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Rise of the Gig Leaders:
Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations
by Neil Grant
Interim leaders are becoming essential change agents for organizations in today’s gig economy. To propel their companies forward, human resource professionals, change management specialists, project managers, and all business executives must understand and make use of this changing talent economy. Neil Grant’s Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital in Today’s Organizations provides this understanding.
Grant, himself an interim leader for almost two decades, provides a detailed analysis of the DNA of interim leaders–what defines them and how they add value. Rise of the Gig Leaders is rich in case studies, testimonials, and examples of how interim leadership has made a difference in many organizations. With this knowledge, business leaders and prospective interim leaders will have confidence choosing this as a viable leadership strategy.
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An expert examines the role of interim leaders as an important part of business strategy.
In this debut book, Grant draws on both research and case studies based on his own professional experience working with a variety of companies to make the case for the value of interim executives, or “gig leaders.” The author distinguishes between these interims and acting or consultant executives, seeing the former as high-level workers with specific skills who are hired under short-term contracts to accomplish certain corporate goals, a highly paid professional tier of the broader gig economy. The volume guides readers through evaluating the need for interims using Grant’s copyrighted SCILL model, which describes the five “attributes” of these executives (Savvy, Critical, Impact, Leadership, Legacy). And the author shows how to assess those leaders through GREAT (Gravitas, Resilience, Engagement, Attitude, Transformational) competencies. While the book largely discusses these roles in general terms (“An interim makes the most impact, however, when intentionally hired to deliver specific results that require a leader with experience and dynamism”), case studies offer more concrete examples of the positive use of interims, from refreshing a company’s technology infrastructure to implementing turnaround plans without the complications of long-term employee politics. Grant is clearly experienced and knowledgeable and makes a compelling argument in favor of employing this short-term workforce to execute clearly defined goals. The title’s intended audience is corporate decision-makers who will hire interim leaders. Although readers looking to follow this career path will read glowing descriptions of interims (“An interim has battle scars from crisis management and like a first-responder in a disaster zone, is objective, decisive, and has emotional stability shaped from years of being in the front line”), they will not find guidance on pursuing this road. But for its target audience, the volume is a useful tool for appraising the need for interims and establishing a framework for their success. Although recent research suggests that gig employment is less widespread than previously thought, the author presents a context in which it can be fruitful for both employers and employees.
A thorough and coherent discussion of how companies can make effective use of interim executives as part of the broader gig economy.
Starts at the beginning and outlines everything everyone needs to know.Neil tackles the concept of an interim leader from the beginning and explains why it’s necessary in today’s corporate climate. Showing the value to corporations as well as executives, he covers all the topics that both parties need to know in implementing this approach to leadership. The book is easy to read, diligently researched, and leaves the reader fully aware of their next steps in this area. Executives and companies should read this book to understand where the future of leadership is heading and how they can fully utilize this model.
A new shift in the business leadership model.Grant brings a wealth of international experience to bear on an outline for a concise, step by step approach of the selection process for interim leaders and why this will be a profitable exercise for both businesses and Gig Leaders. Based on the SCILL assessment tool, Neil Grant demonstrates how Gig Leaders can be successful in helping business move away from the traditional employment paradigm into the new world of end- product development.