Inge Brown Celebrating Women in Project Management

Inge Brown  Celebrating Women in Project Management

Inge Brown

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES

Location: Sydney, Australia

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Bio:

An astute executive with over 30 years Australian and global experience. Inge passionately believes organisations can rapidly grow their business by evolving and solidifying the business operational platform, to achieve sustainable outcomes and benefits through a persistent and respectful focus on embedding the way people work and service the customer.

Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?

Diversity of work, the value and purpose of change.

What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?

Enabling organisations achieve their business outcomes and to see and understand the value of change – with minimal post go-live damage – and that success is more than delivering on time and on budget. Being the voice of reason, when the labyrinth of change complexity hits home, and reminding all, we are dealing with people (employees & customers) and not widgets. The fine balance between desired $$ outcome, versus the impact on people…

Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?

Women are adaptive, resilient, and have heart when leading change. We know to how to focus on human impact, can readily change course. We are naturally effective communicators – we engage people, we work with people. We motivate, innovate, and are adept in creative problem solving. We like sharing our knowledge, make time for people, we are open to differing opinions and points of view. We collaborate. We embrace change.

How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?

Be authentic (we are great listeners & learners) and embrace our female characteristics. Hold the course when the going gets tough – calling out poor behaviour & performance. Leveraging our innate ability to communicate – up and down the line. Help the business translate strategic and change alignment, and interpret what it means for their people day-to-day. Never lose sight of how change impacts peoples personal & professional lives. It is more than the $$.

What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?

Unconscious bias. Intimidation. Over-talking in forums (she said…), talk to the hand. Ageism (manifests through $ discussion). Boys Club mentality – traditional mindset. Definition of influence vs effective engagement and leadership. Inability of some leaders, to embrace diversity of thought.

What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?

A willingness to openly share our learnings and what we know works well…enabling others to outperform.

Any other comments about Women in Project Management?

General observation based on past few years: project management as a profession is being denigrated with its value eroded by business leaders who are adopting the view their Run the Business leaders can and should lead and deliver change. They no longer require Project and/or Change Management experts. Decision is influenced by the need to deliver change on a shoe-string budget. Less care and appreciation of risk ($ and people impact) associated with ineffective delivery and execution.

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To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.

Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.

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  1. Submit your own profile as a PM to be shared and celebrated online!
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