CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Project Manager with over five (5) years experience in successfully delivering multiple competing electrical construction projects. Comprehensive coordination of multidisciplinary project teams including primary and secondary systems design, network operators, engineering support and constructors. Extensive commercial contract management skills with a detailed understanding of operational business processes and contract law. My well established and diverse professional network leverages the ability to implement innovative methodologies in project management.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
Making sure my teams feel valued and their contributions are celebrated.
I strive to personally promote the brand that is project management throughout my organisation, and establishing that we are here to facilitate any outcome that the business requires.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
Strong communication – without the face to face interface with my teams, none of my projects could be successful. My teams are the ones who deliver what I facilitate and they have extreme value in their own success. I am constantly recognising their efforts.
Integration – there are many parts to any project, and it is key that no significant decisions are made in a vacuum. Success starts from concept, and the correct input is essential.
Quality management – to avoid creep or wasting anyone’s time, I make sure that issues and opportunities are addressed without hours (not days or weeks).
I build and nurture my professional network by:
Acting with integrity and transparency. There’s nothing else to be said. Ask for what you need, respond with delivery of exactly that outcome.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
Never fear failure. To fail means that you attempted something and it didn’t work, but there are so many ways to achieve success. Failing means you’re that much closer to succeeding.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
Elise Stevens (obviously), she always wants to make me feel like I can do better and achieve my goals. Women like Hon Julia Bishop, Jacinda Ardern, Cate Blanchett – all strong women who use their voice and their capacity to overcome any opposition steadily and with dignity.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
It was about “imposter syndrome” – where you have doubts inside yourself.
The key advice was that even though you might doubt your decision or your placement in the world of project management – you were specifically hired to perform and make the seemingly impossible a possibility. Stay strong and know that even when things go awry, you will succeed and people will go home safe and be with their families as a result of what you facilitated and drove for them.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Don’t fear yourself in terms of failure. Don’t fear success in your role, either.
Understand your client’s needs, but understand your team’s needs above all else. In my line of work, safety and health is everything. Make yourself very visible to your team and listen to them. It might seem a small request to you, but when you deliver on that request – it makes somebody feel validated and committed. Your people are your success in any project management environment.
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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