Carole Osterweil Celebrating Women in Project Management

Carole Osterweil Celebrating Women in Project Management

Carole Osterweil


Location: London, UK

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I’m a transformation troubleshooter and project coach – I work internationally with project directors leaders and delivery teams who want higher productivity and better outcomes with less stress.

Director of a niche consultancy, Visible Dynamics, I also work with Cranfield University and PA Consulting to increase the UK Government’s senior project management capability.

Known for straight talking – projects are far more complex than the text books say!

I support people who are leading projects in the midst of turmoil. This is so important to me I wrote a book about it. Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog.

It’s based on my own experience as a project leader and my work as an educator and coach. I wrote it to distill the latest knowledge from neuroscience, human behavior and psychology into a toolkit that you can grasp quickly and apply always.

Get in touch if you’re Walking in Fog. Check out the resources on my website.

More from Carole Osterweil: Podcast Episode #168 with Elise Stevens – What does neuroscience have to do with project management?

What is your project management super power?

Walking in Fog. Staying realistic, focused and optimistic AND able to acknowledge and contain emotionally charged situations.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

Initiatives like this one. Increasing the visibility of women in PM. Mentoring, coaching and creating support networks.
Going out and telling other women and girls what we love about our work / inviting them in to shadow you.

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Social & Emotional Intelligence – so you can read and influence the invisible dynamics – all the stuff that goes on beneath the surface of interactions.

Self awareness and a strong ‘mindful awareness muscle’ so you know what is really going on in any situation and can make informed choices about how to deal with it.

How do you recover from difficult situations?

I move – literally (!) and go to a different location (ideally outdoors). I tune into how I am feeling physically and I’ll move/ stretch/ breathe or do something more strenuous to shift any discomfort.

If it’s still bugging me a few hours later I’ll try to make sense of it by writing about it, creating an image of it or speaking to a trusted colleague. The key is to ‘get it out of my head’!

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?

  • Know yourself and ‘what’s going on for you at any time’
  • Get yourself into a calm and grounded state (you can’t resolve conflict unless you are)
  • Acknowledge the emotional content (this is / has been difficult to talk about)
  • Be clear & specific about what you want
  • Listen to what they want specifically
  • Manage your emotions
  • Stay outcome focused

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Can I have a few more? It’s:

  • Exciting
  • I’m learning with others all the time
  • About shared endeavour




Hello amazing women of the project management world! My Celebrating Women in Project Management Series highlights your stories to inspire others, raise the profile of women in the project management profession, and to further strengthen our global network.

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