CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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My name is Kylie Stephan. I am a trainer, consultant and coach in the project management industry. I specialise in helping Project Managers and organisations achieve excellence in project outcomes.
For the last 10 years I have been a Project Manager for one of Australia’s largest Commonwealth Agencies. During that time, I have managed millions of dollars of projects. I know firsthand the challenges that Project Managers and organisations face.
We work in challenging times. The rate of change is rapid and resource constraints are commonplace. Despite these challenges, organisations must deliver outstanding outcomes to survive.
Project Managers need specific skills and strategies to overcome the challenges of;
- Doing more with less
- Remaining productive in times of increasing expectations; and
- Managing competing priorities.
To solve these problems, I provide Project Management training and mentoring services.
Project Management is my passion.
Before the age of 30, I had delivered millions of dollars in projects. I had built my reputation as the high-achiever. But to do that I had to find a way to work smarter not harder. And so I developed tools and systems to help me. Now I am on a mission to share these systems with others.
I want to help Project Managers deliver outstanding projects, on time and on budget. And in doing so, support Australian organisations to deliver on their strategic objectives and delight their stakeholders.
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
Projects are what drive Australia and its organisations forward. Working in project management we have a real opportunity to make a difference – no matter the size of the project. We can then see the difference we have made. The ability to see the tangible outcomes and benefits of the projects I have managed is what I enjoy most about the field.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Launching a 100 year old organisation on LinkedIn when the site was still new and shiny for leading private sector organisations Managing multi-million dollar fit out projects to achieve successful outcomes, despite often being brought in late in the piece and having to get a project back on the rails!
Learning to work smarter, not harder, to achieve outstanding project results … and avoid the inevitable burn-out that comes with many Project Manager roles.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
Project management is a fulfilling, rewarding and results focused industry. Key to the success of any Project Manager is relationships, communication and balancing competing priorities. Women are experts at these three areas – it is a part of our everyday reality!
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
Build a reputation as a Project Manager who delivers and does so with authenticity and grace. If you have a reputation for delivery, your results will speak for themselves. And research shows a successful leader is authentic and calm in the face of uncertainty. Think like a boss, act like a lady.
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
We are under represented in our industry. As a result of unconscious bias, this sometimes translates into a lack of recognition for our skills and experience as Project Managers. And a lack of understanding of the unique perspectives and value we bring to the table.
Only recently I was in a project meeting with over 10 men. As they filed into the room, not one went to shake my hand. They weren’t deliberately being rude, they just made an assumption about my role in that room! Although they assumed wrong, the takeaway is that it all starts with us. We have the opportunity to stand proudly as Project Managers and shake hands, be confident of our skills and expertise and claim a successful project management career. And in doing so, change the industry.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Be supportive of one another and share our experiences. Together our shared experiences and skills can help women in project management roles thrive.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
Diversity is key to innovation and change. Innovation and change is what drives organisations forward. So let your unique skills and attributes shine!
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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