Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments

Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments – Carole Osterweil, is interviewed by Elizabeth Harin FAPM a professional project manager and the award-winning blogger behind a Girl’s Guide to Project Management.


Topics covered range from Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments to Carole’s motivation in writing Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience



Elizabeth sets the scene

“It seems like more and more of the projects we’re working on as project managers are tricky in non-conventional ways. The environment is shifting as we’re trying to do the work. Or the political situation changes. Suddenly what you thought you were delivering is actually not that after all.

Elizabeth Harin

It’s not just me feeling like this. In my mentoring group we often talk about how projects don’t quite work the way the textbooks make you think they should.  And Carole Osterweil has written a book about it.  Recently I spoke to Carole about what it takes to lead projects when the context is shifting all the time.

Amongst her other consulting commitments, Carole is one of a handful of Project Academy coaches working with Cranfield University and PA Consulting to support the UK Government’s drive to increase senior project and programme management capability across government. So she knows first hand what leading projects in the midst of turmoil is all about (Brexit, anyone?)


Project Leadership in Uncertain Environments


Read the full interview here to find out

  • Carole’s view on the difference between project management and project leadership
  • Carole’s top tip for working in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment
  • How to separate the aspects of a project that are ordered from those that are unordered?
  • What psychological safety is and why it makes a difference on projects
  • What led Carole to write the book Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience: A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog