3 Ways Interim Managers Keep Themselves Accountable

Interim managers

Every organization has big dreams. The only way interim managers can realize those dreams is by keeping themselves accountable against big goals.

Big dreams come with big goals that aren’t so easy to achieve. Yet how do interim managers consistently succeed in achieving them? They keep themselves accountable.

Interim managers set smaller goals

Big goals can be overwhelming. It can sometimes feel like no matter how hard you try,  you’re still nowhere close to achieving them. The best way to keep your motivation up and stay on track is by setting micro-goals. 

Smaller goals will lead to greater progress and productivity. According to Harvard Business Review, the power of small wins has a significantly higher effect on increasing creativity, productivity, and engagement at work.

Interim managers stick to a schedule

Achieving goals is a step-by-step process. Until you complete one step, you can’t move on to the next. That’s why you need to move quickly between each in order to get to the end goal quicker. As much as people resent deadlines, it’s the only way to help you move quickly.

Effective leaders delegate as much as possible to employees according to their skills and expertise. So make use of your team and ask them to contribute by creating a schedule of tasks for you and them. Collectively, you can achieve your goals much quicker when you’re working with a timeline.

Interim managers review progress

Regularly reviewing your goals lets you monitor progress against your game plan. A quick glance at how far you’ve come can be a major motivation booster, and it can also be a good time to see if any adjustments need to be made to your plan and schedule.


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