CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I work with organisations who won’t settle for project failure. For over 20 years, I have successfully managed teams to delivers in benefits by reducing cost, effort, stakeholder frustration and time to market for organisations in Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Not for Profits, Government (local, State and International) and Aviation Industries. I am a Co-Author of the “Gumption Trigger” Real stories of vulnerability, grit, resilience, and determination by business women, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
See Gail’s 2019 Celebrating Women in Project Management profile.
What is your project management super power?
It’s not just my Project Management super power, it’s me as a human ‘super power’. I won’t give up. It it’s worth doing, no matter how hard or the challenges we face, I won’t give up. I will inspire my team, my friends to keep going.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Visualise the human doing the role before you even start drafting the job. Think about how the job description may present the role vs how the role really is. We all know that project management has peaks and troughs, we need to see the human behind the role and make sure all humans are recognised and feel that they are contributing.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Communication, and listening skills. We are brought in when the there is something to be changed in the business and the business either are too busy or don’t have the skills to change it. It can be confronting and quite stressful for the business, and they are humans too. The more we can listen, empathise and partner with them to deliver the change the more we will be recognised, valued and become the businesses ‘change as usual’ partner.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I go for a walk and take a big deep breath. It’s never personal. If I put myself in other’s shoes, how would I be reacting at that point in time? perhaps exactly the same!!!
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Listen first, ask why, often the real reason for the conflict isn’t what is being presented at all.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Get shit done.
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