions (Note 6.1.1)
  2. Check your Context (Note 6.1.2)
  3. An ideal business model for the Interim Manager  (Note 6.1. 3)
  4. What actually are Interim Management Providers? (Note 6.1.4)
  5. WFL’s List of primary Interim Management Providers (Note 6.1.5)
  6. The Interim Management Market – and Research  (Note 6.1.6)
  7. Business Planning & Strategy(Note 6.1.7)
  8. Marketing(Note 6.1.8)
  9. Selling and Networking –  (Note 6.1.9)
  10. Accounting & Financial and Personal Financial Management(See separate Technical Topics Section)

“My task is to chair the everyday processes of managing this section of the Working Free website.  This includes helping to develop the content of this section on the WFL website,  overseeing all the Contributed Material that comes in, working with WFL to decide how best to handle it and, importantly, answering any queries that you might have  – which, in some cases, might mean referring back to WFL.”

  • Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Interim Manager, it is important that you acquire a broad and a sufficiently detailed understanding of Interim Management, keep it all up to date and be able to relate it to your own professional Practice – and beyond – and fit it in to your personal business and lifestyle aspirations.
  • WFL also organises individual and group face to face meetings for aspiring and established Interim Managers.  These tend to be adhoc responses to demand – in different places and of different sizes and broadly following pre-arranged Agendas and all tend to be priced differently.
  • More info from [email protected]     This website offers many opportunities to email us – through the TTC facility. Additionally, you can always email us directly.
Recommended Read
Phil Doggett - The Secrets of Interim Management

Phil Doggett’s new book “The Secrets of Interim Management

There are – and have been over the years – a number of books written about Interim Management – here’s probably the latest.  It’s well worth reading. To read it, you’ll need to buy it from Amazon – see below.

We think that Phil Doggett is typical of what is best about a successful Interim Manager– and he wrote this book when he “retired”  (in italics advisedly!) Other things may well have worked equally as well, but here he describes what has worked for him.

This is what Phil has to say about his book:- “The Secrets of Interim Management”, a new and unique handbook, has just been published. As the first of its kind, it is an invaluable guide for:

  • Aspiring interim managers
  • Interims just starting out
  • Established interim managers

It also gives valuable insight to those organisations considering using interim managers and those working in the interim industry.

The book is based on personal experience from a thirty-year career as an independent interim, covering over 40 separate assignments. It has three sections:

  • What interim management is about
  • How interim management works in practice
  • The Secrets of Interim Management

The book reveals:

  • The “50 Secrets of Interim Management”
  • The “ Essential Interim Assignment Criteria”
  •  The “10 Interim Daily Commandments”

The book is available now on Amazon. Follow this link: www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Interim-Management-Handbook/dp/1527210987

Phil Doggett would be pleased to receive any comments or questions that you might have on [email protected]

Relevant Websites

Relevant Websites to look at – and mentioned in this Section:-

  • REC.uk.com: The Recruitment & Employment Confederation – the de facto professional association of the recruitment Industry in the UK
  • InterimManagement.uk.com: The Interim Management Association – The professional association of the UK Interim Management industry and part of REC
  • iim.org.uk: The Institute of Interim Managers – The professional association of individual Interim Managers
  • Interim-Hub.com: The Interim hub – a source of info about Interim Management
  • apm.org.uk: The Association of Project Management  – one of the two UK membership organisations in the UK With 22k individual members and 590 corporate members
  • pmi.org.uk: The Project Management Institute  – one of the two UK membership organisations in the UK – this one being the UK arm of US global parent.  PMI has 3k UK members, mainly corporate
  • iconsulting.org.uk: The Institute of Management Consultants  – and part of the Institute of Management – see below
  • mca.org.uk: The Association of Management Consultancies – the UK professional body for management consulting firms
  • managers.org.uk: The Institute of Management – large, long established and well-known – but concerned with employees.  But certainly worth a look.
  • IPSE.co.uk: The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed is the largest association of independent professionals in the EU. With 68k members, IPSE is a not-for-profit organisation owned and run by its members. It was previously known as The Professional Contractors Group, focusing on IT Contractors, still the bedrock of its membership

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Charles Russam
Managing Director

Charles Russam is the Founder and Associate Director of www.Russam-GMS.co.uk  which he chaired from 1982 until 2014. Russam GMS is the longest established Interim Management Provider in the UK and has a complementary and growing Search Practice which includes a specialist Practice for NED Search and also the Not for Profit/ Charity Sector and also has an international capability through www.WILgroup.net.

Charles founded the Interim Management Association in 1987 – www.InterimManagement.uk.com .

He also set up www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk , the successor organisation to the Devonshire House Management Club.  DHN is a people-focused membership club for Director-level professionals in leadership roles who have an instinctive focus on the human side of enterprise. DHN Members have a serious interest in all aspects of people at work and how people can flourish within whatever and wherever the work environment and context may be. Please see www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk

“In a sense, this website is a bit of a personal odyssey in that, after the past thirty five years in the Interim Management business, I am still having weekly conversations with senior executives looking to do Interim Management – or something similar – and not knowing where to start – or where the start actually is. So – writing it all down for the benefit of all others planning or embarking on a later-life, independently working lifestyle  – and collaborating with anyone with anything useful to say – seemed a sensible thing to do!”

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