Carole Osterweil

Carole Osterweil 

Keynote: The secret ingredient in developing your power skills - a pinch of neuroscience

Project success hinges on power skills and how we handle ‘the people stuff’. Yet most of us can’t really explain ‘why people behave as they do’.  In this interactive session, designed for project managers of all levels, Carole will draw on material from her book, Neuroscience for Project Success: Why people behave as they do, published in 2022 by the Association for Project Management.  She’s designed it to be relevant to all project managers - whether they are new to power skills, or they’ve been exercising them for years.  In a world that’s often characterized by stress and disorder, you’ll leave with a clear understanding of how the human brain works and new insights of yourself, your projects and your decision making.  Acting on these insights will turbocharge your power skills.

Learning goals summary:

  • A clear understanding of how the human brain works.

  • A framework that explains why people behave as they do (this includes you!)

  • New insights into yourself, your projects, and your decision-making

  • Turbocharging your power skills.


Known for bringing an understanding of how the human brain works to the worlds of project management and business transformation, Carole’s on a mission: to make the invisible dynamics which get in the way of delivery more visible – so we can do something about them.  Carole is an author, project troubleshooter and coach.  Her current assignments include building the UK Government’s senior change, project, and program management capability at Cranfield University.   She has also worked as an international project leader, transformation director and educator.   An accredited Executive Coach since 2003, she holds an MBA and has trained in neuroscience, psychotherapy, and the arts.