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Kate Morris, Project Management Inspiration: Kate Morris

What happens when hundreds of project managers are gathered in one place? You need a conference organizer! Kate Morris, MSP(r), MoP (r), CSM, Inspiring Women In Project Management interviewee, will be taking the lead at the 2017 PMI Australia Conference 2017. But she’s more than a conference MC. As a practicing project manager, Kate spoke to me about her current role and the challenges of being on stage in front such a large audience. Here’s what she had a to say.
Kate, how did your career in project management begin? What is your current position?
I found a mentor who recognized my potential. I was taken under her wing by her and she gave me a love for project management that has stayed with my until today.
I currently work in an assurance and advisory position. I consult on programs that will succeed, perform deep dive in-flight reviews, and manage the post-implementation reporting process.
My 15 years of experience in business and technical transformation programs gives me insight into best practices delivery, integrating human aspects, and implementing projects. These passions and experiences are why I joined the PMI Sydney Chapter Board.
What would you have done differently?
What a great community PMI offers! I could have avoided many rookie mistakes if I had leaned more on my network. I believe that you can never stop learning, especially if you are part of a professional network. You learn the most by sharing and paying it forward.
What is your greatest challenge in your current career?
Promoting the importance of project professionals within organisations. It seems that senior managers don’t have the necessary skills to sponsor large programs. Research shows that sponsors who understand their role in a project/program have greater success rates.
A project manager can act as a trusted advisor and gain the trust of a sponsor to discuss all aspects of a project honestly. To achieve better results, both sponsors and project managers must invest in new skills.
I know that you believe in positive leadership. Could you give us some examples of how this is implemented at work?
Gallup Strengths were implemented in my team. This allowed me to assign projects, project resources, and delivery outcomes that were in line with their individual strengths. This resulted in happier team members and better outcomes.
I enjoyed promoting collaboration and allowing others to see things differently. My team grew in understanding of their strengths. This learning in skills assessment was also adopted by other teams, which was a benefit to both the individual team members as well as the company.
This is a fantastic result. What advice would you give women in project management?
Know what you can bring to the table. My skills are different from my male counterparts, and that’s a great thing! Because I have a different perspective, I’m where I am today.
Spend time learning about your strengths and working to improve. It is powerful to know what you are good at and how you can make your job more enjoyable.
You are the Conference Convenor of the PMI Australia Conference 2017. Please tell us more about this role and what it involves.
I am the national Conference’s project manager. This is a difficult role, especially when you are leading a group with your peers. It is so rewarding to work with the PMI because it allows me use my skillsets and project knowledge in many applications.
I am privileged to work alongside a talented group of professionals who are focused on delivering a conference that is world-class and shares best practices.
What is the theme of this year’s conference?”
Level Up – Lifting The Game of Success highlights the constantly changing landscape of our profession and the business and academic communities. This theme recognizes the need for improvement in all aspects of practice, from individuals to businesses.