We have been building resilience in businesses for a number of years but we know that so many people could benefit from what we do. So we are producing podcasts to collect stories from ‘real’ people about their lives, challenges and learning. We think that a range of stories and insights can be enriching for people who may be facing similar challenges or have other thoughts to add. It has enabled us to share resilience thoughts and ideas from many specialists in the field, to provide a bigger picture of how building resilience can make a real difference.
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Eps 071 – Carl Benfield talks about his career in the Army and the role of servant leadership. The Servant Leadership model where the main goal of the leader is to serve is very strong in the military and completely different to the traditional idea of leadership. It requires self-confidence, calmness and the understanding that it’s a position of strength not weakness to look after people. Carl also talks about the links between self-awareness and resilience and the importance of knowing when to take a break or change tack.
Coming soon …
Professor Penny Lewis from Cardiff University is primarily interested developing ways to manipulate sleep. Sleep is critical for both health and cognition and Penny is looking for ways to maximise its beneficial properties, enhancing memory, disarming negative emotions, and combating cognitive decline through ageing.
Katherine Schafler is a Psychotherapist based in New York City who works with people who can present really well, seem completely put together when they want to be, and whose problems are not immediately apparent to others.
Previous podcasts …
Eps 070 -Dr Russell Thackeray In resilience, we often refer to bouncing back, which of course alludes to the fact that somewhere along the line there’s been a failure. In this podcast our own Dr Russell Thackeray tells us that getting something wrong is not the end of the journey. Putting it right and coming back stronger makes failure just a small bump in the road to ultimate success.
Eps 069 – Caroline Johnstone is originally from Northern Ireland but is now living in Ayrshire. In this podcast Caroline talks about how she uses the gentle and therapeutic power of journaling to access and deal with emotions and to move from a place of limitation and fear to a positive outlook in life by harnessing your own wisdom. Caroline is passionate about empowering others to transform and change what isn’t working, to move out of their comfort zones, reduce stress and anxiety by helping you find balance and reconnect with what makes you happy.
Eps 068 – Dr Russell Thackeray gives us his thoughts on how to survive Valentines Day with this short podcast that considers how to avoid all the usual pitfalls, whether to ignore this perennial irritation or to take the opportunity to reconnect with your partner.
Eps 066 – Debbie Hampton tried to kill herself by swallowing over 90 pills after decades of unhealthy living and depression. After a week in a coma, she woke up with a serious brain injury that left her seriously mentally impaired. Debbie spent the first year after her overdose naturally healing and then pursued a number of different therapies to rebuild her brain. In this podcast Debbie talks about the radical changes to her lifestyle and mindset she made to heal herself and her life, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Eps 065 – Katerina Furman uses hypnotherapy as a way to help people with their dreams and struggles. Born in Russia, she graduated with a degree in psychology and then entered the business world, moving to London and working very successfully for a multinational company. Eventually though she returned to her psychology roots and moved into the field of hypnotherapy, which allowed her to combine her personal, work and business experience in the hypnotherapy environment. In this podcast Katerina talks about how hypnosis can help people deal with their problems and enjoy a happier, fuller life.
Eps 064 – Dr Russell Thackeray. In the last podcast of the year Russell closes off 2018 and gives us some tips on getting ready for 2019. Additionally he gives us his views on how we can survive and thrive over the festive period – a time that can be very difficult for some people.
Eps 063 – Ewan Flynn talks about how playing football with his old school friends provided the inspiration for his book We are Sunday League. He also talks about the benefits of football from a fan or player perspective, and the positive effect team sports can bring.
Eps 062 – Patrick Waller tells us how helping his daughter get on the property ladder made him consider the financial uncertainty facing the majority of under 35’s. Hear his thoughts on how a good financial strategy can help build financial resilience for the younger generation by maximising the financial leverage of the older generation.Patrick highlights the short and long-term problems faced by young people not able to get on the property ladder and how the older generation releasing equity from their property and pensions can be seen as sound both financially and socially.
