Sunday, 20 May 2018

Noticing the cave dweller

After a week off - spent in the glorious city of Valencia in Spain - you can now listen to episode 9 of People Soup podcast. In this - I draw upon my experience of bike rental in Spain - using it to illustrate our cave dweller mind - our minds often produce content which isn't helpful to us - but can have a significant impact on our behaviour. Our minds aren't broken - they're doing what they're designed to do. I describe the three key features of our cave dweller mind as:

  • Danger, Lookout!
  • Belong!
  • More, more, more.

By noticing our cave dweller mind we can choose to take a route that is perhaps more helpful to moving towards what matters to us.

Listen to Episode 9 by clicking here!

Photos by Helen P.

Episode notes:

You can find People Soup on many podcast providers - including




Metaphors for Life podcast

I've also discovered a podcast that relates closely to mine - it's produced by James Hardie - up in Edinburgh and it's called metaphors for life - well worth a listen

You can find it on itunes here - metaphors for life podcast

Monday, 7 May 2018

Two gears of the mind

In Episode 8 of People Soup - I aim to strengthen the case for practicing present moment awareness or mindfulness.

I present the two modes of mind - or two gears of the mind - the thinking gear and the sensing gear. Learn about the difference and how to access the, sometimes unfamiliar, sensing gear.

The following diagram is referred to in the podcast.

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Episode Notes

Check out the #365daysofcompassion on twitter and facebook - brilliantly curated by Chris Winson (@chisi_98) 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (Segal, Williams and Teasdale, 2013)
Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Williams & Penman, 2011)
Search inside yourself (Tan, Goleman and Kabbat-Zinn,  2014)

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Flexibility in work relationships

This week's podcast introduces practical techniques for you to have a go at changing a work relationship. By presenting some examples and introducing some skills based in psychology - I aim to enable you to reflect on a tricky work relationship and have a go at changing the way you interact with this person.

You can listen here on soundcloud

And we're also available on i-tunes, stitcher and other podcast providers.

In the podcast I talk through four steps to help consider a work relationship - the framework below sets out these steps. You could print this off to make your own notes as you go along.



Saturday, 21 April 2018

Getting Unplugged

In this weeks episode of the People Soup Podcast - I draw upon research exploring work recovery by Professor Sabine Sonnentag and share 4 top ingredients for an effective recovery activity. You can also consider what your personal values are in relation to your leisure time to provide motivation and direction.

You can listen to the podcast here on SoundCloud

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Those references I mention for activities that enhance relaxation are a walk in the countryside (Hartig et al, 2003), meditation (Grossman et al, 2004), listening to music (Pelletier, 2004) or even a long hot bath (Bourne, 2000).

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Orienteering at Work

Sometimes we can loose sight of what's important to us at work. This episode presents the idea of personal values or qualities of action and gives advice and tips on how we can use them as a beacon for our behaviour at work - like our inner compass. It's not all plain sailing and takes some practice - but it does have it's rewards.

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Please do get in touch with any thoughts, questions or comments too. I'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, 7 April 2018

What's the story - Cruella de Choice?

It's episode 4. Here I recount a tale of a cooker hood malfunction and how my story about my DIY skills impacted on my behaviour. I then relate this to the experience of a coaching client and invite you to consider your own stories in the workplace and how they might be limiting your behavioural repertoire. There is a tip for changing the impact our stories have on us and recommendations for considering a broader range of actions from the behavioural menu.

To listen to the recording please click here.

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Look at yourself and then make a change

In this week's podcast (yes, I've decided it's a podcast and I'm in the process of learning how to make that happen) I share two key points - firstly highlighting the behavioural mirroring that can occur in workplaces with an example that still resonates with me and secondly - how we can all model the behaviours that are important to us.

This in not only important to leaders but everyone in organisations.

This is all brought together by some slightly amended Michael Jackson lyrics.

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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Can I have a word please?

So this is the second audio post on my blog. Or is it a podcast - frankly I'm confused. It's a seven minute listen.

Here I reflect on the purpose of my blog and the thoughts my mind has been generating since the spontaneity of sharing my first audio post last week. These thoughts could have made the first audio a unique event - hear about my experience here.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Autopilot and the wandering mind

Welcome to my first audio post. This arose after a lecture I did for the MSc Students at City, University of London. I was there to share my experience of selection and assessment but I also shared my frustration about the relatively low profile of our discipline. There are lots of things going on in organisations at the moment and I've never seen an organisational or occupational psychologist sharing their views on the news or other media.

This is my response to my own challenge and also something outside of my comfort zone. In this post I spend just under 7 minutes and 30 seconds talking about autopilot and the wandering mind - finishing with an easy way to practice present moment awareness.

We can spend a lot of time on autopilot - research by 2 Harvard University Psychologist found that we can spend about 47% of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes us unhappy (Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010)
“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” Killingsworth and Gilbert write. “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost.”
You can access the recording by clicking here.