The Language of Project Working – QUBE@Work

One of the most significant yet hidden influences on project communication is status. Have you noticed how:

  • people will hang on every word of someone senior in your organization’s hierarchy (even if they are talking rubbish, or contradicting last week’s message?)
  • some people always struggle to get heard – even if you want to hear what they have to say?
  • you feel powerful in some situations and powerless in others?
  • in meetings, some people know how to encourage or close down discussion and debate, and others don’t?

Consultant, change agent and author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience, Carole Osterweil, will co-facilitate our QUBE@Work Session on Thursday 15th August and explore how status creeps into communication – like a hidden language. Join us at this workshop to share your observations and experience of status – both good and bad. Discover how perceptions of status drive our behaviours and colour our language. Learn how recognising the hidden power of status can help you manage the involvement of ‘senior’ and ‘junior’ stakeholders in your projects – making it easier to share truth to power, influence ‘resistors’ and present to high status groups or individuals.

The language of project working is the fourth of a new Series of bi-monthly facilitated evening workshops on QUBE for the major projects community.

The sessions are designed to encourage you to take away some insight you can use – a technique, an example, a sense of how others do things or simply a confirmation of your own intuitive approach. The sessions will also help you build and extend your professional network as well as develop your skills on collaborating and co-working in a virtual environment.


QUBE@Work is open to members of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub and Major Projects Association communities.


You’ll need a laptop and a PC, with a set of in-ear headphones and microphone (as you would use for your telephone). Once you have downloaded QUBE we’ll guide you through the process of learning to work through an avatar (your QUBOT) and you’ll be ready to go.

REGISTER HERE: Join us on QUBE for the language of project working on Thursday 15th August.

Further events in the Series

Whilst the precise theme may be subject to change, the dates are now set, so add them to your diary and we’ll keep you posted as each workshop is given a title. Once you are registered on QUBE, there’s no need to re-register, you will be able to go straight into the workshop Qubicle and you meet up with other workshop delegates to pick up on conversations or work you have started, at any time, in between the workshops.

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What can you expect from QUBE @ Work?

These regular workshop sessions will provide you with an opportunity to explore and develop personal and organizational approaches to working in major projects. We aim to generate an output from each event that you can take back and share with colleagues. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience (and practise your skills) of working in a virtual environment. Finally, this is an opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with your peers from across other major projects.


Comments from delegates on the first QUBE@Work Session on Stakeholder Storytelling, which took place in February 2019:

“I really enjoyed using QUBE for the first time. My head is buzzing with ideas.”

“You’re working with people you wouldn’t normally work with and you’re getting some work done in the space”

“I’ve not experienced anything like it. Thank you!”

Questions or suggestions to Jonathan Norman, Manager, Major Projects Knowledge Hub.

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