CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
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I’m a Digital Innovation Program Manager who strives to bring people and technology together to create real world benefits. I enjoy leading teams and delivering outcomes and I’ve been most successful when I’ve nurtured high performance work cultures and empowered my team through opportunities to innovate, collaborate, work autonomously and deliver above and beyond client expectations. I value integrity, trust and open relationships that are based on mutual respect, accountability and an appreciation for individual skill sets and perspectives.
What is your project management super power?
Empathy for others and inspiring my teams to deliver amazing, real world outcomes for our stakeholders!
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
We need to see more female project and program leaders in our industry publications, awards, at public speaking events and in promoting our profession. Unfortunately, the typical image of a project manager is often described as a middle-aged man in a suit, so we are still a way off changing that conception.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Emotional Intelligence and strategic thinking are by far the most important skills for any project leader. Without this, your technical delivery skills will fall short of achieving outcomes, particularly in challenging organisational environments.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
I like to reflect on what I did and what I could have done differently. But I don’t get caught up in going over mistakes endlessly. The key is to learn the lesson and move on.
In any difficult situation, we learn a lot about ourselves and others, which is always interesting to see.
I also like to destress through some alone time, practising mindfulness, deep breathing and gentle exercise to clear my mind after a particularly difficult day or situation.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Always try to understand the perspective of the other person and explain your view in language that makes sense to them and empathises with their feelings. Conflict can be healthy if managed well. It’s important not to avoid conflict if there are issues, because they only continue to build until there is an altercation. It is always best to calm down before entering into a conflict resolution, so that you can achieve the best outcomes for everyone involved.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Benefits, Teammates, Challenges
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