CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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I came to Project Management later on in my career, after a few colleagues had suggested it was something I might consider. I decided to self-fund a postgraduate course with The Open University and landed my first ‘real’ job as a Analyst. I am now managing projects and starting out with programmes.
What is your project management super power?
I think I’m good at change management – if a member of a project team tells me there’s a problem, I can visualise the impact around the business.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I think the gender imbalance is not in project management but in the industries it most commonly serves – IT and Technology. That’s definitely getting better with encouraging young girls to participate in STEM activities.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
I think that we need to be adaptable – the most successful business are able to respond quickly to change and opportunity.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
When things get tough, I think it’s important to take a step back and reflect. Think about what’s gone well and not so well, and why. Always strive to be a reflective practitioner – and don’t be afraid to own mistakes.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
I think it’s important to understand that everyone has a motive behind a negative reaction and quite often, that comes from a good place – they just want what’s best for their team and for the business. When you work in a team, it can sometimes be difficult to appreciate the bigger picture.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Diverse, contribution, accountability.
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