Oxana Gutu Celebrating Women in Project Management

Oxana Gutu Celebrating Women in Project Management

Oxana Gutu


Location: Strasbourg, France

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I spent my last 20 years in development management contexts in a variety of roles, from a consultant to team leader and project manager. These experiences enabled me to see and approach change from different perspectives. I contributed to and learned from complex transformations in justice and good governance systems at the forefront of reforms. Embedding public policy planning in a national administration, building of a first Migrants Reception Center in a country of destination, the establishment of a lawyers training facility, the introduction of judges performance evaluation, numerous networking projects leading to perpetuated partnerships at European levels are some of the changes I worked on.

What is your project management super power?

If I had to choose one superpower that would be inclusiveness. Its benefits are innumerable and value producing. It leads to buy-in and ownership for sustainable results way beyond the project’s timeline.

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

I adhere to the concept of sorority, applied to all. I believe that our power is in our diversity and mutual respect. Nurturing each other helps us grow in the project management profession and we all can only benefit from that.

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

As things evolve, soft skills will be acknowledged as core skills. Persuasion, communication and the knowledge of the human nature will remain key, I believe.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

One of my favourite quotes for these kind of situations comes from Shakespeare: “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”. On my body level, I use heart coherence techniques. On the mind’s level, I use re-framing.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

To resolve a conflict, I do an analysis of causes – what lead to this in the first place? I take responsibility for my part and use empathy to rebuild the bridge. I put relationships and integrity first.

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

Make things happen!




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