CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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In 2007, I had to lead a critical project for my company. My manager at that time put in my hands the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and some examples of projects he had carried out previously thanks to this methodology. I discovered then that I could have managed past projects much better, that I was going to do much better for future projects but above all that project management would allow me to develop in competences that I did not master or even that i had never explored before… It was the beginning of my passion for project management and today I am convinced that it had played an important role in my career but also in my private life. And it is still on going.
So thirteen years later, I’m chief information officer for a company in transports and logistics and I’m a volunteer in project management.
Today, I am happy to celebrate all women in project management.
What is your project management super power?
Collaboration is essential.
Each individual feels more concerned when he is listened and consulted. This presupposes transparency, communication and empathy within the project management team but also towards clients and project stakeholders.
Feeling as an integral part of the project strategy, the collaboration allows team members to be more motivated and committed to the project.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
I don’t think we need to do anything special, the process is already underway not only in project management as elsewhere. Things change slowly but they change …
Because of the ratio and the impact of failed projects, managers will have to choose people based on their skills much more than on their gender. But at this time, women will have to be present, having already shown that they can do better than the men around them.
Women will always have to do more, but in the end, they will succeed in getting the job.
We must have confidence in ourselves, be ready to seize or create any opportunity. We have to make noice.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Teams members, stakeholders, customers are no longer near us. We have to manage efficiently with virtual tools.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
My principle is that every situation has a solution, just need to find the good action plan.
Collaboration is efficient. So generally, I expose the situation and make brainstorms with the teams, with experts, with leaders or anybody who can give good advice even if he works in other field. Then I make my choice and go ahead.
My objective is always to have no regrets so I try to be sure that I have analysed all options and chosen the most suitable.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Listen more than speak
Show empathy (Everyone is right to his point of view)
Put public interest before personal interest
Put your ego aside
Do not keep things to personal
Know when to apologize
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Passion, Improvement, Results
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