Sunday, 5 July 2020

Dr Ray Owen - Part 2

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part two of my chat with clinical psychologist and brilliant human, Dr Ray Owen. In the opening moments of this episode you'll hear a clip from Ray - talking about arriving well in a conversation – whether it’s a palliative care nurse about to have a really difficult and emotional conversation with a fellow human or a manager, preparing for a difficult performance conversation – we can prepare to arrive well in both of these scenarios.

 

We cover loads more in our chat – you’ll hear about his workshop at the ACBS UK & ROI in November which is called "ACT for Long Term Health Conditions - Adjustment to Long Term Health Conditions: how Psychological Flexibility can help." 


Please note - the main content was recorded and edited before the latest announcement about the conference. The conference will now be a two day event on 16 & 17 November and the pre-conference workshops will now be incorporated into those two days. You can find out all about it and sign up here!

 

And you'll get to hear not one, but TWO fabulous takeaways!


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Show Notes

Read more and order Ray's book Facing the Storm




Read more and order Ray's book Living with the Enemy


Both books are available via all good bookstores.


Ray's website is here and you can follow him on twitter here.


Here's a link to more information about the programme I've developed with a recent guest, Dr Annie Gascoyne. It's called Flexibility at Work and there are four modules, designed to build flexibility in yourself, others, teams and leaders! To kick it all of theres a free webinar on Thursday 9 July. All the details are here!




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Book Launch - Swipe Right on your Best Self by Eric Winters

I was thrilled to be invited to host the book launch for Eric and loads of people around the world joined in the fun.

I can best introduce this fabulous read with my own review:

"Hat’s off to Eric – awesome work! This is an accessible, practical and fun book – firmly grounded in evidence based behavioural science. Eric takes the reader on an engaging and compelling journey that brings together threads from history, fiction, pop, and his personal experience to illustrate each stage of his relatable proposition. He is an outstanding guide to the human condition and helping us all realise that –“taking courageous action is an ability, a skill to develop.” Let’s get out there and spread the science."


You can watch the launch here on catch up 😁


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And you can buy the book here! Eric Winters - "Swipe Right on you Best Self - Simple steps to a bolder life with fewer regrets"

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Dr Ray Owen - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 30

P-Soupers – this week – it’s part one of my chat with clinical psychologist and fabulous human, Dr Ray Owen. 

 

We cover loads in our conversation

  • you’ll hear a bit about Ray’s career – a story which he holds lightly,
  • His books - Facing the Storm and Living with the Enemy,
  • His work in long term health conditions and palliative care – and how he discovered ACT and contextual behavioural science,
  • And he choses his song – which is a not only a belter – it also has an important message for us all.


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Show Notes

Read more and order Ray's book Facing the Storm




Read more and order Ray's book Living with the Enemy


Both books are available via all good bookstores.


Ray's website is here and you can follow him on twitter here.


That quote from the Poem The Traveller - by Antonio Machado


"Traveller, there is no path.
The path is made by walking.


Traveller, the path is your tracks
And nothing more."

                          Antonio Machado


Ray also mentioned the book by Kathryn Mannix, it's called "With the end in mind - how to live and die well." The quote from that book is:


“There are only two days with fewer than twenty-four hours in each lifetime, sitting like bookmarks astride our lives; one is celebrated every year, yet it is the other that makes us see living as precious.”


Here's a link to Ian Dury and the Blockheads performing Reasons to be Cheerful - Part 3

And you can find out more about Ian Dury's work and life here


I also mentioned the SMART training - featured in our previous episode - you can find out about that here.


Here's a link to more information about the programme I've developed with a recent guest, Dr Annie Gascoyne. It's called Flexibility at Work and there are four modules, designed to build flexibility in yourself, others, teams and leaders! To kick it all of theres a free webinar on Thursday 9 July. All the details are here!







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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Update on ABC with our Big G

On Saturday I received a letter from Dad. He's been reflecting on his ABCs regularly since he appeared on People Soup. You can listen to us reflecting on basic psychological needs theory here.

Here's his update - not sure why the red pen! I've also typed it out below.






My ABC with Big G - Update

June 2020

Autonomy
Belonging 
& Competence

  • Many things have happened since I was so skillfully interviewed by Ross.
  • I am in lockdown so I desperately miss contact via:-
    • Swimming,
    • Volunteering at the Hospice,
    • and Clara Vale Village Hall,
    • Shopping Visits,
    • Days Out,
    • Cleaner & Hairdresser visits.
Joan Bakewell's suggestions re: scheduling certainly helped me at the very start. Whilst I do not have a written schedule, I do adhere to certain things on a regular basis.
    • I do combined exercises every day.
    • I walk to Ann's tree and beyond every day.
    • However, I haven't got seriously back into reading.
    • I do have however the best fed birds in christendom.
I have embarked on another DNA test sponsored by a lady relative in Canada and I am in regular contact with 'relatives' in Dorset and Holland.

RE: Future Learn, a slight hickup in my joining but I will rejoin one day.

The major event that has been such a help is that I have come up with a project.

The project is to extensively tidy/reorganise the garage & convert it into an easy access workshop/craft area.

This project has involved a lot of hard work removing decades old shelves and boxes from the garage walls. 

And buying attractive shelving units to form a workspace.

The workspace and bench has been formed and fitted with lighting and power for radios etc.

