CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Bucharest, Romania
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I am the Executive Director of an IT Company in Bucharest. I have hands-on experience as project, program and portfolio manager. I have been led projects, programs and portfolios for more than sixteen years. During this time, I led many projects from simplest ones to complex and complicated ones. I have experience in different business areas such as HR, finance, controlling, inventory, accounting, etc. for companies in Manufacturing, Nuclear, Utilities, and many others. I have led strategic projects, but also customized solutions or improvements, change requests for existing systems. Some projects involved multiple partners (up to fifteen) around the world (Israel, Malta, Italy, Spain, Moldavia, etc.) and/or distributed team those members had to work together remotely to deliver the project results on time, within the approved budget and with the expected quality. Last but not least, I would like to add that I have a master degree in IT (Computer Science), a lots of certificates / credentials like PMP, PMI-ACP, PSM I, MoR Practitioner, MoP Practitioner, PMO-CP, and many others. Also I have a Diploma in Management issued by OUBS from UK.
What is your project management super power?
Time management, building a fantastic team through leadership and communication, reusing knowledge and lessons learnt.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
A good balance in gender diversity will definitely improve the project management profession. Every person is different and have complementary skills, competences and experiences. Together, united in diversity, using all the technical and soft skills in addition to the tools which are necessary to provide the expected results, we can be the best project managers ever.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Complex problem solving, critical thinking, system thinking, creativity, people management and leadership, coordinating with others and teamwork, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, service orientation, negotiation, flexibility, agility, fast adaptability and change resilience.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
- Acknowledge and feel my feelings, process the emotions without judging or rationalizing them
- Talk about it with a close friend or a professional coach/mentor
- Try to see past the hardship, prioritize self-care: meditation, workout exercise or a healthy meal, and take the necessary time to rest, to reboot the mind and body
- Consider if you’re experiencing a catastrophe or an inconvenience
- Practice acceptance and ask for help when needed
- Limit time with toxic people
- Stay grounded in the present: Practice mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation
- Call an end to the crisis and shift into a calmer and more solution-focused state of mind
- Observe the situation as an outsider, take a deep breath, relax and keep calm
- Just take action and avoid procrastination
- Remember that you are not your difficult time
- Remember that everyone heals differently
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Accept conflict. Be a calming agent. Listen actively. Analyze the conflict. Model neutral language. Separate the person from the problem. Work together. Agree to disagree. Focus on the future. Share your interests. Be creative. Be specific. Maintain confidentiality. Apply all the necessary hands-on experience including: empathy, leadership, coaching and mentoring, provide feedback on the process, keep calm and find the best solution to solve the conflict.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Diversity, continuous learning, complexity.
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