Sunday, 17 November 2019

Flaxintosh Road Trip Part 2

Season 3 Episode 12

Welcome to the second part of our recording on the road. In this episode you'll hear me and my ACT pal, Dr Paul Flaxman, chatting in the lobby of Motel One in Newcastle.

We reveal our big news for 2020 - an international research collaboration and opportunity for us to flex and adapt our protocol for the workplace. 

I work with Paul at City, University of London where we have redeveloped and refined a training protocol for Psychological Well-being in the Workplace. The training has a strong evidence base and we've spent time over the last year delivering Training for Trainers, to enable the protocol to be shared more widely and reach more people. Next year we go international.

We finish with an anticipation of our train journey from Newcastle to Hexham - where we were going to be working with some psychologists from across the NHS in the region. That particular train line has some personal meaning for me as it goes through my first workplace, my home village, passed my schools and my birthplace. 

We also recorded the actual train journey and I'm going to make that into a separate bonus episode - our first attempt at slow radio.


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We stayed at the excellent Motel One in Newcastle.

The train line takes in many locations near to Hadrian's Wall - you can find more details here


Sunday, 10 November 2019

Flaxintosh Road Trip Part 1

Season 3 Episode 11

Welcome one and all. It's another first for People Soup - a recording on the road. In this episode you'll hear me and my ACT pal - Dr Paul Flaxman, on the way to a meeting with some NHS legends up in Northumberland. We chat on a train and a hotel lobby in Newcastle. 

I work with Paul at City, University of London where we have redeveloped and refined a training protocol for Psychological Well-being in the Workplace. The training has a strong evidence base and we've spent time over the last year delivering Training for Trainers, to enable the protocol to be shared more widely and reach more people. 

It's like a Flaxintosh performance review. We cover some of the gigs we've done this year, how the ACT in the Workplace training protocol has evolved and any key moments that have stuck in our minds. 

In part 2 we'll share some big news for 2020 and also reflect on the train journey from Newcastle to Hexham, which reflects some key parts of my life. We also pass through Blaydon - hence the artwork for this episode.




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We're big fans of Motel One - having stayed there in Glasgow and Newcastle - thoroughly recommended!

Here's the painting of the Blaydon Races by William C Irving. It's in the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead. You'll hear me singing an extract in Part 2.




Sunday, 27 October 2019

Grief at Work

Season 3 Episode 10

In this episode I share my personal experience of grief and what I've found useful over the last six months with a particular focus on the workplace. This includes a metaphor, a model and a poem. 

I also share some information and statistics from The Loss Foundation - who are the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer.


  

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That word Fiona sent me was - MERAKI This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it.

Freaking the F Out Podcast - here's a link to the Episode on Grief with Cariad Lloyd and Dr Erin Hope Thompson.


The Loss Foundationis the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer, whether that be spouses, family members, friends or colleagues.

They provide a variety of support events to help people at any point during their loss, and create the opportunity for them to meet others who have experienced something similar. They also educate and empower others to support those who are grieving via their workshops and training.

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Research Paper - dual process model


Epitaph - Merrit Malloy

When I die
Give what's left of me away
To children
And old men that wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
Cry for your brother
Walking the street beside you.
And when you need me,
Put your arms
Around anyone
And give them
What you need to give to me.

I want to leave you something,
Something better
Than words
Or sounds.

Look for me
In the people I've known
Or loved,
And if you cannot give me away,
At least let me live on your eyes
And not on your mind.

You can love me most
By letting
Hands touch hands,
By letting
Bodies touch bodies,
And by letting go
Of children
That need to be free.

Love doesn't die,
People do.
So, when all that's left of me
Is love,
Give me away.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Lighthouse

Season 3 Episode 9


This week – it’s a cuppa soup. A short episode – the lighthouse – it combines a poem I learned at school with a reflection on how we can keep sight of the things that give us meaning in our working lives. We call these qualities that give us meaning our personal values. It can be difficult, scary and revealing to consider what gives us purpose in our work. TO use these qualities as a guide for our behaviour & decisions can be challenging too. I consider my lighthouse – to be beaming out my personal values – when the sea is calm I can see the lamplight but in turbulent times they can become difficult to see.

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Other episodes on Values 

A story about working with values - hear an example from my life and what could have got in the way.

Values - two top tips - using inspiration from pop I bring you two top tips on working with values.

Exploring values with Jonny Line - Jonny shares some great ideas on how to work with values.

Daily Audio Values Diary - hear me talk about my values in daily instalments during a break with the family. 

Cargoes by John Masefield


Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,

Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

The recording of the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn by Newts Newton on Soundcloud