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Season 2 Episode 13 This episode is inspired by Teresa Jennings and Kristin Neff. I reflect upon various conversations I've had about self-compassion and talk through an exercise called "How would you treat a friend?" from Kristin Neff and share my own responses Why not have a go? Links and show notes at


Rafael Dubois - Toronto Blue Jays Mental Performance Coach (Part 2)

Season 2 Episode 12 The conversation with Rafael Dubois continues. A common theme that he encounters with players is confidence - which is often misunderstood. We also talk about how they have established a coaching culture at the Blue Jays and created an environment where it is safe for players to talk to a coach without feeling vulnerable. We finish with a brilliant takeaway as Rafael introduces non-negotiables! Show notes and links at


Rafael Dubois - Toronto Blue Jays Mental Performance Coach (Part 1)

Season 2 Episode 11 I loved this conversation with Rafael. We chat about his career path and his purpose - which he discovered at an early age, he loves listening to people. We talk about the context he brings to his role and his stance in his role as a coach. You'll also hear about the complex structure of the Blue Jays - there are 9 teams and there are coaches for pitching, catching and hitting! Hope you enjoy it! Show notes You can find Rafael on twitter @rafaeldubois and on LinkedIn...


Part 2 - Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver

This is the second part of my conversation with Paul and Joe. We chat about the versatility of the ACT model & some hot topics including Relational Frame Theory and data from our research. Me and Paul talk about our workshop in March - it's a train the trainer two day event for our ACT in the workplace protocol. There's a discount code for 10% the workshop over at The chaps finish off with a couple of cracking takeaways.


Part 1 - Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver

Season 2 Episode 9 Here's the first part of my chat with Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver a couple of weeks ago. We talk about their journey into ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and what attracted them about the approach. They go on to speak about the impact of ACT on their own lives and how they use it in their work. We finish Part 1 with some reflections on the ACT Matrix. Show notes at


A conversation with Nicky Hemmings

Season 2 Episode 8 What an absolute delight to spend some time chatting with Nicky Hemmings - lead psychologist at Soma Analytics. We discussed evidence based psychology in the workplace and the very new Evidence Based HR Forum set up by Nicky, MaddyScott, Craig Tindall and Professor Rob Briner. Nicky talks us through the evolution of the Soma App - called Kelaa - how people interact with it - the data it can produce for organisations and the wider support they provide. What I particularly...


Daily Audio Values Diary

Season 2 Episode 7 Have a listen as I have a go at reflecting on my values over a period of four days. This exercise is based upon an approach developed and described by Jonny Line in Episode 2 (Season 2). I was reminded about it by a tweet from Dr Sally Bradley who said she was using it with clients as part of their gratitude practice. This episode also begins with a bumper crop of reviews, a bit of singing (sorry) and finishes with a snippet of live flamenco guitar. Show notes at...


A conversation with Dr Mike Sinclair

Season 2 Episode 6 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,...


Noticing & the happy robots

Season 2 - Episode 5 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...


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...


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 at


Exploring values with Jonny Line

Season 2 Episode 2 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...


Dr Nic Hooper - ACT & the diary for valued action

Season 2 - Episode 1 Ross chats with Dr Nic Hooper - Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of West England (UWE), ACT Researcher & Practitioner and co-creator of the the 2019 Diary for Valued Action. The boys cover a lot of ground in their conversation - Nic talks about how he discovered ACT and the impact it has had on his life. He describes his motivation to produce the Diary for Valued Action and gives us a glimpse into some of his other projects, finishing with a powerful...


The science of vacations with Shannon Horan

Episode 16 Going on holiday - listen to this essential guide to the science of vacations before you go! Shannon Horan is a PhD student at City, University of London and specialises, amongst other things, in exploring work recovery through vacations. You can hear about the theory of vacations from work, get an insight into Shannon's research, get some top tips and there's an opportunity to get involved in Shannon's next study. All in 22 minutes. If you're interested in work recovery check out...


Chat with Paul Flaxman about the ACBS World Conference

Episode 15 I welcome Dr Paul Flaxman to People Soup. We talk about the upcoming ACBS Conference in Montreal and give a glimpse of the research we'll be presenting about ACT Training in the Workplace. At the conference we're also planning to share the development of our ACT in the Workplace protocol. Episode notes at


ACT and Us - with Maddy Scott

Episode 14 This is part two of my conversation with friend and fellow organisational psychologist, Maddy Scott. We talk about how we've used ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) in our lives. Maddy talks about her mindfulness practice and how she introduced values on a family holiday leading to an adventure on the high seas (grand canal). I also talk about my values in relation to sharing and training skills in ACT. We finish with an invitation to have a go at an exercise - a suggestion...


How we got into ACT with Maddy Scott

Episode 13 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...


Leadership and the Triflex

Episode 12 Here I present some of my own research based on interviews with senior public sector leaders. In my research 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. Listen on and see...


Body and Breath Exercise

Episode 11 It's a bit different this week - I've had a few requests for a mindfulness practice recording so hear it is - a mindfulness meditation of the body and breath. There's a brief introduction then we're straight in to the exercise. Give it a go and let me know how you get on!


A thousand words

Episode 10 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. 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...