Project Management Institute

Darpana Vallabh, PMP

Project Manager, First National Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa

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PHOTO BY QUINTIN MILLS

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Title: Project manager

Organization: First National Bank

Sector: Banking

What three adjectives best describe you?

Energetic, organized and optimistic.

What's your project management mantra?

Eat the elephant chunk by chunk, but don't forget to communicate.

What advice do you have for new project managers?

Build relationships with your stakeholders and gain as much knowledge as you can about your environment.

What's your project management style?

It depends on the type of resources on the team. But it's usually a combination of authoritative and “all for one and one for all.”

“Build relationships with your stakeholders and gain as much knowledge as you can about your environment.”

What famous person would you want on a project team?

Richard Branson. He enables his teams to pull off daring, important projects, and he tends to know what's happening at his businesses at a granular level. But he's approachable, enabling his employees to suggest better alternatives.

How do you relieve stress?

Indian Kathak dance and road running.

Why does the world need project managers?

They ensure that everything comes together in the end.

What's the best book you've read recently?

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

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