Antje Lehmann-Benz Celebrating Women in Project Management

Antje Lehmann-Benz Celebrating Women in Project Management

Antje Lehmann-Benz

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Munich, Germany

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Bio:

Former journalist and IT project manager turned trainer and coach. Passionate about helping people advance their careers, gain certification and manage their projects better.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

No day is like the other! Always new challenges.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

-Communication, soft skills, team building
-Business skills
-Adaptive planning and situational awareness

I build and nurture my professional network by:

-Trying to connect people I think would be interested in knowing each other
-Sharing inspirational (but preferably not cheesy) content

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

There is no need to be scared of other people – they all cook with water, as we say in Germany.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Sheryl Sandberg
Michelle Obama
Christine LaGarde
Angela Merkel
Michelle Alexis
So many more

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

The other day, I was a bit frustrated when my daughters said they wanted to spend more time with me. Because I feel that I do make a continuous effort to make time for them besides my work. So I asked my mother “why is it that it’s never enough what I do? Am I doing it all wrong?” She said “If you did, they wouldn’t want to spend more time with you, but instead, they’d be glad when you’re gone.” That was just a couple of weeks ago, but it’s sticking with me now, probably forever. I love that she said this. A lot of working mom guilt just flew away. I hope my daughters will be able to strive for their ambitions as well later in life without that guilt weighing them down.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

There will be a lot of men trying to keep you down. Refusing even to see you as a project manager or, in fact, any type of manager. Refusing by all means to admit they’re wrong and you’re right in some of their disagreements with you. Please know that a lot of their arrogance goes back to their own insecurities!
They won’t open up to you about them – maybe to other people they trust, but not to people by whose mere existence they feel threatened, like you. It helps to visualize what they might say when they open up to others. Even top leaders have weaknesses and insecurities, and lots of them. We all have them, and it’s ok. This thinking helps me immensely when it comes to not letting such behavior get to me too much. Maybe it helps you too.

GET INVOLVED

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!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.

 

 

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