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Name: Greg Collins
Your role: Manager, Delivery Practice
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
I first started at NAB in April of 1986. My job was filling out vouchers to transfer funds between overseas bank accounts; I was completing about 700 transactions per day. The work back then was cumbersome and very boring. We had a typist pool, filing cabinets and carbon paper to copy our correspondence, and the only computer in the office was used to maintain foreign currency accounts.
From international operations I moved into coding, in the international trade finance system, and then fell into projects as a management information specialist and business analyst. I finally earned my project management stripes and delivered several initiatives in the retail and regulatory spaces, including ATM Direct Charging, Term Deposits and many more.
Currently, I’m a full-time people leader in Enterprise Capabilities and Delivery within Technology and Operations, helping 30 project professionals manage their assignments, careers and performance. My project management skills help but it’s more about having meaningful conversations that help my people achieve their goals.
How have you made a difference?
I think my greatest impact is the support I give my people in navigating project work within our large organisation. Our analysts and managers work with a broad range of stakeholders in hope of delivering the best possible outcomes for their customers. Our team provides analytical and delivery expertise to contribute to their success. My role provides a foundational home for my team to return to when things get tough as well as to help celebrate their successes. The best coaching comes from listening while reinforcing accountability and values.
What are you passionate about?
The one thing that has kept me coming into work for the past 33 years has been the people. Our reputation may have taken a few dents in the past but that does not detract from the vast majority of employees who give over and above, every single day for their customers and their colleagues.
Even when the job was completing vouchers, fronting up to an unhappy sponsor or asking for more money from an investment committee to complete the project, it’s my colleagues, direct reports and some great leaders that have and continue to inspire me each day that make it worth coming into work every day.
Oh, I also love board games (did I say that out loud?).