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People Soup - nourishing the mind, flourishing at work

97 EpisodesProduced by Ross McIntosh - a work psychology podcastWebsite

It was psychologist Abraham Maslow who said "A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting." That was the inspiration for this podcast. More than ever the world of work is a heady mix of people, behaviour, events and challenges. When the blend is right it can be first-rate. Behaviou… read more

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Psychological safety in virtual teams with Alexandra Lechner

July 28th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 11 - P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in –this week it’s a chat with Alexandra Lechner - where we talk about her ground breaking …

The Unbreakable Student with Dr Nic Hooper - Part 2

July 8th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 10

Hi there and a very warm welcome to Season 4 Episode 10 of People Soup.

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in –this week it’s what …

Big G, Hadrian & the five ways to well-being

June 24th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 9

Welcome P-Soupers. This episode is a surprise interlude, it's a bit of slow radio with an important message about well-being too. Hear me chat with my Dad, Big G, on one of his daily walks, where he's …

The Unbreakable Student with Dr Nic Hooper - Part 1

June 16th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 8

Welcome aboard P-Soupers! This week I chat to psychologist, author and lecturer, Dr Nic Hooper about his new book - The Unbreakable …

Thanks for Asking

June 8th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 7

Hi P-Soupers, thanks for tuning in – this week it’s another cup-a-soup called Thanks for Asking. I want to build upon last week’s …

Getting Curious

June 1st, 2021


Season 4 Episode 6

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in –this week it’s another cup a soup with me called 'Getting Curious' - I want to build upon last week’s episode - perspectacles - and really consider how we can get …


May 25th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 5

P-Soupers, thanks for tuning in. This week it’s a cup-a-soup with me. I want to talk to you about perspective taking and how that …

Dr Stan Steindl - Part 2

May 18th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 4

P _Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week it’s part two of my chat with Dr. Stan Steindl, clinical psychologist, author, expert …

Dr Stan Steindl - Part 1

May 11th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 3

P _Soupers – thanks for tuning in –this week it’s part one of my chat with Dr. Stan Steindl.

Stan is based in Brisbane, Australia, …

Dr Diana Hill - Part 2

May 2nd, 2021


Season 4 Episode 2

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in, this week it’s part two of my chat with Dr. Diana Hill, clinical psychologist, ACT expert, …

Dr Diana Hill - Part 1

April 25th, 2021


Season 4 Episode 1

A very warm welcome to season 4! I'm delighted to share the first part of my chat with Dr Diana Hill.

Diana is a clinical …

Season 3 Reflections - in the bag!

April 3rd, 2021


Season 3 Episode 45

Hi P-Soupers - we're at the end of Season three and I'd like to share two lists and two quotes.

It isn't always easy looking back at stuff we've done - and we tend to focus on the mistakes and …

Ross on the Maintain the Design Podcast - Part 2

March 7th, 2021


Hi there and a very warm welcome to Season 3 Episode 44 of People Soup.

P-Soupers, thanks for tuning in. This week, it’s part 2 of my interview on the Maintain the Design podcast. Yip – you can hear me in the hot-seat.

So …

Ross on the Maintain the Design Podcast - Part 1

February 14th, 2021


Season 3 Episode 43

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week the tables are turned – and it’s me in the hot-seat for the Maintain the Design podcast.

People Soup is an award winning podcast where we share evidence …

Ann Parkinson - Part 2

February 7th, 2021


Season 3 Episode 42

P-Soupers, thanks for tuning in! This week, it’s part two of my chat with physiotherapist, coach and author, Ann Parkinson.

In this part of the conversation we dive into Ann’s book, "Dancing Through …

Bonus with Ann Parkinson - Awareness & Breathing Exercise

January 24th, 2021


Season 3 Episode 41

Hey P-Soupers - it's a special bonus episode. We were talking about the changes of context for people in the workplace and Ann kindly agreed to share an Awareness and Breathing Exercise. Why not give …

Ann Parkinson - Part 1

January 17th, 2021


Season 3 Episode 40

Thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part one of my chat with physiotherapist, coach and author, Ann Parkinson.