Eps 061 – Rachel Cullen is a writer, blogger, author and runner, as well as a reformed ex-commercial litigation solicitor! Rachel also suffered from bipolar disorder and body dysmorphia and spent many years feeling trapped and miserable, using Prozac and alcohol to live a life that to her wasn’t authentic. Eventually though she turned to running and fitness to change her life and in this podcast, Rachel picks up on how the negativity of being ‘labelled’ has affected her, how it can eliminate possibilities by ‘pigeon holing’ people and stop them from evolving into their next challenge. She also talks about how running gave her the strength to deal with her ‘inner chimp’ as well and her mental health issues.
A series of resilience podcasts by our own Dr Russell Thackeray.
Eps 060 – How to build self-esteem.
Eps 059 – How to build resilient relationships.
Eps 058 – How to create focus and build resilience.
Eps 057 – How to make the most of your holiday.
Eps 056 – Mark Tyrell is a psychology trainer and psychotherapist who specialises in hypnotherapy and the treatment of trauma. In this podcast he discusses how hypnotherapy creates resilience.
Eps 055 – Dr Neil Stanley is an independent sleep expert who works with healthcare professionals, schools, charities and the general public. We all know that sleep is important, so why do we struggle to get enough? We now have an excuse to stay awake.We have somehow excepted not feeling great, as the norm. We take vitamins and energy drinks but still don’t do the one thing that we could do every night to make us feel better, which is sleep. Dr Neil Stanley shares with us the importance of sleep, what poor sleep does to us, how to get a better nights sleep and helps us understand how much sleep we actually need. Discover the biggest enemy of sleep and whether we actually need that mid day nap along with some great tips and advice.
Eps 054 – Jo Emerson is an expert coach in confidence, based in the UK who helps people reach their potential in an authentic way. Many of Jo’s clients have got lost in the cultural soup of shoulds and what we should be doing, which makes them unhappy. Jo helps people find what is truly inside them on a personal level. Her view is that the only way to be truly confident is to be who you actually are and this is authenticity. Jo helps us understand what confidence is and why our inner voice is more dangerous when it comes to our emotional lives. She provides us with advice and strategies to build confidence and be less fearful.
Eps 053 – Kenneth Miller is a clinical and community psychologist who captures the remarkable human capacity for resilience in the face of great adversity. Through the writing of his latest book “War Torn“, Tony looks into the lives of civilians caught up in war’s destructive power in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka.
Eps 052 – Dr Jennifer Guttman is a cognitive behaviouralist in New York City, who believes that you can do something about your moods in the way that you talk to yourself. The more effectively you talk to yourself the more effectively you can function in your life. She has developed her own type of therapy, Sustainable Life Satisfaction (SLS). Jennifer shares her 6 steps to achieving Sustainable Life Satisfaction and a life of contentment. When people master all elements together they have the ability to conquer challenges and become resilient.
Eps 051 – Joshua Smyth is a Professor at the Pennsylvania State University, who focuses on understanding how people, their perceptions and interactions with the world, shape their health. He is uniquely interested in how we respond to stress and manage stress to improve happiness, wellbeing, resilience and health. His strategies have proven to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by a stressful event helping people break down and manage the challenges and stressors in their lives. He had written a book with James W Pennebaker, called Open up by writing it down: How expressive writing improves health and eases emotional pain.
Eps 050 – Anne Grady provides 7 practical strategies to improve emotional intelligence and build unstoppable resilience. Some of these things Anne did by herself but there were other things that she had to learn to improve. As you will discover, part of Anne’s journey is the relentless challenge of raising a mentally ill child. Despite numerous obstacles, challenges, and setbacks, Anne has become a successful entrepreneur, speaker, author, and mental health advocate – sharing humour, insight, and inspiration with organisations and audiences around the world.
