Sunday, 24 June 2018

How we got into ACT with Maddy Scott

Welcome to Episode 13 of People Soup where I'm in conversation with my very first guest - friend and fellow organisational psychologist, Maddy Scott. We're both students and practitioners of ACT. ACT is the acronym for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which we use in our work in organisations and in coaching. 

Here we talk about what first caught our attention about ACT, how we got hooked and what we'd recommend in terms of resources for those who'd like to find out more. 

I'm pretty pleased with how this has turned out so let me know what you think.

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Episode notes

Maddy's book recommendation - "Things might go terribly, horribly wrong: A guide to life liberated from anxiety." Kelly G Wilson & Troy Dufrene

My book recommendation - "The Happiness Trap" Russ Harris.

You can also search for Russ Harris on youtube for lots of helpful and accessible videos.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Leadership and the Triflex

This week I share some of my own qualitative research. Through interviews with senior leaders in large public sector organisations I explored the ways in which they fulfilled their leadership roles and experienced organisational politics - all through the lens of psychological flexibility.

Psychological flexibility is something that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to strengthen. It's made up of six processes. In this podcast I represent those processes with the triflex.

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[Harris, 2009]

I thought it might be fun to share the experiences of my research subjects to show how the processes can show up at work and help you spot them in your own behaviour.


Sunday, 10 June 2018

Body and Breath Exercise

The podcast is a bit different this week. I've had a few requests for a mindfulness practice recording - so here it is - just under 8 minutes - a guided meditation of the body and the breath. 

Click here to listen and have a go! I'd love to know how you get on.


Sunday, 3 June 2018

A thousand words

In this episode I use behavioural science to explore the decline in my sketching and cartooning activity and give some top tips on how to apply the same techniques to work and life in general. I commit to publishing a sketch or cartoon every day for the next 30 days on instagram and twitter - so you can follow my progress.

Click here to listen to Episode 10 on soundcloud.

The key questions I recommend to use to explore something that you've stopped doing at work that matters to you are as follows:

1. What's important to me about X or Y? Why does it matter to me?

2. What's my mind saying about X or Y?

Episode Notes

The song by David Gates is called 'If' and you can watch a live performance here.

You can check out the work of the brilliant Christoph Neimann here and his instagram feed is here.

And the book by Tom Gallwey is called - The Inner Game of Tennis.

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