Sunday, 16 September 2018

What are you two clucking about?

Season 2: Episode 4

Ross presents some evidence on gender differences in organisations. Amongst other findings he covers 'Think Manager Think Male' and the glass cliff (where women can be put in precarious leadership positions). Drawing upon a Harvard Business Review he agrees that the route to leadership for women and other minorities is more labyrinthine than a ceiling. He finishes with a paper that suggests it's time to introduce positive discrimination to accelerate gender equality. The take away is a clarion call - to flag micro-behaviours - both good and bad.

Below - the live studio audience for this episode. Seems appropriate that Fiona was on the top cushion!


Show Notes

Think Crisis–Think Female: The Glass Cliff and Contextual Variation in the Think Manager–Think Male Stereotype
Journal of Applied Psychology 2011, Vol. 96, No. 3, 470 – 484
Michelle K. Ryan University of Exeter and University of Groningen
S. Alexander Haslam and Mette D. Hersby University of Exeter
Renata Bongiorno University of Queensland (2010)

Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership
Alice Eagley and Linda Carli 
Harvard Business Review (September 2007)

The shackled runner: time to rethink positive discrimination?
Work, employment and society (2010)
Vol 24(4): 728-739
Mike Noon - Queen Mary University of London

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Are you OK? I'm here for you

Season 2: Episode 3
In this episode I talk about mental health at work - particularly in relation to men. I share some developments on the podcast and look at my wobble over this last week. I then focuses on one research paper. The research showed that when men experience psychological distress they are two times more likely to seek support if a friend or family member has shared their own experience of seeking help.




Show Notes

The Matrix

(if you'd like this in a larger format please drop me a line and I'll send you a copy)

David J. Disabato, Jerome L. Short, Diane M. Lameira, Karen D. Bagley & Stephanie J. Wong (2018): Predicting help-seeking behavior: The impact of knowing someone close who has sought help, Journal of American College Health, DOI:10.1080/07448481.2018.1440568

Link to article here.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Exploring Values with Jonny Line

In this episode I speak to my friend, Jonny Line, who is an exciting new voice in organisational psychology.

Jonny begins by reflecting on a particular skill that he draws upon in a variety of scenarios at work and then considers his own experience of using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

He describes the three step approach he has developed to support himself in noticing when he's expressed his core values of self development, creativity, fairness and supportiveness.
He also sets out a way in which we can potentially enhance our efficacy in expressing what's important through turning our values on ourselves, based upon a model of positive social action. The challenge from Jonny is "how can you live out your values with others by turning them in on yourself."

Jonny's ideas have taken my own practise to a new level so I'd really encourage you to have a go.

We also consider what our own personal theme tunes might be and there is a chance to win one of three sets of values cards.
We're so proud of this episode here at People Soup - it really brings together some of our values around the creation of the podcast, which include being of service to our listeners and guests, and creating a space of connection, friendship, love, learning and fun.




Show Notes

Avenue Q - Purpose

Vulfpeck - Animal spirits

Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music - Judi Dench

And Jonny's choice that didn't make the final cut...

K T Tunstall - Suddenly I See

Monday, 27 August 2018

Dr Nic Hooper - ACT & the diary for valued action

Season 2 - Episode 1

Ross chats with Dr Nic Hooper - Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of West England (UWE), ACT Researcher & Practitioner and co-creator of the the 2019 Diary for Valued Action.

The boys cover a lot of ground in their conversation - Nic talks about how he discovered ACT and the impact it has had on his life. He describes his motivation to produce the Diary for Valued Action and gives us a glimpse into some of his other projects, finishing with a powerful take-away.

This is our first episode recorded over Skype. The sound quality is not perfect, it improves in the second half and we're learning new skills with each episode.






Show Notes

Follow Nic on Social Media



Find out more and buy the Diary for Valued Action

Etsy Shop

Email -

Nic's Blog

The Self Help Sat Nav Podcast

I also mentioned fellow podcaster - Jim Lucas - who produces the Self Help Sat Nav Podcast - highly recommended.

Friday, 20 July 2018

ACT in the Workplace - Guest webinar with Soma Analytics

I was delighted to be a guest on the Soma Analytics webinar. Co-founder, Christopher Lorenz, was a fantastic host and we had a great conversation.

You can catch the whole webinar below.

I'm very grateful to Nicky Hemmings - Soma's lead psychologist and Dominika Galusa - Marketing lead for making it all happen.

You can find out more about Soma Analytics here

Sunday, 15 July 2018

The science of vacations with Shannon Horan

This episode is essential pre-holiday listening as this week I welcomed Shannon Horan to People Soup. Shannon is a PhD student at City, University of London and specialises, amongst other things, in exploring work recovery through vacations. You can hear about the theory of vacations from work, get an insight into Shannon's research, get some top tips and there's an opportunity to get involved in Shannon's next study. All in 22 minutes.





Episode Notes

You can get in touch with Shannon to ask any questions and participate in her next study by emailing her at

If you're interested in work recovery you should also check out Episode 6 of People Soup - Getting Unplugged.