CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Washington DC, USA
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Nicole Maaguo is the Founder & CEO of Cultivate Ink, LLC a boutique tech firm focused on empowering organizational transformation through a combination of process engineering, change management, software development and strategic execution.
As a woman in tech, Nicole got tired of watching women be undervalued and underestimated at work. Her exasperation with women’s lingering inequality drove her to create the Ambition Unboxed community and Ambition Out Loud podcast. Through these platforms, Nicole helps ambitious women find acceptance, connection, professional development, and support on their rise to top leadership positions.
See Nicole’s 2019 Celebrating Women In Project Management submission.
What is your project management super power?
My super power is that I bring the best out of teams which enables them to tackle the most complex and seemingly impossible projects.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
In my experience, some of the biggest gender diversity issues within the project management profession involve women’s careers stalling out in mid-management. The same skills which enable women to successfully lead projects equips them for many senior leadership positions. Few managers have the political savvy and skills to influence large groups of people with no direct reporting relationship (not demand obedience), but that’s just Tuesday for project managers.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
As technology continues to evolve the ability to manage internationally distributed and remote teams will become vital skills. This has already become the norm in some industries, but we should expect it to become mainstream in many more. There will be many project teams that never meet in person despite successfully delivering highly complex outcomes.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Recovering from difficult situations requires empathy, compassion, and putting your own ego in check. The project manager’s job is to diffuse the situation and get the team back on track as quickly as possible.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
In my experience, 95% of conflict can be boiled down to a simple misunderstanding. Delicately peel back the emotion to expose the facts and the misunderstanding often makes itself known. The goal is to treat all parties with respect, to listen deeply for what’s not being said, and to leave with team member relationships intact.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Collaboration, Innovation, Progress
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