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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 37 36 Project Manager Lindsay Charles, a project manager with NSW Public Works, was rewarded by AIPM for making a lasting contribution to the engagement of Aboriginal communities in the construction industry. How did you feel when you won Project Manager of the Year at the 2011 AIPM Project Management Achievement Awards? I was very sur prised given the quality of the opposition, but I also felt extremely proud. I believe this award will help gain support for many of the initiatives that were introduced on this project , particularly around the area of gaining community support. Any project runs much more smoothly when you are working with communities, so the intensive early work certainly paid off. Aboriginal participation, which was so successful on this project, stirred interest throughout the industry, and I look for ward to seeing a large improvement in this area of how we do business. Your delivery of the south Coast Correctional Centre project for the Department of Corrective services has been a massive success. What were the main lessons learnt? To listen to other people – ever yone ’s ideas are of value. I have seen the power of stakeholder representation, and that stakeholder groups need to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Consensus is the best way to settle disagreements, and to make sure that ever yone's point of view is respected. WIPM promotes and supports women in the industry. What advice would you give to those just starting out? I think it’s important to introduce young women to pro ject management as a career option. I came to be a project manager later in life, which I think is true of most female project managers. Success comes down to communication and hard work , which makes it particularly suitable for women. What do you think are essential skills a project manager should have? I believe that a project manager must the passionate about what they do, and be able to communicate that passion to others. A project team is made up of a diverse group of individuals, often working for different organisations with different agendas. There needs to be a single uniting passion that brings them together to achieve something great. What are a few things you're hoping to achieve in the next five years? I would like to be able to assist other project managers introduce some of the ideas that were trialled on this project. It would be a pity if some of these concepts were lost. I would par ticularly like to see significant improvement in the area of Aboriginal par ticipation, and would love to be part of the changes that are coming. ••• LInDsAY CHArLes people How I lead LINDSAy CHARLeS ON uNITINg PASSION «ThERE NEEdS TO BE A SINGlE UNITING PASSION ThAT BRINGS A PROJECT TEAM TOGEThER TO AChIEvE SOMEThING GREAT»
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