How to be a fierce project manager and take control of your career
If there is one thing you take from this podcast today, it should be the importance of taking control of your own career. Many of us leave the trajectory of our careers to be determined by our managers, but Anita Phagura is here to tell you that doing a good job is simply not enough.
Our managers likely won’t always have our careers on their minds, or even our best interests at heart. It isn’t just about turning up on time and putting in the hours but about knowing our strengths and weaknesses, celebrating our successes and being heard. It’s about being fierce.
When Anita returned to work after having a family, she struggled to find female mentors having a similar experience. That’s when she started Fierce Project Management, a networking group for women and underrepresented groups in project management. The group offers mentoring support, leadership development and helps organisations build more inclusive cultures.
In this podcast, Anita explains to Elise Stevens why being fierce simply means being your boldest, most authentic self – and why that’s more likely to get you where you want to go than being a people-pleaser.
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Anita Phagura is the founder of Fierce Project Management, a movement to empower women and underrepresented groups in project management.
Having worked as a project manager for more than a decade in male-dominated industries, mostly within railway and construction, Anita was used to being the only woman in the room. After becoming a manager, she started to notice how gender was relevant – as well as the lack of senior female role models to help navigate the path. She realised most women she spoke to in the profession had their own story of how their gender was relevant to their careers.
Fierce Project Management was formed in 2019 on the back of research collected by listening to 100 women working in projects. Recognising the value of community, Anita also created the Fierce Project Management Tribe as a networking community for project professionals.
You can connect with Anita on LinkedIn