How Interim Executives Bring Out Great Ideas From Their Employees

Interim executives don’t just help companies meet their goals. They also help them achieve sustainable growth by creating an environment that breeds and acts upon great ideas.

The fastest growing companies in the business world thrive on creativity. A dynamic environment that values and fosters great ideas help them stay one step ahead of the competition. But unlike any other resource, ideas can’t be bought. That’s why it’s important for managers to tap into the most valuable source there is – their employees.

Interim executives keep the door open

An open door policy makes employees feel comfortable around their manager. It’s also an open invitation for anybody to walk in and share suggestions or concerns they may have for the way things are run. Managers make them feel welcome by taking a genuine interest in their thoughts and ideas, and update them on any progress.

Interim executives talk to their employees

Dr. Amy Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School suggests asking your employees for meaningful ideas that can contribute to the task at hand.

“It is always possible, in fact likely, that we may be missing something,” Edmondson said. “You have to remind yourself that you’re not omniscient. Even your best ideas can be made even better by the contributions of others.”

Interim executives value errors

A business that knows its flaws is one that grows quickly. A good interim executive looks for mistakes made by the business, other managers and even themselves. Once they have identified the errors that have stumped the company’s growth up till that point, they can collaborate with their team on finding a solution that will have a lasting and sustainable impact.

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