I plan an easy door to the garage, side hung and into thirds. This is on order and due in July when hopefully the project will conclude.

However, I have accumulated miscellaneous items over the years to sort, store and reject.

The project has and is giving me a purpose. It has made me think it through, adapt, plan, adjust and end up with a workspace which I love. I look forward to going there everyday and even eat my meals etc in the area.

I look forward to the doors arriving in July.

Most of the wood I have used was already available so costs are restricted to the three shelving units and the door on order.

Months of putting away all the collected 'debris' I've unearthed will follow!

Neighbours are kind & shop for me and bring me cakes etc.

On my walks or when working on my project I long to see people to say hello to.

I look forward each day to video calls with Ross PM and Alison AM.






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Friday, 12 June 2020

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 29

 

It’s part 2 of my conversation with Dr Shane McLoughlin.


In this episode we really delve into Shane’s research on the impact of SMART Training – first of all – what is it? And secondly, the impact of SMART training on general congnitive ability in school kids. Listen on to hear us speculate on the potential impact of SMART for the working population as organisations become increasingly more complex and jobs become more cognitively demanding.

 

And we’ll finish with Shane’s song selection and a cracking takeaway.

 

This conversation was such a pleasure – Shane is open, honest, thought provoking and humble as well as being great fun.


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Show Notes

You can find more about Shane at his website.

Follow Shane on Twitter



Here's the link to the conference I mentioned at the beginning - it's the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science - UK and Republic of Ireland

And here's Shane's song choice for your listening please - it's Card Carryin' Fool by Randy Travis


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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 28

It was great to welcome Shane to People Soup. Blimey what an interesting fella.

He's currently a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University after completing his PhD at the University of Chichester.

Shane's interested in exploring the potential in merging the fields of behavioural analysis and differential psychology. He really set me thinking about a whole host of organisational issues and my stance in the workplace.

Other topics we discussed include Shane’s experience of imposter syndrome, his preparedness to be wrong  - spoiler alert – Shane says he’s been wrong about things many times. We also chatter about his willingness to share ideas with psychological communities outside of his own immediate discipline and his view of the primary function of a good scientist.

He also talks a little about his research on the impact of SMART training – which we’ll delve into more in part 2.

We finish with a tale of his sporting prowess which may or may not give us clues to his stance as a researcher.

This conversation was such a pleasure – Shane is open, honest, thought provoking and humble as well as being great fun.




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You can find more about Shane at his website.

Follow Shane on Twitter




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Saturday, 2 May 2020

Mr Benn, Lou & Ross too

Season 3 Episode 27

P-Soupers – this week we have an experimental episode – it started with a conversation with Louise Gardner – aka – my ACT Auntie and your ACT Auntie – where we were reminiscing about our childhood TV and in particular an animation called Mr Benn – which made us decide to record a conversation – well I say conversation – you may find it to be a gentle ramble – where we reflect upon one episode – Mr Benn and the Red Knight – and relate it to us as humans – particularly our values in life. As you might expect – there are several diversions along the way – including the legendary Mrs Slocombe from Are you being served?

Just in case you want to watch the episode of Mr Benn first - here's the link to the episode on YouTube.

I’ve called this episode – Mr Benn, Lou and Ross too.

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Here's the episode we talk about on YouTube - Mr Benn and the Red Knight.


That Brene Brown quote:

“Courage is like—it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”
That compilation of Mrs Slocombe 'pussy' moments - makes me weep.

Here's the lovely review from Rebecca Alegbo - printed out for inspiration above my desk.



Lou's earlier People Soup Episode.

Find Louise!


Podcast where Louise discovered Russ Harris - Not Another Anxiety Show

The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris - 8 week online programme here

The complete visual summaries of the 8 week happiness trap course link here

Connect with ACT Auntie on: 


You can get Louise work on a variety of stuff from t-shirts to mugs - imagine that! At redbubble

Here's a great way to support Louise and her life changing art
You can support Louise with a monthly donation here on Patreon - anything from $2 upwards.
You can also make a one off donation for a cup of ko-fi here 
General illustration www.louisegardner.com


Louise also illustrated a recent book called From Neigh to Zebra - a colourful, whimsical tale of a horse that falls in love with a zebra written by Alex Frankel Schorr. It looks brilliant and you can find out more here
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Dr Annie Gascoyne - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 26

Or...all about Organisational Flexibility.
I’m starting with a quote from Walt Whitman today –

“I am large, I contain multitudes."

I think this quote encapsulates the complexity of both organisations AND the people within them

Here's part 2 of my conversation with Dr Annie Gascoyne. In part one we heard about Annie’s fascinating career history, how she’s worked in radically different organisations and she talked about pivotal moments, like going back to Uni and how she found herself in the surprising position of embarking upon a PhD.

In this episode we’re diving into that same PhD research - you’ll hear Annie introduce and expand on organisational flexibility as a concept and its component processes – which I think is highly relevant in these extraordinary times. I think you’ll find that organisational flexibility provides a useful and practical lens to consider the challenges that all organisations face.  

In the shownotes you'll find two useful diagrams, one representing psychological flexibility and the other, organisational flexibility.

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You can find Annie on LinkedIn and very occasionally on Twitter !

You can contact Annie on email a.gascoyne@gold.ac.uk
Pillars to represent psychological flexibility.


Pillars to represent organisational flexibility.




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