3 Invaluable Lessons from Tania Gharechedaghy
- Mentorship is important in personal development and the construction industry. Don’t be afraid to ask for an opinion or help.
- The best asset of project managers is their ability to support the expertise of their teams.
- Diversity is important for a successful project team but you must also ensure the personalities mesh.
This week, host Sue Dyer interviews guest Tania Gharechedaghy, Project Manager of the $990 Million SFO airport project. Tania shares her journey from Junior Civil Engineer to top Project Manager. Tania also is in charge of creating a positive work environment – one of the most important aspects of a successful project team.
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Tania’s Leadership Journey (2:21)
Tania started as a Civil Engineering Intern at SFO. While being a part of SFO for 14 years, Tania progressed through the Civil Engineering certifications leading her to finally become a certified project manager. Her experience set her up to take on the $ 1 Bn project at SFO.
How to create a positive work environment (7:00)
- Define positive values (9:12)
Define the positive values of the team right from the beginning.
- Ensure team members’ personalities align with the team and company (10:07)
Personalities that mesh does not rule out diversity but rather creates a team that is on the same page when it comes to communication and support.
- Clear direction, structures, and expectations (11:00)
When you can create clear direction and expectations for a team, it gets rid of a lot of uncertainty and stress. It makes the project more enjoyable for the team members.
- Selecting A Successful Team (10:00)
- RFP to define technicalities and values (10:15)
- Scenario-based interview based on how well the team collaborates (13:17)
- Communicate quickly if things are not aligned or people are not demonstrating the right values. (16:00)
Best Advice Tania Received (37:00)
Don’t get bogged down in the costs and details. Find a way to balance and delegate so you can think at a higher level.
Resources for Project Managers
- Check out REACH as a standard for project management.
- Daily email called “Smart brief on Leadership”
- SFO Strategic Plan
- Delivering Exceptional Projects
Parting Advice (39:28)
Leadership is all about people. Every person has value. As a leader, you should think about your team and do what’s best for them – on a personal and professional level.
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