Which Wizard of Oz character are you?
It’s nearly Christmas and I’m looking forward to curling up on the sofa with the kids, some post-lunch chocolates and the annual traditional viewing of The Wizard of Oz.
… which got me thinking about the characters: the Scarecrow who asks Oz for a brain; the Tin Man with his desire for a heart and my favourite, the cowardly Lion who wishes he had more courage. Of course, they all already have these characteristics in spades, but don’t realise until they begin their journey and find the (spoiler alert) bogus Oz.
Our interims need a bit of all of these characters when embarking on an assignment. They need the emotional wherewithal to understand how to influence the decision makers; the courage to stand by their convictions when facing adversity and the intelligence to know which of their tried and tested experiences they should bring to bear on any given situation.
But they also need a large dollop of Dorothy – the vision and ambition to take the team on the journey and the resilience to deal with those pesky flying monkeys.
I’m lucky enough to work with clever, kind and courageous people at VMA and I have enormous respect for the professionals who have made a career out of interim management. They have to adapt to new situations, demonstrate their value quickly and make tough decisions – and the good ones make it seem so effortless.
If you think you have what it takes and are looking for a new challenge in 2014, please get in touch. In the meantime I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.
By Vicki Jay
Head of Interim Management Practice
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