Lexie Smith Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lexie Smith Celebrating Women in Project Management

Lexie Smith

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK

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When I was 20, I was enrolled on a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, which at the time was a brand new government led scheme. The course was two years long in duration and I believe it has really enabled me to catapult myself into the project management profession. Seven years down the line, I am now proud to say I am a Contract Project Manager providing the Project Management service to businesses on a professional basis.

The journey to get here hasn’t been easy and many times I have felt like giving up, but I’m so glad I haven’t.

Over the years I have been fortunate to gain a variety of experience running projects in:
– Manufacturing & Engineering
– Financial Services
– IT & Business Change

However, my favourite type of projects, are the ones I run outside of work renovating properties!

What is your project management super power?

My sense of humour – I have the ability to laugh at anything that does go wrong on projects! (well, almost!)

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

I think when it comes to the PM profession, a lot of women either believe they can’t take on the responsibility in addition to home life or they are led to believe by their employer that they cannot. We need to tackle this head on and empower women and men to recognise they can have a profession like this and it’s okay to also have a life as well!
Even when I was younger, I had no idea that PM existing as a profession. If we could educate children/college students of all the potential avenues in the profession, this may help with gender diversity.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

For me, it’s all about being ‘human’ and having those soft skills:
– Emotional Intelligence
– Empathy
– The ability to collaborate etc.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

With a nice bottle of wine… or two!

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

Don’t let it fester. All too often we put our heads in the sand when it comes to conflict. Get it out there (in a diplomatic way) and get it resolved. Ask for help if you need it too!

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Thrill
Change
People

 

 

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