On my last day of a recent interim management engagement, my client team members escorted me to a wall in their office where they’d posted reminders of the work we had accomplished together. During the course of my interim assignment, this team and I had spent many hours developing strategy, designing workflows, and creating policy—in other words, implementing change. My team expressed their appreciation for my influence and vowed to return to this wall often to consider the question “What would Luanne do?” Although I would no longer be with them, they wanted to remember and sustain the change we had effected.
Organizations increasingly acknowledge that recruiting an interim manager is one of the most flexible, immediate, and effective resourcing solutions for access to top talent while they search for permanent leadership. An interim manager is an experienced executive resource who is engaged on a temporary basis and may be called on to assist an organization with building infrastructure, implementing change necessary for improved performance, restructuring an organization, or overseeing a critical project.
However, not all interim managers are considered equal. For healthcare organizations and medical networks, here are a few things you should expect from the best interim managers—those executives who have a proven track record of improving performance and driving positive, lasting change for their clients.