CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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I fell into Project Management and I would not change it for the world. I’ve been a Project Manager for 12 years and I love the challenge that every project brings. I’ve worked across different industries and have learned so many different skills along the way which has helped me become a better Project Manager and lead my teams with confidence. I’m passionate about delivering change and seeing teams and businesses grow, I am focused on delivering exciting outcomes from new initiatives and how businesses and people can grow both throughout a project and after.
What is your project management super power?
I have eyes and ears on everything! The bigger picture of the project, an overview of everything the team is involved in, knowing how to negotiate dates for non-critical tasks to release resources or align priorities. I quickly learn how people work, how old and new processes need to work and find a balance with all of these moving elements to get result. I’m watching for signs that the team is under pressure at work or even out of work, whether something completely unrelated to the project might be a curveball to the journey of the project.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I’ve worked with more female Project Managers than male Project Managers, so gender diversity in the role for me should see some more male Project Managers at the table. Being heard when you are trying to deliver business strategic change can sometimes be more difficult than it really needs to be in large and aged corporations, this needs to improve. The balance of work/life should be across the board, it’s not just for specific gender and in a digital age, remote working and flexible hours should be more prevalent.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Continuous learning is so important, just because the role is familiar, the technologies and skills are changing all the time.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
With a deep breath and stepping away, and maybe a wine when I get home!
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Taking time before composing a response, having stepped away and refocusing once emotions are removed often finds a better result. Too often I see difficult situations escalate with others because of knee jerk reactions. It’s only the other person that looks out of control.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Challenge, change, passion.
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