E62 A Girl’s Guide to Project Management with Elizabeth Harrin
How has your work been impacted by the pandemic? Are you able to lead your projects effectively? In this episode Elizabeth Harrin joins PMO Joe from West Sussex, UK to share her story about working remote, engaging stakeholders and books she has written.
The pandemic has forced us to work differently. We need to improve our ability to work with people remotely. Elizabeth shares tips such as getting comfortable on video, understand how to best use the technology, and find how to “turn off” from work. At the center of remote work is trust. Your employer trusting you are getting your job done and also, we as PMs to know the project teams are pushing projects forward.
We are also missing out on the water cooler chats so we should find and utilize mentors to help us grow and improve our careers. Elizabeth shared her mentoring experiences including her own mentoring group Project Management Rebels. We also get to hear about Elizabeth’s blog A Girl’s Guide to PM, trends for 2021 and books that Elizabeth has written. Be sure to subscribe to catch the full episode and hear what Elizabeth has to share about Stakeholder Engagement.
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You might not have heard of Otobos Consultants Ltd, but if you’ve been around project management for a while you may have come across their award-winning, popular blog, A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. The company provides education and mentoring to project managers at all stages of their careers.
Elizabeth Harrin, FAPM, is an author and mentor who helps project managers and their teams get more done with less stress. She does that through straight-talking, real-world advice, based on her 20 years in project management roles.
Elizabeth has written 6 books about project management: Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World (which was a finalist in the Management Book of the Year Awards 2014 and now in its second edition), Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Communicating Change, Project Manager, Customer-Centric Project Management and Engaging Stakeholders on Projects: How to Harness People Power.
Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of York and Roehampton University. She supports project managers through her mentoring programme, Project Management Rebels, and also contributes to a variety of other initiatives including sitting on the advisory board for the RISE Being Lean and Seen programme at Liverpool John Moores University.
Elizabeth has led a variety of IT, process improvement and business change projects including an ERP deployment and compliance initiatives. She spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France) and 12 years in healthcare.
She is also a faculty member of The PM Circle, a one-of-a-kind community of business leaders, project/product/portfolio and change managers, coaches and consultants helping each other solve our biggest challenges, increase your influence, and accelerate our careers.
Elizabeth lives with her family in the UK.
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