Podcast 121 - PMOs as Trusted Business Partners




Fantastic in Marisa Silva about how PMOs can become trusted business partners


Age Defying Careers Podcast - Sally Foley Lewis



In this Podcast Sally Foley Lewis shares her career story - starting with a degree in Leisure Management through to be an in-demand leadership coach. 


Age Defying Careers Podcast - Christina Bertram




In this Podcast, Christina Bertram shares her career story


Podcast 120 - Empathy and Project Managers - A Required Skill



Is Empathy an important skill for Project Managers? 

In this Podcast Elena Zagorenko shares her insight into why empathy is an important skill for project managers.


Podcast 119 - Supporting the Change Leader



How can Project Managers support change leaders?

In this Podcast Dr Jen Frahm, author of Conversations of Change discusses how Project Managers can support Change Leaders.


Age Defying Careers Podcast - Saffron House



In this episode Business Analyst Saffron House shares her career story.

 She is a qualified Business Analyst who has a ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis in 2011, (now known as the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis).  In 2014 she presented at the European Conference in Business Analysis. She is a currently a member and mentor of the UK Chapter of the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis).


Points raised in this podcast:

  • Her journey from studying Archaeology to a becoming a qualified Business Analyst
  • Why she felt it was important to obtained a university education in the first instance
  • How her university studies and a degree helped open the door to new opportunities
  • How a presentation by a female business analyst inspired her to change her career from sales administration to becoming a change agent
  • How she overcame self confidence issues in her career
  • The importance of continued education and obtaining formal qualifications when commencing a new career
  • How confidence and building resilience has helped her in pushing through difficult career times

Age Defying Careers Podcast - Jenny De Lacey



In this episode, Visibility Coach Jenny De Lacy shares her career story.

 Jenny is a video marketing strategist and expert. She transferred her skills gained in over 20 years in Learning and Development and moved from ‘contractor’ to ‘business owner’.  


Points raised in this podcast:

  • Her journey from a career in Learning & Development to running her own business
  • Jenny’s career change from having the urge to run a business rather than be a contractor and trying to find a position that fit with family life
  • How working in a toxic environment was the impetus to start a business
  • Taking the skills learnt from running a business and from her career and turned it into her business today
  • Having to let go of the insecurity to leave a contracting position
  • Transferring the people management and writing skills to help craft their message and gain confidence
  • ‘You don’t know what you don’t know’ and people stay in employment not knowing what else they could do
  • The assistance of career specialists to change our careers by transferring your skillset
  • Realising the importance of leaving that toxic environment for confidence and self-worth
  • Different Egos in the workplace
  • Learning that our skills and abilities move across different stages of our career
  • Our career title doesn’t really matter – just decide what you want to do and doesn’t have to have a label
  • Understanding it can take some time to get over a bad/toxic work environment.

Podcast 118 - The Value of Lifelong Professional Learning




In this episode of the Fix My Project Chaos podcast, Elise Stevens talks professional development with internationally-renowned business author and speaker, Mike Clayton.

 Mike is the author of 13 business books, and is regularly called upon by some of Britain’s largest public, private and not-for-profit organisations to deliver corporate training and conference keynotes. He is both an expert trainer and a passionate advocate for the benefits of ongoing professional skills’ development.

In their discussion, Elise and Mike talk about why project managers should take responsibility for their professional learning, how to develop a personalised ‘curriculum’ for skills’ development and the many benefits of lifelong learning.

“There comes a time when we have to take responsibility for our own education,” says Mike.

 “The choices that we make will dictate the outcomes that we get, and if we want to get better, more demanding jobs then we've got to get ourselves fit for that. If you want to be healthy, you have to eat well and exercise well. If you want to be a powerful professional, then you need to train yourself well. You need to get the experiences and the knowledge that you need.”

 Mike says there are many cost and time-effective ways for project managers to learn. Learning can be formal, such as through online and face-to-face training, or less formal, such as listening to podcasts, reading, and learning from others through work and social networks.

“I think my top tip would be to pick one or two online sources that you trust and enjoy, and dig deep into them,” advises Mike.


Points raised in this podcast


  • The importance of taking personal responsibility for ongoing skills’ development
  • Employers have their own agendas and needs, that influence how they choose to invest in individual employee’s professional development.
  • “The only person who really has nothing to lose and everything to gain by investing in your career is you, yourself,” says Mike.
  • Decreased corporate training budgets have increased the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own development, in order to stay professionally competitive.
  • No learning is ever wasted when you take responsibility for your own development. You never know when or where you’ll have the opportunity to apply it.
  • Learning should be regular, ongoing and require active engagement with the subject matter – whether that is a course or taking part in professional conversations in social media groups.


