The Every Day Reality of the Professional Interim – Part 1

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Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

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A. PREAMBLE

Do you remember what you were doing when the Berlin Wall came down?

This week, I announced my retirement, after more than twenty years  as an independent executive and consultant and have been getting good wishes from friends and colleagues but it has also been a week for personal reflection.

 Returning to the Berlin wall, well when it fell in 1989,  I was working in Liverpool as  Interim Finance Director for Stoves plc, a high risk manufacturing turnaround, financed by private equity. I was approached by Nigel Corby, then with PE Imbucon, an early interim intermediary,  interviewed by the Stoves’ Chief Executive the next day and started the following Monday – three works days from initial client contact to Nigel to my hitting the ground running in Liverpool! Over the next ten years, Stoves became an amazing success and called me back many times, both…

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How to Reinvent Yourself After 50 – Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review

dralfoldman:

This one of my most popular early blogs

Originally posted on Dr Alf's Blog:

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If you’re over fifty, or indeed or forty, this is a brilliant, MUST READ article, from the Harvard Business Review.

via How to Reinvent Yourself After 50 – Dorie Clark – Harvard Business Review.

Personally, over my long career, I have re-invented myself many times. Timing is everything. The trick is to catch the wave early and not just become another “me too!”

Many “over fifties” feel that they can turn their hand to interim management but as I have often indicated on this blog, that’s probably unrealistic. For some of of my most popular blogs on interim management open this link.

Personally, I have little time for redundant executives who feel that they can try interim management for a bit until a real job comes along. These people are deluded and potentially crowding an already commodity-driven market place…

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