At the beginning of 2019, we set the delegates on the Major Projects Association Rising Stars programme a challenge. We asked them to interview their mentor, within their organization for an Ideas from Experience video. The two questions for the mentors were: 1. What piece of advice did you receive earlier in your career that you particularly took to heart and 2. What piece of advice would you like to pass onto the next generation of project and programme managers. Here are the results.
Phil Ankers, Director at AECOM, explains the value of a personal, professional knowledge network and the importance of looking for ideas and insight beyond your industry.
Clare Harrison, senior project manager from the Major Projects Division of Grosvenor Estates explains the importance of straight talking and why HOW we do things in major projects is just as important as WHAT we do.
Andrea Powell of EY explains the importance of asking for the career opportunities you need and shares her thoughts on two distinctive skill-sets that will be important for people working on projects in the future.
Mike Wallace from PA is invited by Christina McCormack to share his ‘Ideas from Experience’ and offers the value of focusing on planning in major projects and the exhortation to ‘Get out there!’; take the time to learn from others, to see what worked on other projects and what didn’t work.
Neil Crewdson, Head of Project Management for Sellafield Limited, explains the importance of mining every opportunity you are given and the value of personal dedication.
Russ Wynne, Senior Programme Manager at Cavendish Nuclear explains the value of self-confidence, personal integrity and a willingness to learn from failure.
Interviewed by Edward Bennett, Mark Armitage, of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, shares the advice he took to heart early in his career “on the skills of active listening” and the advice he’d like to pass onto the next generation of project or programme managers “how to encourage a supportive working culture”.
Interviewed by Adam Myers, Peter Bolton of Transport for Greater Manchester shares his Ideas from Experience: 1. the advice he took to heart early in his career about the importance of conversations and listening and 2. the advice he’d like to pass onto the next generation of project and programme managers about the value of curiosity and inquisitiveness.
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