Sunday, 30 September 2018

A conversation with Dr Mike Sinclair

Dr Mike Sinclair is Clinical Director of the City Psychology Group, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, ACT practitioner and author.

We cover a lot of ground in this conversation including:

  • Mike's journey into ACT - which included a bold trip to Nevada in the early days;
  • How he uses ACT in his personal and professional life;
  • How he uses ACT with high performers in the City.

He has also developed a takeaway especially for his appearance on People Soup and has a cracking, client generated metaphor which we could all use.



Apple podcasts

Show notes

City Psychology Group - this page also has the links to Mike's books that he mentioned in the show as well as some free chapters!! Get yourself over there!

Mike on Twitter


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Noticing and the happy robots

Why do I talk about the skill of noticing so much? Listen on to hear why noticing is so important - both in terms of how we're showing up in the world through our behaviour and being aware of what our mind is producing in terms of thoughts, emotions, memories and urges.

I then move on to different ways that we can strengthen the skill of noticing. I also respond to a question from this week from a workshop participant who asked if I was trying to create a workplace full of happy robots!



Apple Podcasts

Show Notes

If you're interested in noticing check out these other episodes:

Season 1: Episode 1 - Autopilot and the wandering mind

Season 1: Episode 8 - Two gears of the mind

Season 1 : Episode 11 - Body and breath exercise


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

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