CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, QLD
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I help organisations who won’t settle for project failure.
Gail is a Senior Portfolio, Program, Project, Risk and Governance professional with a solid IT background and over 20 years in Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Government (local, State and International), Not for Profits, Aviation industries and rail Infrastructure mega-projects.
Gail has built an excellent reputation for simplifying even the most complex challenges so that confidence is built, diverse teams ‘breathe’ together and rapid change can progress.
With an excellent reputation for strengthening stakeholder relationships Gail delivers lasting value to organisations and ensures teams are fully equipped not only to catch but to keep the change.
Gail observed a gap in training and support for Project Executives, therefore in conjunction with the Governance Institute of Australia has developed and presents a training program for Steering Committees / Project Boards and Investment Councils in Project governance and risk management.
What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:
The Project manager is essentially the conductor of the orchestra, we bring together the incredible variety & diversity of skilled individuals, who on their own can make lovely music but as a team can lift the roof of the auditorium and give the audience goose bumps while delighting management and producers.
The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:
The ability to simplify the challenge by defining the vision and bringing the team, business and stakeholders on the journey with you.
Build the team and using your emotional intelligence, put yourself in their shoes and know that nothing is ever as it seems, behaviour is a form of communication. We must support each other and work together so any early warnings can be spotted and addressed as early as possible.
Communicate, communicate, communicate. Keep your team, stakeholders and audience informed, information musty flow 2 ways, keep listening. Manage the message and you will own the perception.
I build and nurture my professional network by:
I love connecting people and get a massive buzz when I can make an introduction or provide a platform via my group ‘The G8 Ladies’ for someone to present their expertise, latest innovation or simply practise their public speaking in a safe environment.
At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:
It’s all common sense, no matter what the latest terminology about the methodology, framework, approach etc, project, program and risk management are something we all do in our every days lives.
Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:
My mum, she is an amazing mum of 3, business owner, represented her country in netball, sat on Boards of the equal opportunities commission of Northern Ireland and investment councils of Northern Ireland
Madeline Albright, who in her role as the US ambassador to the UN rallied the 6 other female ambassadors to support each other in the male dominated environment. I shaped my group “The G8 Ladies” around this support approach.
The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:
The project manager is the facilitator, the conductor. You’re not the subject matter expert even if you’ve run similar projects before. They are all different; different reasons ‘why’, different personalities and different context.
My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:
Never be afraid to ask for help, you never know who else has exactly the same question. Years of experience does not mean you know it all, I learn so much from new entrants into this profession.
Listen first to understand, you aren’t expected to know it all.
Hello amazing women of the project management world!
My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!
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