Emma Barlow Celebrating Women in Project Management

Emma Barlow Celebrating Women in Project Management

Emma Barlow


Location: Douglas, Isle of Man

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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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