Winona Astian Thian
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Sydney, Australia
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I am fairly new to the working world of Project Management as I have just completed my Bachelor of Project Management at the University of Sydney. Currently starting my Graduate Project Manager position at Seven Consulting, I look forward to using my knowledge of Project Management and applying it on big projects. I am passionate about being part of an organisation that creates value and diving deeper into learning and growing in my profession. I enjoy working with people and creating strong team bonds by championing one another in our individuality and the strengths that we bring to the team.
What is your project management super power?
Mediating and being the liaison between people or departments. I tend to be the listener-type, so I would always be able to communicate well between my peers or colleagues if someone didn’t understand what point the other was trying to get across. I could only do this because I knew the particular person and how they communicated and comprehended things, so it’s important to get to know your people and learn what’s the best way to communicate with them.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
From what I can observe in university, the ratio between men and women is an even divide. I think that it’s a very exciting thing that the current batch of new project managers to enter the work force have an even standing for both men and women. I believe gender diversity can be encouraged by championing both men and women to do their best in what they do, and allowing equal opportunities based on skills instead of gender would push each project manager to grow.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
These are probably the two most common, yet crucial skills known to project management: adaptation and communication. I think that the further into the future we go, projects of all forms and sizes will arise and the methodologies to execute these projects may have to be flexible to execute such robust projects. Being able to adapt to each project will help direct you in navigating your team to successfully execute the project. Knowing how to direct your project team also relies on your people skills and leadership skills. We should remember that project management is in the business of people, and that it’s rowing science and not rocket science.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
By taking deep breaths and turning all your focus to finding the root issue and solving it. If you’re in this position because you made a mistake, own it and move forward. Instead of throwing yourself a pity party, put your energy into solving the problem and growing in your profession.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Empathy. No matter what role you are in or who you’re above or under, people are still people. Once we understand to put ourselves in each other’s positions, working through conflicts will be a less difficult and painful process. Having the perspective that it’s you guys versus the problem, instead of you versus each other helps with finding a solution and the next step on how to solve the conflict.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Connecting the dots. Not exactly three adjectives to describe the why’s but these three words really describe why I enjoy project management. The satisfaction of when the project starts coming together and the cogs start turning in sync really fuels me to see the project come to fruition.
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