We cover loads in our chat – including Ann’s career pathway, her thirst for learning, …

Dr Eric Goodman - Part 2

January 1st, 2021


Season 3 Episode 39

P -Soupers – thanks for tuning in, this week, it’s part two of my chat with psychologist, anxiety specialist and author, Dr Eric …

Dr Eric Goodman - Part 1

December 20th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 38

Hi P-Soupers - this week it's part one of my chat with psychologist, author and anxiety specialist, Dr Eric Goodman.

You'll hear …

Reflections on the ACBS UK&ROI Conference 2020

December 9th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 37

it’s a special episode – with three mini interviews. Way back in November 2020 – was the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science UK & ROI conference – a two day extravaganza of research, …

ACT Diary 2020 - my reflections

November 20th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 36

It's a cup a soup this week. In this 10 minute episode you can hear me reflect on how I've used the ACT Diary over a turbulent …

Dr Jim Lemon - Part 2

October 31st, 2020


Season 3 Episode 35

P-Soupers - welcome to Part 2 of my chat with Dr Jim Lemon. Jim is the Head of the Medical Paediatric Psychology Services in NHS …

Dr Jim Lemon - Part 1

October 4th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 34

P-Soupers - welcome to Part 1 of my chat with Dr Jim Lemon. Jim is the Head of the Medical Paediatric Psychology Services in NHS …

Rikke Kjelgaard - Part 2

September 18th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 33

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part two of my chat with my friend, the psychologist and badass - Rikke …

Rikke Kjelgaard - Part 1

August 23rd, 2020


Season 3 Episode 32

P-Soupers - what a privilege it was to welcome Rikke Kjelgaard to People Soup.

Rikke is a licensed psychologist, an expert in …

Dr Ray Owen - Part 2

July 5th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 31

P-Soupers – thanks for tuning in – this week – it’s part two of my chat with clinical psychologist and brilliant human, Dr Ray …

Dr Ray Owen - Part 1

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 2

June 12th, 2020


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 …

Dr Shane McLoughlin - Part 1

June 2nd, 2020


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 …

Mr Benn, Lou & Ross too

May 2nd, 2020


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 …

Dr Annie Gascoyne - Part 2

April 21st, 2020


Season 3 Episode 26

Or...All about Organisational Flexibility.

I’m starting with a quote from Walt Whitman today –

“I am large, I contain …

Dr Annie Gascoyne - Part 1

April 13th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 25

Today's episode is part 1 of my conversation with Dr Annie Gascoyne. Annie’s PhD research explored psychological flexibility AND …

Check-in with Dr Dayna Lee-Baggley

March 29th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 24

Hey P-Soupers - I almost called this episode 'Help, my caveman brain's on fire' but I thought that might be a bit niche.

This is a check in with our previous guest, behaviour change expert, Registered …

ABC with Our Big G

March 22nd, 2020


Season 3 Episode 23

Hey P-Soupers! I wanted to present a simple and useful resource for these extraordinary times and I also bring a very special …

Dr Ian Tyndall - Part 2

March 15th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 22

It's Part 2 of my conversation with Dr Ian Tyndall. He's a cognitive-behavioural psychologist at the University of Chichester and …

Dr Ian Tyndall - Part 1

March 8th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 21

On Friday I had the great opportunity to visit the University of Chichester and speak to some of their Masters Students about ACT in the workplace and coaching. I was invited by Ian Tyndall, who is a …

Flaxintosh Poetry Corner

March 1st, 2020


Season 3 Episode 20

It's another 'on the road' recording. What do Flaxintosh do on the road? I’d come across a poem that I wanted to share with Paul – …

Blankety Blank

February 16th, 2020


Season 3 Episode 19

Have you ever felt stuck? Writer's block, the blank page, starting a new exercise or diet regime?

In this short episode I share my experience of restarting the podcast after our mid-season break in …

Dr Dayna Lee-Baggley : Healthy Habits Suck

January 1st, 2020


Season 3 Episode 18

P-Soupers - it's the second part of our festive special and have I got a treat for you. Have a listen to my conversation with Dr …

Louise Gardner - ACT Auntie

December 22nd, 2019


Season 3 Episode 17

Hey P-Soupers - it's the first part of our festive special. My conversation with artist and illustrator - Louise Gardner. What a joy it was to speak to Louise.

We hear about her journey as an artist - …


December 21st, 2019


What a gift!

In our latest episode with the wonderful Dr Becky Quicke - I included a brief informercial half way through.

