CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Project management is more than just a tag for me, I have grown up loving organising, scheduling and talking to anyone that will listen. So for me when I say “I am a project manager” what I really want to say is, I am working mother of two who loves everything project management related! I have been in the industry over ten years, and bounced around various industries. I live in Canterbury, UK with my family, but have worked and lived in Australia also. I love living near the seaside and have recently Marie Kondo’d my house!
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
Talking, people and more talking. Communication has always been my strong point, and as I have progressed through my career I have seen how effective good communication can be at project success. Working with stakeholders no matter what the tone, or moment is the best part of my job. Life would be very dull without all the conversations I get to have, and I wouldn’t know half as much as I do about life if it wasn’t for that aspect of the job. After this, I must be the first to admit I really love a good spreadsheet – what PM doesn’t?
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Good communication – without a doubt, this includes active listening. If you don’t talk with your project team, stakeholders etc how do you know what is going on? The next one is being very patient, being a PM is challenging. There can be some really testing moments, I was once shouted at by an angry member of the public for half an hour at a public exhibition for a wind farm the development company I worked for were proposing. It is one of many moments where I have questioned what I am doing, but it has taught me how to take a deep breath and compose for the challenges ahead. Third, and finally – kindness. I have tried the whip cracking technique, but what always got the project ahead was to show some compassion and use people’s strengths to find solutions. Not beat them down, and remove their interest in the task at hand.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
LinkedIn, People Special Interest Group through the Association of Project Management, and networking events such as my University alumni’s. The virtual world is immense, all you have to do is dive in and you can find all sort of resources, people to talk to and events to attend.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
Listened a bit more, if I had I could have achieved more positive outcomes on my projects.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Lorraine, the CEO of an organisation I once did some consultancy work with and my Mum, Bridget, the cleverest woman I know. Yes, I could put up some other well known names, but for me it is the people who had a direct input into my career either through advice or mentoring.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
Stop and listen to what that person is saying before you jump in.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Believe in yourself, you have everything you need to success. That is your first success, to trust you can do it. Second is to find a good mentor, someone who can guide you through day to day work related questions. And finally network, there are so many other women out there who are like you whatever your situation. Find them, chat to them and learn and share everything you know!
Hello amazing women of the project management world!
My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!
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