Eps 49 – UK Sports Psychologist Rebecca Symes, enhancing performance and wellbeing. There is still stigma towards psychology being there to fix problems but Rebecca tends to work with people when they are performing well but looking for the advantage, the competitive edge. Find out how to develop a culture to nurture your team. What is the relevance of coaching, the importance of failure and the downfall of focusing on winning?
Eps 048 – Andrea Owen has had her share of dramatic and traumatic events. She was at rock bottom but it was also exhilarating because she felt that she was handed an opportunity. She knew that this was her life and she needed to stop these patterns and behaviours and learn to live. Author, mentor, and certified life coach, Andrea helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.
Eps 47 – Mark Wentworth, colour ambassador, helps people to know themselves – what is naturally there through the medium of colour. How the right colours can bring out the best of who they are. Mark shares the different effects that colours have on us from the nurturing browns through to the creative purples. Colour has a language and every colour that we put around us tells part of our story.
Eps 046 – Dr Christine Whelan, author and professor from University of Wisconsin, is passionate about purpose-focused approaches to health, finances and self-improvement strategies for life’s transitions. Find out how to find your purpose in 4 easy steps and understanding the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ to make it happen, that will keep you on track. Living purposefully allows you to embrace opportunities when they come because you have that larger frame of what matters to you and why.
Eps 045 – Jay Papasan is a successful American Writer and Business Executive who has written a huge number of books with Gary Keller, including the No1 Best Sellers The ONE Thing and The Millionaire Real Estate Investor. Jay learnt to fail faster and discovered the importance of his friendships, mentors and coaches. He shares the common process that really extraordinary, successful people follow and some interesting tips and techniques to allow us to apply this process to our own lives.
Eps 044 – Dr Russell Thackeray helps us get stress into perspective. We learn how we need stress in our lives, the biochemistry of how and why it arises and what we can do when things gets out of kilter and our stress levels are too high. Russell takes a closer look at anxiety, he also talks about the unhelpfulness of being pessimistic and the effect that being a perfectionist can have on our stress levels. Resilience is key to combating stress and Russell shares some top tips to improve your levels.
Eps 043 Professor Daniel Simons from Central Illinois USA, works in the area of visual cognition. He discusses the reliability of our human memories and the danger of us trusting that they are accurate. Learn about his famous project The Invisible Gorilla, http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com/gorilla_experiment.html When we focus we tend not to notice other unexpected things. Focus is fascinating.
Eps 042 We have turned the tables and our very own Dr Russell Thackeray takes a closer look at Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and how it can make or break someone. HSP’s are hypersensitive to external stimuli, they have a greater depth of cognitive processing and high emotional reactivity. They automatically have a negative connotation and seem uniquely placed to have a miserable existence…. but they can also have an absolutely fantastic one too! HSP The Superpower!!
Eps 041 Comedian Matt Kazam from Las Vegas shares the experiences and coping strategies that he has devised throughout his 6,000 shows. Humour can diffuse negative situations. It can help us remember things, be more genuine, gain more trust and be more innovative. Matt is keen to empower people with his humour skills, so we can defuse negative situations, improve communications and make the most of meetings and presentations.
Eps 040 Lauri Mackey is a positive crusader and Holistic Coach from Southern California, who wants to empower people to figure out who they are and what they want to be. Do you see your full potential? Some people have mastered it but some are just dipping their toe in the water. How do we give ourselves permission and be honest about what we want?
Eps 039 – Dr Mark Changizi – a theoretical cognitive scientist who created his own lab and started a research industry to fund his work. He focuses on the evolutionary principles underlining why we are the way we are. Why we have evolved to do the kinds of things we do or have the body structures that we have. Mark asks three questions: Why do we see in colour? Why does reading come so naturally to us? How has music mimicked nature?
Eps 038 – He says he is “the laziest guy in the world”. David Allen has spent many years figuring out how to make things happen with the least amount of effort as possible. David, a world renown Productivity Consultant, is best know for creating the time management methodology “Getting Things Done” (GTD). David provides tips and strategies to help us develop clear space, so we can focus on what we are trying to do.
