Beck Gower Celebrating Women in Project Management

Beck Gower Celebrating Women in Project Management

Beck Gower

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Brisbane, Australia

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Project Manager experienced in the successful delivery of multiple competing electrical infrastructure construction projects and change management initiatives for a Government Owned Corporation.

See Beck’s 2018 and 2019 Celebrating Women In Project Management profiles.

What is your project management super power?

Communication! Whether I’m promoting the successful delivery of a project or navigating a challenge with my project team – I make it my priority to be inclusive to anyone reading, speaking or listening.

Inclusivity is so important for achieving a positive outcome on a deliverable, the project or for the organisation. The simplest way is to ensure that your teams feel invested, and confident in their place in the team through candid and collaborative communications (owned and led by the Project Manager).

For our wider stakeholders and customers, providing a transparent and easy to understand view of the project outcomes are always met with a genuine appreciation and encourage a wide range of thought provoking responses!

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Mentoring, mentoring and more mentoring! I have had the privilege of mentoring a fantastic candidate through the program established by NAWIC this financial year. The benefits these programs provide for their members is invaluable in terms of building up confidence and experience in other women in this industry and discipline.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Now and into the future, a Project Manager’s curiosity and an appetite for learning will guide success in the future. As the world continues to grow closer through globalisation and technological development, the Project Manager of the future will be applying an incredible depth of knowledge of their projects in its relevant environment.

Fostering a collaborative environment, being communicative and anticipating the project and the client’s needs will provide a clear frame of reference for a Project Manager who is sought after for their highly valued operational approach and expertise.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

Lots and lots of personal reflection, retrospective analysis and documenting my learnings through journaling.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Every situation is unique, what worked for one occasion may not have the same application in another however, listening carefully and being empathetic are very successful techniques for a broad range of conflict.

Never promise something that you don’t know can certainly be delivered. In a situation of conflict, making short term or hollow promises for the sake of achieving an objective can cause irreparable damage.

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Innovation, people and learning!

 

 

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