CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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As a Project Manager (PM), my purpose is to find clarity from chaos. I’m a democratic and results-based PM with the business needs and success always being the ultimate goal.
Because my leadership style is one that puts people first, I strongly believe the backbone to any successful corporation is its people. I have a demeanor and skills that diffuse challenging conflicts and refocus distracted team members to carry out project objectives.
I have over a decade of experience in various industries, such as, local government, timeshare vacation ownership, and technology staffing. In all my experiences, I excel in taking business ideas from conception to fruition. I also take pride in project recovery in organizations. Bringing the pulse back into important projects that an organization may have lost sight of is my specialty.
I love what I do! Through it all, I enjoy watching how the power of building strong relationships and collaboration drives success.
What is your project management super power?
This in fact is a skill that took time for me to embrace. Harmony isn’t holding hands and chanting “Kum ba yah” or pretending conflict isn’t apparent. In fact, my skill allows productivity and results. I look for areas of agreement and truly believe there is little to be gained from constant conflict and friction. I stand in the middle and find the common ground for teams to move forward and not lose sight of the end goal.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I believe a truly diverse team can deliver better results by constantly having fresh perspectives and various talents. I think the first step in improving gender diversity is raw and uncomfortable honesty.
All leadership should literally take a step out of their offices and with their own eyes take a look at the people in their organization. Notice the various genders in certain roles, gender diversity in general, races, etc and notice the gaps, the stereotypes, consistencies and inconsistencies. Be honest in your observations and have several discussions about it. Then, work effortlessly to do better.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
With the demand and necessity of Big Data, I believe project managers will need a deeper understanding of this field. Big Data is analyzed by organizations and businesses to discover patterns and trends related to human behavior which can then be used to make decisions that impact how humans live their daily lives. As organizations turn to programs and systems that will require such technology to help operate their businesses, I foresee there will be an increased need for project managers to have big data expertise.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
In the professional environment, I recover from difficult situations by expressing my frustrations to my manager and/or mentor. Almost always they will guide me to a solution to the issue that occurred which helps alleviate stress.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
There are various ways and styles to conflict resolution. However, I think the best way to BEGIN resolving a conflict is getting to the root of the issue. In my experience, sometimes conflict doesn’t have to do with the project at hand. Many times, conflict arises by attitudes, what/how someone conveyed a message, prior issues, grudges, etc. Understand what the true issue is and then you will have substance and idea on how to move forward.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Versatile, Satisfying, Useful
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