CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Sydney, AUS
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I am a seasoned Program Manager who brings 30 years of experience in delivering critical business and technology initiatives in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Manila, Thailand, Bermuda and the United States. I have worked in a number of industries including telecommunications, agribusiness, banking, financial services and government.
See Margaret’s 2019 Celebrating Women in Project Management profile.
What is your project management super power?
Resilience. There are so many things that can (and do) go off the rails, unexpected twists and turns, in project management, that it is easy to be overwhelmed and want to give up. But the key to successful delivery for your Sponsor is to change things that aren’t working, make sure all key stakeholders and team members are clear on what has changed and why.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
If young women see women in project management roles (their mothers, aunts, neighbours, family friends) then they will grow up knowing that project management is a profession for successful women. Volunteer to speak at school careers days. Offer to be an guest speaker at the local university. If they can see it, they can be it.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Soft skills are the key. Listening to what people tell you and what they don’t tell you. Asking clients, subject matter experts, team members what they think could be done to help overcome obstacles. Resolving conflicts with a win-win solution whenever possible. Treating people with respect, even when things get tough
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Turn off my phone. Go for a walk or a swim. Binge watch a Nordic Noir TV series. Breathe. Don’t over-think what happened.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
At some level, there is something that the conflicting parties agree on. Usually more than one thing and probably at a higher or more strategic level. Use what they agree on as a place to begin the discussion. When things get tough, go back to what they agree on and start again. If those in conflict can’t agree, escalate to someone who can make the call and frame it as a win-win. This gives both parties the space to move on together without loss of face.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Delivering the impossible.
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