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How Motherhood Made Us Better Project Managers

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there. At Echo Consulting, we are proud to have so many Mothers on the team. You may be surprised by this but raising children & managing projects in many aspects aren’t that different – you start with hopes & ambitions and plan for how you want to nurture them to achieve that vision. Mothers are often considered the “project managers” of a household as cited in Science Daily “almost 9 in 10 women answered they felt solely responsible for organizing schedules of the family”. Mothers set and communicate expectations, keep the team on task and on schedule, as well as provide stability and guidance in uncertain situations. But how has our experience as Mothers contributed and helped certain project management skillsets grow?

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Look at the Glass Half Empty – a Pre-Mortem Exercise

Anyone who has worked with Echo Consulting knows we like to end each meeting with the question "are there any other risks or issues we have not discussed today and need to be added to our project log?". At Echo Consulting, we are passionate about risk management. We believe wholeheartedly that the best way to mitigate risks is to create a safe space for team members to bring forward risks ahead of time to discuss mitigation strategies. That’s one of the reasons we love the concepts of pre-mortems. It creates an environment for the team to share their personal lessons

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Team Member Highlight: Kelly Pratt

As I reflect back on my experiences as well as on what I hope to contribute to Echo Consulting, it all centers around that client relationship and how I use a consistent set of values each time I have the opportunity to work with and consult with clients.

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Inspiring Women Pioneers who Paved the Way

March is Women’s History Month – a subject very close to Echo’s hearts. As a woman owned and lead business, we are aware of the barrier’s women face in the workforce and the gender gap that still very much exists today that we fight to change daily. Statistics from Adeva IT state that as of 2018 women hold only 25% of tech jobs and data from Property Management Institute (PMI) suggest that women currently make up only 20-30% of project management staff worldwide. We also are aware and grateful for the many women who came before us to break down barriers and pave the way for the opportunities we have today. We want to take a moment this March to recognize the many women who have fought to break down the barriers and the women who continue to shatter the glass ceilings.

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