Vicki Griffiths Celebrating Women in Project Management

Vicki Griffiths Celebrating Women in Project Management

Vicki Griffiths

CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES

Location: Truro, Cornwall, UK

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Vicki is a Senior Project Manager at Fugro’s offices in Falmouth, UK, a chartered project professional and Fellow of the APM. She is the 2019-2020 Chair of the APM Women in Project Management Special Interest Group. She joined WiPM as a volunteer in 2017 and joined the committee in 2018.

With a background in geology, Vicki began in project management 13 years ago for an aerial survey company working on LiDAR projects. Seven years ago, she moved to Fugro as a project manager on offshore geotechnical projects. For the past year she has been working on large change transformation projects in Fugro.

More from Vicki Griffiths: Podcast Episode #169 with Elise Stevens – Why the Women in Project Management SIG is so valuable.

What is your project management super power?

My super power is seeing things from a different perspective and coming up with creative solutions.

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

By celebrating role models from a diverse background. Many women come into project management but there are fewer of them in more senior roles. I have heard many women say that there are not many female role models in senior roles in project management. Having these senior women as visible role models will encourage and inspire others to stretch themselves and reach for these roles themselves.

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

Having a high emotional intelligence and being able to collaborate effectively with others. As projects gt more complex and inter-related, it is crucial to be able to work effectively with other teams to ensure that both teams are delivering successfully. Having strong communication skills and a high EQ can help make this collaborative working more effective.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I find it helpful to be able to step back and take a breath. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by a tricky situation. By stepping back it is possible to disentangle yourself from the emotion of the situation and look at it objectively. You may see alternative solutions that you had not seen before. At the very least you can work out what you have learned from the situation so that next time you will handle it differently.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

If it is a conflict between two others, it is best not to take sides and act as an objective mediator between the two parties. Conflict situations can become quite emotional so being able to defuse that tension can help both sides to see things more rationally and work towards an acceptable solution.

If I am one of the parties in the conflict, I try to put myself in the other parties shoes so that I can try and understand where they are coming from. That difference in perspective can present alternative answers.

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

Challenge, Change, Variety

 

 

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