Diana Rene Middleton
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Washington DC, USA
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I have played many roles over the years: United States Marine, journalist, public relations professional, stay-at-home mom, educator, and a few more to boot. Currently, I am a certified project manager for a non-profit organization. I finally found a profession that combines all my previous experience into one perfect fit and I’m thriving in this role.
What is your project management super power?
My emotional intelligence. Because I have worked in varying types of backgrounds, from US government to elementary education, I have the ability to recognize the needs of those around me and empathize with their situation. This allows me to better understand why decisions are made and approach people in a way they can relate to.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I currently work with some very talented project management professionals. Gender diversity in project management can be improved by recognizing that every person, regardless of who they are, can provide insight and play a key role in the success of a project. We should be looking at each individual’s strengths (and weaknesses) and matching appropriately for a solid successful team.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
As the profession evolves, people skills will never go out of style. However, the need to adapt to emerging technologies will play a major role in our future success. Whether its a project management collaborative platform or a new, innovative methodology, there’s always room for knowledge and growth.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
The way I recover from a difficult situation is simple. 1) I don’t beat myself up too much about it. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to criticism. 2) I recognize what I could have done differently and learn from my mistake. 3) I have the right attitude moving forward. I try to approach each day with a positive mindset.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
We are not robots. We don’t just work, work, work without thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I try to remember that in every conflict, there’s a real person behind the issue. Just recognizing this, puts the conflict in perspective. By encouraging active listening, we are opening up the possibilities to conflict resolution.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Living the dream.
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