How Insights from Brain Science Can Help Manage Projects and Influence Change

Thursday 8 October 2015

6.30pm - 9.00pm
followed by networking

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2 7HA | Maps

BCS, CMI & IC Members £10 (+VAT @ 20%), Non-members £15 (+VAT @ 20%)

Carole OsterweilCarole Osterweil, OMQ Consulting


The statistics about the high cost of project failure are well-known, and the debates about how to achieve better results are well-rehearsed. An outsider looking in on the world of Project Management could be forgiven for describing it as a bit stuck.

Everybody recognises the challenges and there is no doubt about the desire for change, but doing the day-job differently is tough.

Recent advances in understanding about how the brain works, cast the challenges of managing projects and influencing change in a very different light.

Carole’s aim in this session is to give you a flavour of what is now known about how the brain works, and to use this as springboard for discussion and learning from each other.

She won’t be bringing case studies to illustrate best practice, or a mass of theoretical content.

She will be inviting you to reflect on your own situation and experiences and to consider the implications - for you as a project professional and for project management as a discipline.    

About Carole

With a CV that includes programme management in the NHS, oil & gas, IT and pharmaceutical sectors and over 15 years as a consultant and faculty lead at Ashridge Business School, Carole believes that successful project delivery cannot be separated from project leadership.

This conviction informs her work as a consultant to directors and project delivery teams who want improved productivity and less stress. Carole gets results by putting the achievement of project goals centre stage and using her insight into human psychology and understanding of change processes to address the people and organisation issues that undermine effective delivery.

Unusually for someone who started out as a technology graduate, Carole has trained in psychotherapy, gained a Cranfield MBA and been an accredited executive coach since 2003. She has also co-authored a number of publications, notably

  • Coaching in the Project Environment, APM Emerging Trends
  • Delivering Exceptional Performance, a book about getting the most from your people

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