Don’t “Hit The Ground Running”

Don’t “Hit The Ground Running”

I had an interesting conversation with an extremely capable Interim Executive who said that the over used expression in Interim Management of “hitting the ground running” was in fact extremely dangerous. He went on to explain how it was essential to spend a ‘reasonable” period of time understanding the business, its people and its culture before running anywhere.

I certainly know it is a well oiled phrase but would be interested as I’m sure others would in your opinion/challenge on what the most successful approach is to that first phase on a new assignment. Is it essential to show your wares quickly, to win hearts and minds, to show a quick win or do you have an approach you would class as a gold standard to delivering confidence and value to a client in the early days.

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Nick has built a reputation over 15 years as a leading protagonist in the Interim Management industry. He has started, bought, rebranded and sold interim management businesses. He is now focusing his attention exclusively at Board and Head of Function level.


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