The product I wanted to share …

Becky Quicke - menopause psychologist

December 15th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 16

This is a special edition – a hearty soup for you to enjoy – It’s my interview with Dr Becky Quicke – a clinical psychologist who …

Suzanne Tarrant - Part 2

December 8th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 15

It's Part 2 of my conversation with Suzanne Tarrant who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Staff Psychological …

Suzanne Tarrant - Part 1

December 1st, 2019


Season 3 Episode 14

It's the first part of my conversation with Suzanne Tarrant. Suzanne is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Staff …

Slow Radio

November 24th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 13

This is a bonus episode. Last week I anticipated the train journey from Newcastle to Hexham. This week you can join us on the actual journey. It's the perfect antidote to the modern, busy world - …

Flaxintosh Road Trip Part 2

November 17th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 12

Welcome to the second part of our recording on the road. In this episode you'll hear me and my ACT pal, Dr Paul Flaxman, chatting …

Flaxintosh Road Trip Part 1

November 10th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 11

Welcome one and all. It's another first for People Soup - a recording on the road. In this episode you'll hear me and my ACT pal - …

Grief at Work

October 27th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 10

In this episode I share my personal experience of grief and what I've found useful over the last six months with a particular …

The Lighthouse

September 29th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 9

This week – it’s a cuppa soup. A short episode – the lighthouse – it combines a poem I learned at school with a reflection on how …

Legally Blonde

September 15th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 8

A short episode where I draw upon one of my favourite films to illustrate how I can get tangled up in the drama of the courtroom in my mind - I'm captivated by the cut and thrust of the arguments for …


September 1st, 2019


Season 3 Episode 7

Well P-Soupers - the weeks are fair flying by. This week - using lemons - I try and show how we can develop stories that may impact …

The Pen

August 26th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 6

This episode could also be called, our inner and outer world. It presents a short exercise intended to illustrate the difference …

Exploring ACT training with Leo Hepler, Jaimie Persson & Paul Flaxman - Part 2

August 18th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 5

The conversation continues with a focus on how to introduce the concept of skilfully relating to the content that our minds can …

Exploring ACT training with Leo Hepler, Jaimie Persson & Paul Flaxman - Part 1

August 11th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 4

That's quite a title and this is quite a two parter. I was lucky enough to have the chance to discuss ACT in the workplace with Dr …

Imposter Syndrome with Maddy Scott

August 5th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 3

What fun we had recording this episode! There are two firsts, our first live recording with an audience and our first mash-up with Maddy Scott - one of the co-hosts of the Freaking the F Out Podcast!

Dr Guy Meadows : The Sleep School - Part 2

July 28th, 2019


Season 3 Episode 2
I was so pleased to have Guy as a guest - he's such an inspiration. This episode is packed with goodies. We discuss The Sleep …

Dr Guy Meadows : The Sleep School - Part 1

July 21st, 2019


Welcome to Season 3 Episode 1. It's the first part of my conversation with Dr Guy Meadows - co-founder and clinical director of The Sleep School.

We …

Bonus Episode - Season 3 Preview

July 14th, 2019


Bonus Episode!

Consider this a bridge to Season 3 of People Soup. As there's been a natural break I've decided it's the ideal time to launch a new season. I talk about the death of my beloved Mum and preview some of the …

Sarah Bonner - Part 2 - Tapping into Black Magic

April 14th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 23

Here's Part 2 of my conversation with psychologist, Sarah Bonner.

We focus in on Sarah's research into the experience of black …

Sarah Bonner - Part 1 - Phenomenal Woman

April 7th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 22

What a guest I've got for you P-Soupers! Meet Sarah Bonner, organisational psychologist.

In part 1 - Sarah tells us a bit about …

Start Close In

March 17th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 21

This week I was in central London with my ACT pal, Paul Flaxman - delivering a 2 day train the trainer workshop for our ACT in the …

What Would Greta Do?

March 10th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 20

Here I reflect on the Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg. Greta has taken action on an issue that she cares about deeply. I draw upon the work of Stephen Covey to consider how we can take action on …

Lauren May - the experience of caring for people with dementia

January 27th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 19
This week, I welcomed our first guest of 2019 - a fellow organisational psychologist & talented researcher, Lauren May. Lauren …

What are we swimming in?