Eps 037 –As a Lecturer at Bangor University and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Judith Roberts is concerned with all aspects of mental health. Judith talks to us about how our stress response gives us energy to do things … but it is what we do with this energy that counts as stress has a more serious side which Judith explores. Find out how stress triggers anxiety and 5 ways that we can boost our mental wellness to tackle stress and beat anxiety.
Eps 036 – Robert Phipps has written a very thought provoking book about body language. He is an expert in his field giving insight on TV in the Trisha Goddard Shows, Big Brother’s Little Brother, The 5 O’clock Show – to name a few. His book is called “Body Language – its what you don’t say that matters”. Robert shares tips and strategies as to how we can improve our awareness of our own body language, so that we can make changes if we want to and gain greater control.
Eps 035 – Candice Walley is a Vinyassa Yoga teacher. Learn how yoga has evolved immensely in recent years and find out why it is possible for anybody to have a go, no matter what their ability or gender. Understand the benefits of yoga, what you need to get started, what you may expect at a yoga class and why we may need to experiment with different styles of yoga.
Eps 034 Following her parents moved from India to Scotland in the early 1970’s, Anu Thompson eventually became a Barrister and member of the Bar in England and Wales. She shares the problems and challenges she has faced in a multicultural society and how she got through the hard times. How she developed early on a clear idea in her mind of what she wanted to be and the approaches she used to get there.
Eps 033 – Anna Richards is a Holistic Therapist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Rackie Healer and the most astounding achievement of all…….. the mother to ten home schooled children. Life is about relationships and the most important connection is between parent and child.
Eps 032 – Alison Benney made some tough choices and took some brave decisions to enable herself to follow her chosen HR career. At the age of 30 she went back to University and spent 9 months in halls of residence to successfully complete a Post Graduate degree. This opened doors to jobs at a higher managerial level and ultimately her goal to run her own HR support business.
Eps 031 – Rugby League player, Luke Ambler is tackling one of the biggest taboos of our time – suicide. It is the biggest killer of men under 45 yrs. Luke’s brother in law took his own life. It was the greatest pain he had ever experienced. Learn about what got Luke through the tough times and how he is trying to get men to talk and raise awareness of mental health.
Eps 030 – Larry Ward is a Dharma teacher who is passionate about neuroscience and meditation. Larry talks us through the three sorts of resilience that he sees in people. How to develop mindfulness through meditation to bring calm, recognise our breathing patterns, understand emotions, “reframe” and make choices.
Eps 029 – Kenneth Miller is a clinical and community psychologist who captures the remarkable human capacity for resilience in the face of great adversity. Through the writing of his latest book “War Torn“, Tony looks into the lives of civilians caught up in war’s destructive power in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka.
Eps 028 – Tony Crabbe, a business psychologist, has written “Busy” – how to thrive in a world of too much – a best seller and one of the top 3 leadership books in 2016. Being “Busy” is a standard response but Tony shows us how to move from being reactive, to more intentional and create environments that allow us to do our best thinking and be creative.
Eps 027 – Captain Rachel Dunn shows real grit and determination, as the first woman to become an Admiralty pilot in the UK. She was recently awarded the Victoria Drummond award for boosting the profile of women at sea. Find out how tough the job is and how she copes with being a woman in a very male dominated world.
Eps 024 – Pauline Durham is just an ordinary person who has done an extraordinary thing…… she rid herself of diabetes. Pauline takes us on her journey of how diabetes crept up on her and what she did to fight back.
Ep 023 – How to handling change, managing stress and improve low self-esteem. Sue Firth is a business psychologist who looks at the relationship between “the way people think and the way they behave”, and has brought this into the corporate world.
Ep 022 – A strong sign of resilience is the ability to constantly change and reinvent. The Next 100 Days podcasts with Kevin Appleby and Graham Arrowsmith, looks at reinvention and making your intentions really happen.
