Alana M. Hill
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Houston, TX, USA
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Alana is an international change leadership consultant and speaker. She began her career as a field engineer for global oilfield technology company Schlumberger. While with the organization, she led numerous technical and talent development initiatives. Since founding her consultancy in 2006, Alana has been providing project management and talent development expertise to a broad range of industries. Alana holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and she has researched and applied behavioral science models to help develop resilient change leaders.
What is your project management super power?
I have found the secret to balancing IQ and EQ. Leading with a combination of excellent processes and empowered people.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
By establishing and encouraging mentoring for women project managers so that those newer to the profession can learn from those who are more “seasoned”.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
The ability to work effectively with people from varying backgrounds. Organizations and project teams reflect the diversity of the world and as leaders we need to navigate that well. That’s cultural, gender, regional, and personality diversity. Finding creative ways to collaborate with ANYONE.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Capture and analyze my lessons learned. Knowing that I was able to grow from the difficult reminds me that it had a purpose, and I leverage that.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
1-Listen a lot! I’m talkative by nature, but I’ve learned to listen more and truly hear the other person. Empathic listening is the key to conflict resolution.
2-Remembering that not everyone thinks or feels like you do. Accepting the difference in thought and approach is important.
3-Focus on the relationship (actually that’s #1).
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
People, improvement, creativity
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