My Top 3 Resources for Project Managers – Elise Stevens


  • Wrike Blog – Great content rich site that provides tips and information about being a great project manager
  • Online PM Courses – a great range of online courses, blogs and other fantastic resources
  • Project Management Café – A closed facebook community for Project Managers.


About Mike

Mike Clayton is an in-demand project management and leadership consultant, who advises organisations large and small on productivity, project management and organisational change. He is a leading provider of online training for project managers, and can be found at Online PM Courses and Mike Clayton.co.uk.

Connect with Mike on LinkedIn.


Age Defying Careers Podcast - Felicity Dwyer




Felicity Dwyer is a careers coach, management consultant and trainer, based in Hampshire, England. In this interview, she talks about her own career journey and how it led to her starting two successful businesses aged in her 40s.

Felicity is the founder of Stepping Up, a UK leadership and management training consultancy. In her interview with Elise Stevens, Felicity talks about how she ‘blossomed’ while working for a voluntary sector infrastructure organisation in the early 2000s, who genuinely valued their employee’s professional and personal development. This organisation became Felicity’s first client when she began working for herself in 2003, and inspired her to obtain management qualifications herself. Stepping Up has now worked with hundreds of managers across the private and nonprofit sectors.

Felicity is also a career coach, who has worked with mid-life professionals for almost 15 years at The Heart of Work. She speaks with Elise about how to transition into a new career and the importance of investing your time in building skills.

“There’s a lot of information out there that is free and is of really good quality,” Felicity says.


One of the things I really encourage people to do is to develop their skills. If you feel like you have very good tech skills, very good people skills, a good breadth of knowledge and most importantly, the ability to learn, it will give you the confidence to think you can pick up new things … and have the capacity to learn, and act, and cope with whatever comes your way.”


In this podcast

  • The many reasons people change careers in their mid-lives
  • Appreciating how the ‘threads’ of our personal histories lead us to the careers we are meant to have
  • How once we find the career we truly want, everything seems to align for its success
  • How all of our professional and personal experiences contribute to a valuable skillset that can be applied elsewhere
  • The importance of management practices that value human resources
  • Why supportive professional networks are so valuable


 About Felicity

 Felicity Dwyer is a career coach. She specialises in working with mid-life professionals who want to change direction. Felicity helps her clients find clarity about their ideal career path and next steps. Her coaching practice is called The Heart of Work. Felicity also works in the field of management development, primarily in the arts and heritage sector. She is the co-founder of Stepping Up, which aims to empower leads and managers through training, coaching and qualifications. Felicity is particularly interested in facilitating development for first-line managers, and managers of volunteers. She can also be found at http://steppinguptraining.co.uk/

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Age Defying Careers Podcast - Paulette Oldfield



Today Paulette Oldfield shares her career story of becoming a change and agile specialist. 

Paulette is a Project Manager, Agile subject matter expert and Certified Scrum Master who specialises in Agile coaching, development and Change Management. A pragmatic approach with a ‘start it, finish it’ mindset who thrives on challenges and a passion for problem solving.


With a proven capability in building and nurturing relationships, Paulette has been involved in many projects across private and public sectors in large organisations over a range of industries including Finance, Government and Mining. She has worked with a range of people from Senior Politicians to staff at the coal face.


Paulette is accredited in Change, Agile, LEAN and Consulting with skills across facilitation, presentation and performance management, to name a few. From the implementation of a major procurement transformation into a complex environment, to the delivery of information and reporting systems within tight timeframes where others had failed to deliver, Paulette enjoys working in dynamic environments.


Points raised in this podcast:


  • How Paulette dealt with being the only female with over 120 males in a mining site to being a change and agile specialist with the Queensland Government
  • How embracing change has helped Paulette have a exciting and diverse career
  • How boredom and environment can help you to identify when it is time to change roles or organisations
  • The importance of networking and micro learning to build relationships and create your own opportunities
  • Being the right frame of mind to help remain relevant and to learn new things
  • How Paulette is transiting a government based department into a collaborative space with entrepreneurs and startups and the lessons learnt along the way
  • The importance of a close network of friends when dealing with adversity in life and at work
  • Using diplomacy and knowing when is the right time to communicate ideas and concerns
  • Why showing gratitude for the adversities in your life and career is so important
  • Surrounding yourself with mentors that allow you to learn and grow from

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