Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention

Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention


Karen Davey-Winter, PMP, ACC

Work Life Perspectives, LLC
Leadership Coach and Management Consultant

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

In the summer of 2012, Karen Davey-Winter took an eight-week road trip around the United States with her 10-year-old son. It became a project in mindfulness. Every week they had a different theme, and every week they paid attention to what showed up. They learned that when you pay attention to something, the following happens:
  • You see it everywhere
  • You react to it, and you learn something about yourself from your reactions
  • You start noticing the impact you have on other people
  • You realize that when you change something about your impact, i.e. the way you show up, you can almost always get a better result
Karen noticed that the lessons they learned on their journey apply to many areas in life, including the challenges encountered every day by Project Managers. In this presentation she uses the framework of their journey, along with some specific tools and techniques, to help Project Managers improve their leadership skills through the following:
  • Emotional Intelligence – enhancing our perceiving abilities in order to pay closer attention, and then manage our reactions and behaviors by acting with intention
  • Self Awareness – identifying when we are in a place of assumption or judgment, and then developing strategies for moving to a place of curiosity to allow us to be more effective leaders
  • Collaboration – understanding collaborative vs non-collaborative behaviors as a starting point for determining the interests of our stakeholders and then obtaining buy in
  • Cross cultural competence – identifying different cultural dimensions and adjusting our approach in order to improve our leadership of global projects
Mindfulness is the base from which leaders increase their self-awareness and understand the impact they have on others. With that foundation, and through paying attention without judgment, intentional choices can be made. We learn to show up differently and improve the way that we lead people in different circumstances and environments. In doing so, our effectiveness as Project Managers is enhanced. Because as John Kabat-Zinn says, “Mindfulness is all about paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment”.
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Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet (Read More)
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

About the Speakers

Karen Davey-Winter, PMP, ACC

Leadership Coach and Management Consultant
Work Life Perspectives, LLC

Karen Davey-Winter is an Executive Coach and Management consultant who began her career in IT more than 20 years ago. She has held a variety of leadership roles for small and large organizations, including being on the senior leadership team of a $5.2 billion healthcare IT project. She has led teams of over 150 people, often in complex matrix environments.

Karen is the author of ‘Life is a Road Trip; A journey into mindfulness’, as well as numerous articles on project management, emotional intelligence and team effectiveness. She is an ICF credentialed Executive Coach and is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator and EQi practitioner. She graduated from Georgetown University with a Post-graduate certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership.

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