Consultant or Interim?
Paul Phillips: I think the key difference between interim management consultancy is that interims are delivery focused. They deliver practical solutions rather than providing the sort of strategic route map to a solution.
Claire Lauder: I think if you speak to an interim manager, an interim manager will say that they do the doing as well as the consulting.
Richard: I see the first stage as being often the management consultancy piece, assessing a problem and putting together a plan. The difference comes with an interim where they are practical, they can deliver. They roll up their sleeves to deliver that outcome.
Claire Lauder: Sometimes they'll come from a consulting background. An interim manager can do the diagnostic and can write the paper, but they are probably going to be the ones that stick around and actually implement the change as well.
Simon: It's interesting because it's become more and more a gray area than a lot of merging between the two over the last few years. A lot of the interim managers that we worked with do work on consultancy basis and they work on interim basis.
Mellissa Brown: I believe that the main differences between an interim and a management consultant is that whilst both people would specialize in strategy, I feel that management consultant would also need to sell for the services to a client. By hiring an interim, it's a fully independent approach and they would be flexible to the client's needs and wishes.
Richard: An interim manager going into a situation must assess the problem in hand, put together a plan to fix it, and then roll up his or her sleeves to deliver that outcome.
Scott Hutchinson: On the whole, I believe an interim manager will go in and perform the task and they will find out what is wrong. They will work at fixing that or pushing the business forward. I think a management consultant will come in and tell you what is wrong, whether or not they will carry on and fix that problem or perform in that role is debatable.
Steve: I would say interims tend to be more delivery focused. They will probably have more experience tackling a specific problem that the client may have and may have much deeper sets of expertise.
Annaliese Rogers: A management consultancy is often brought in to do a diagnostic piece to look at and understanding across a broader range, perhaps a little bit more theoretical. Often the end result of which is a written report, an interim's end result is a problem solved.