Moreover, the legal interim manager has multiple schedules: that of ongoing missions, that of the prospective law firm and that of his or her various professional activities (training courses, clubs, etc.) This is one of the elements that distinguish the legal interim manager from a company lawyer.
It is quite normal for the legal interim manager to organise his/her schedules to best meet various agendas (provided, of course, his/her missions are not affected). Therefore, the customer must accept some flexibility: a hearing, a lunch or a meeting may occasionally have to fit into a day that was initially reserved for the current mission.
To best manage these short absences, I advise legal interim managers to share their calendars with colleagues. For convenience, the agenda will be conveniently shared with the assistant of the department, who then will always advise people looking to know what time you'll be back.
In this regard, for one of the clients of Legalia, we have established the rule that the consultant, if possible, will indicate periods of absence at least 15 days in advance, in a shared agenda with the overall legal service.
This allows the client, who may be concerned about such occasional absences, to provide for meetings and plan work optimally.
As you will see in practice, this principle is really not complicated to carry out and brings a lot of fluidity and serenity during the execution of a mission of legal interim management.
So, when you are on a mission: Share your calendar!