Editorial – by Managing Director Alexander De Beir
I’m not announcing world’s greatest scoop by saying that Steve Jobs was not an easy man. Perhaps he found it difficult to make his entrepreneurial genius compatible with the traditional way of thinking of his fellow man. Perhaps he felt that his time on earth would be limited and, in his impatience, to create and innovate, he forgot to have enough understanding and patience for others. At the end of his life, he wrote a rather catchy phrase: “In other eyes, my life is the essence of success, but aside from work, I have a little joy, and in the end, wealth is just a fact of life to which I am accustomed. At this moment, lying on the bed, sick and remembering all my life, I realize that all my recognition and wealth that I have is meaningless in the face of imminent death.” This phrase made us all think and draw our attention to the finality of what we do.
Difficult people can also uplift us
Building your own career under the heavy wings of ‘a Steve Jobs’ may not be an ideal scenario for the rising generation of young talents. This new generation is in any case more outspoken and does not allow itself to be lectured to by an authoritarian, sometimes commanding boss. Still, personalities such as ‘a Steve Jobs’ should not be sidelined because of their difficult character. Perhaps they are better suited today to temporarily breathe new life into a company where inertia is becoming a creeping disease.
Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses
One of the great advantages of Interim Management, is that it allows those higher profiles to focus on their strengths (after all, that is what they are hired for) without having to spend too much time and energy working on their weaknesses.
In extreme cases, a company manager may even look for a character that deviates too much from the prevailing company culture, provided that the permanent staff is adequately briefed on this beforehand and that there is awareness that the presence of the "odd duck" is only temporary. And that the company and everyone in it can benefit from it in the longer term.
Interim Managers do not all have to be colored red, as the Bridge[ADB1] [LVdM2] Personality Test or Insights Discovery suggest. Strong-willed, performance-oriented, demanding, determined, purposeful, these typically "red" character traits can prove their worth in bringing a new dynamic to an organization. Likewise, "green", caring, patient, relationship-oriented profiles or "yellow", expressive optimists can bring a company permanently to a higher balance through their temporary presence.
In this new TIP-IM, we would like to take a closer look at how different personalities can carry out a harmonious project or result within companies, sometimes through confrontation. The Interim Manager as first violin can play a conclusive role here.