Industry Interviews: Project and Construction Management

“Stick confidently to what you know well and understand what you don’t…….”

 

Name: Peter Southwell

Length of Time in industry: 37 years     

 

Expertise:

  • Project and construction advisory and management
  • Project planning and programming
  • Contract management & administration
  • Business development
  • General management

What I’ve learned:

  • To keep it real – stick confidently to what you know well and understand what you don’t, so that you can call on someone else who does.
  • To listen more (especially to people who have different views to yours); ask more; say ‘thank you’ more, but otherwise – talk less.
  • To be open with people, including having difficult conversations when that’s necessary for them and the business.
  • If you set high morals and standards for yourself, good people will get on the bus with you.
  • That you never stop learning.
  • That being able to write well and succinctly is important.
  • That if you’re not enjoying work, do something else. 35 years is too long and life’s too short to be doing something that you don’t love!