January 20th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 18

I reflect on my week in relation to a metaphor about fish swimming in water and relate it to us humans swimming in our thoughts.

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Values - Two Top Tips

January 13th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 17

Drawing on the popular hit parade I present two top tips for working with values. I use these frequently so I thought you might …

A story about working with values

January 6th, 2019


Season 2 Episode 16

Here I share a story from my life - about how I've worked with values. It's become quite popular in group training so I thought it …

Positive Pioneers - Bailey & French - Part 2

December 30th, 2018


Season 2 Episode 15

This is Part 2 of my conversation with Joshua French and Jonny Line, who pioneer the use of positive psychology in organisations …

Positive Pioneers - Bailey & French - Part 1

December 23rd, 2018


Season 2 Episode 14

For our Christmas Special let's dive into positive psychology with a two part-er featuring our friends, Jonny and Joshua from …


December 9th, 2018


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 …

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

December 2nd, 2018


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 …

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

November 25th, 2018


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 …

Part 2 - Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver

October 28th, 2018


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 …

Part 1 - Dr Paul Flaxman and Dr Joe Oliver

October 21st, 2018


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 …

A conversation with Nicky Hemmings

October 14th, 2018


Season 2 Episode 8

What an absolute delight to spend some time chatting with Nicky Hemmings - lead psychologist at Soma Analytics. We discussed …

Daily Audio Values Diary

October 7th, 2018


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 …

A conversation with Dr Mike Sinclair

September 30th, 2018


Season 2 Episode 6
Dr Mike Sinclair is Clinical Director of the City Psychology Group, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, ACT practitioner and …

Noticing & the happy robots

September 23rd, 2018


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 …

What are you two clucking about?

September 16th, 2018


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 …

Are you OK? I'm here for you

September 9th, 2018


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 …

Exploring values with Jonny Line

September 2nd, 2018


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 …

Dr Nic Hooper - ACT & the diary for valued action

August 27th, 2018


Season 2 - Episode 1
Ross chats with Dr Nic Hooper - Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of West England (UWE), ACT Researcher & …

The science of vacations with Shannon Horan

July 15th, 2018


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, …

Chat with Paul Flaxman about the ACBS World Conference

July 8th, 2018


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 …

ACT and Us - with Maddy Scott

July 1st, 2018


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 …

How we got into ACT with Maddy Scott

June 23rd, 2018


Episode 13
I'm in conversation with my very first guest - friend and fellow organisational psychologist, Maddy Scott. We're both students and …

Leadership and the Triflex

June 18th, 2018


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 …

Body and Breath Exercise

June 10th, 2018


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 …

A thousand words

June 3rd, 2018


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 …

Noticing the cave dweller

May 20th, 2018


Episode 9
Here Ross describes three of the key features of our cave dweller minds and explores how they can generate content that is not always …

Two gears of the mind

May 7th, 2018


Episode 8
Here Ross aims to strengthen the case for developing the skill of present moment awareness or mindfulness. He does so by revealing the two …

Flexibility in work relationships

April 29th, 2018


Episode 7
Do you have a relationship in the workplace that could be improved? In this episode Ross presents real life examples and techniques from …

Getting Unplugged

April 22nd, 2018


Episode 6
Are you 'always on'? Ross talks about work recovery and draws upon research by Professor Sabine Sonnentag. He shares 4 top ingredients for effective recovery activities and also recommends that you consider …

Orienteering at Work

April 15th, 2018


Episode 5
Ross talks about the idea of exploring and reconnecting with what's important to us at work. He shares what matters to him as his career …

What's the story - Cruella de Choice?

April 7th, 2018


Episode 4
In this episode Ross illustrates the way our stories can limit our behavioural repertoire and provides a tip on how to change our relationship with our own stories. He also provides a recommendation for …

Look at yourself and then make a change

March 30th, 2018


Episode 3
Ross introduces a leadership lesson from pop that includes some top tips on modelling. He also updates on the evolution of the People Soup …

Can I have a word please? Passengers on the bus

March 24th, 2018


Episode 2
Here I reflect on how our thoughts can influence our behaviour - and perhaps stop us doing things that are important to us.

Autopilot And The Wandering Mind

March 17th, 2018


Episode 1
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 …

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