Ariane Moussault

Ariane Moussault

  • Project manage­ment profes­sional & change manager; mara­thon runner in prepa­ra­tion for Ironman 2020.

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What is your consul­ting exper­tise?
I have been active in the field of project manage­ment as a project manager, coach, trainer and consul­tant since 1992. I have expe­ri­ence in a wide variety of projects, both in the public and the private sector. In my latest long-term assign­ment I was respon­sible for the impro­ve­ment of the project manage­ment profes­sion within ASML, a Dutch high-tech company. Recently, I finished writing a book on project manage­ment for Noord­hoff Publishers, the largest Dutch educa­tional publisher.

What moti­vates you to do extreme sports?
In the summer of 2016, I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw: an aging work­a­holic with an aging body, too. I realised that some­thing had to change, so I decided to start running. But the deci­sion itself wasn’t enough. The only way to really change the status quo was with a strong focus. So I needed a goal and decided to run a mara­thon. I chose the Rotterdam mara­thon, which took place nine months later. I quit drin­king, ate fewer carbs, and hired a coach and a physio­the­ra­pist. I ran 728km, lost 10kg, recup­erated from three inju­ries, and ran the mara­thon in 5 hours 22 minutes. Some­thing that seemed nearly impos­sible in July was accom­plished in April. Somehow I was not satis­fied enough, and decided to run another mara­thon, and be faster. I signed up for the Berlin mara­thon in September 2018. But for some reason, another mara­thon didn’t seem to be such an inte­re­sting chal­lenge anymore. I was watching an Ironman because I knew one of the parti­ci­pants, and I realised I had found my next ulti­mate chal­lenge. I started trai­ning for the full triathlon in 2020. I started without any swim­ming or cycling expe­ri­ence, so there is some work to do. I train 10-12 hours per week now and I love it (though not always).

How does this relate to the consul­ting world?
Both a mara­thon and a triathlon can be seen as projects. Focus on the objec­tive is crucial. Without dedi­ca­tion and disci­pline, nothing can be accom­plished. Along the way, things happen, inju­ries and time-issues, like risks in any project… and in the end, it is all about the right mindset. For each project, the right mindset is the vaguest yet most important success factor.

Ariane Moussault

Ariane Moussault

  • Project manage­ment profes­sional & change manager; mara­thon runner in prepa­ra­tion for Ironman 2020.

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