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Interim Executives: A Smart Alternative to Traditional Executive Search

For maximum company growth and impact, you need the right leaders in the right roles doing the right work. But finding the ideal leader is more art than science—and there’s more than one way to lock in the leadership you need.

The pros and cons of traditional executive search

When seeking to fill a leadership role, most companies default to the traditional method—hiring a firm to conduct an executive search. You lay out the role description, and the firm supplies some qualified candidates. Sounds easy… until you consider the big picture.

Despite their general acceptance, traditional executive searches have several downsides:

An executive search is (at best) cumbersome, and (at worst) highly costly and detrimental to agile forward progress. Between vetting candidates, conducting interviews, checking backgrounds and making decisions, it can take months to fill an executive role. Meanwhile, critical projects aren’t getting done, vital decisions are delayed, and strategic work isn’t getting the immediate attention it deserves. That’s a big problem with potentially harmful results.

Executive search is also expensive, and there’s no guarantee that the leader you bring on board will be a good fit for your organization in the long-term. If the leader proves to be a poor fit, you have few options but to start the costly, time-consuming process all over.

A smart alternative: Interim executives

One secret weapon for many companies in Europe (and also a growing number in the US) is the use of interim and fractional/part-time executives. Here’s why an interim, fractional or project-based executive is a better option:

  • Faster: You can get interim executives in place quickly—with resumes of vetted executives often on your desk within a week. That’s significantly faster than trying to hire a full-time leader through traditional executive search.
  • Higher quality candidates: Interim executives are highly seasoned individuals with years (if not decades) of experience.
  • No long-term commitment: With an interim executive, you get assistance when you need it—and only for as long as you want it. So you can bring on an interim executive for just one project, on a seasonal basis, or for several years.
  • Less expensive: There are no job postings, no lost time by recruiters, no lagging projects sitting undone, and no need to pay 30% in benefits (on average) on top of a full-time salary. You get more bang for your buck.
  • Proven results: With an interim executive placed immediately, you get the same level of executive experience and proven results as you would from a full-time hire, but often with more laser focus, since they aren’t distracted by other aspects of a full-time position.
  • More nimble: Interim executives can be deployed immediately to address your most critical needs. And if the leader isn’t a fit, they can be swapped out quickly – keeping your company making progress and moving forward.
  • Executive test drive: By bringing in an interim, fractional/part-time or project-based executive—or even a contract-to-hire executive—you can find out if an executive is a good fit for your company.
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    Interim
    Decades of experience, ready to hit the ground running. Primed to produce results at every growth phase.
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    Part-Time/Fractional
    As-needed support, long-term or short-term. Big on action and impact, small on budget.
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    Project-Based
    Laser-focus plus niche expertise and execution skills—ideal for mission-critical initiatives.
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project-based CFOs—guaranteed to move the needle where it counts.

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