Ep 021- Dr Charles Eugster, who at 97 years of age is a world-renowned expert in successful ageing and multiple world record holder in a variety of sports. Charles hasn’t retired… he’s taken on new challenges, learnt new things, improved his body and his health… but most of all, he’s having fun!
Ep 020 – Corbie Mitleid realises that life comes down to three big questions and it’s all about making choices. If she wanted to change things, it had to start with her. Share Corbies’ brilliant mechanism to deal with stresses and her thoughts around changing your responses to stress if it just won’t go away.
EP 019 – Crystal Goh is a practitioner and neuroscientist working California. She shares with us how Mindfulness, yoga and meditation have transformed her life and how she is working with China to build greater awareness and resilience as many struggle to access help for mental health issues.
Ep 018 – We look at how to be more financially resilient. Patrick Waller of Financial Planning Partners identifies how to make the best of your money, and the effect of money on our life and personal resilience.
Ep 017 – We chat to Steve Gilbert, a volunteer from Sofar Sounds, who describes the impact that Sofar Sounds live music has on the artists who perform, the audiences that listen, and the volunteers who organise, and shares how you can see live music in a lounge near you!
Ep 016 – Russell Thackeray and Janet Webber look back on the Resilience Unravelled Podcasts released this year and get a grip as to what we have learnt from our wide and varied, amazing podcast guests.
Ep 015 – Holly Dickinson is a recruitment consultant by day …. and in her spare time… a natural body builder. With her outstanding self-regulation we wanted to get to grips with what makes Holly tick and understand how she focuses her mind and body.
Ep 014 – With food fads and contradictions flying around, it’s difficult to know what is best to eat. Rachel Course, a passionate Nutritional Therapist, shares valuable and practical information about foods that are key to developing resilience and help us battle through those stressful times.
Ep 013 – Interested in finding out the 5 most important reasons why we have had an explosion of stress related illness and mortality in the last 50-60 years ?… join our conversation with Dr Mary Wingo
Ep 012 – An interview with Jackie Rainford, a vibrant coach, trainer and L&D consultant, who is passionate about supporting people through life and work, especially when “stuck” in some shape or form and unsure which way to go.
Ep 011 – Becca Dean has influenced and enriched the lives of hundreds of young girls as they start to find their feet in the world! Her idea and passion now shines in The Girls Network, who inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.
Ep 010 – Charlotte Waller is certainly a force of nature to be reckoned with. She started running with her Dad at the age of 14 and together ended up running a marathon in every continent. They were the third Parent/Daughter couple ever to do so. Charlotte’s passions are reflected in her work so listen to secrets and tips to help you keep on running.
Ep 009 – If you are struggling to get hired, looking to achieve more in your career, are nervous about interviews or just want a change – this heartening podcast will inspire you to think again before attending your next interview. David Carey’s tips and advise around how you can improve and develop yourself, to create confidence and brightness and reach your full potential.
Ep 008 – Prof Antonia Bifulco is a psychologist and researcher at Middlesex University in London who’s area of interest has been around “How people’s early life stress experiences affect them later on”. She reveals why anxiety has always been an issue and how it affects our resilience. Her work has honed in on the most important factor of building your resilience….and also identifies resilience’s downside!
Ep 007 – It has long been considered that being too sensitive is a weakness, often associated with fragility or vulnerability. But what if sensitivity can give us the edge, creating greater self-awareness and improving emotional intelligence? Is it a trait required to be a resilient leader? An interview with Dr Michael Pluess, a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University of London explores this and more.
Ep 005 – An interview with Peter Fisher, a colourful and versatile violinist, soloist, chamber musician and orchestra director. Peter’s ability to cope with pressure and adaptability has opened doors to an extraordinary career.
Ep 004 – Tiffany Joiner the “yogaplegic” has a story to tell when an accident completely affected her ability to lead her former life. She is genuinely inspirational and her outlook and strategies can help everyone facing adversity – from her ‘pity parties’ to a good ‘belly laugh’.