CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton; a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and member of PMI UK and Spain Chapters, is a PMO, Project, Programme and Portfolio specialist with extensive experience in the change management industry and a particular focus on collaboration, reminding us that we should be human first and change champions second. She is involved extensively with a number of organisations; notably the Association for Project Management, Project Management Institute, Project Management Without Borders, Project Managers Against Poverty, and PM4Change. Emma-Ruth organises Wellingtone’s two flagship annual events; the FuturePMO conference and Project Management Day of Service.
What is your project management super power?
I specialise in PMO so I focus on honing my ninja skills. Many PMO teams work in the background deliver a culture of excellence so it is important to improve skills that maybe some take for granted, and others don’t even see – like influencing skills, strategic thinking, and mentoring.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I believe that the industry has come a long way since people became conscious to gender diversity issues. That being said, the ratio of genders in some industries still appears unbalanced but I do believe that this tends to be due to the nature of the industry and the experience therein. On occasion I believe it is important to take a step back and focus on the strides that have been made, rather than only focus on the perception of the imbalance.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
We now see the greatest focus moving towards people and sustainability/responsibility. With the five generation workforce hitting the economies of the world, we need to understand our peers and counterparts much better than ever before – and maybe be more tolerant. In addition, with the climate emergency that we are seeing, all of us have a responsibility to work towards a more sustainable future and industry.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Personally I use mindfulness to get me through. The reality is that we work in the most stressful time with everyone being time poor. We try to do more with less with higher expectations, so professionally, I always go back to my why. Identifying the reason for me doing the role(s) that I do, understanding the perspective of whatever is causing the stress helps to either give me a different outlook, or cement that I’m on the right path.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Most of us are not in our roles trying to do the wrong thing, so listening to all the perspectives first, then looking inwardly and comparing the two. This allows us to stay true to what we believe is genuinely the right thing to do even if it means we change course.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
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