The Science Of Us is a podcast about who we are, how we behave and why. It explores human behaviour in an attempt to help us better understand ourselves and the minds of those around us. Because at the end of the day, how can we ever aim to improve the way we interact, communicate or work with each other if we don’t understand ourselves. We interview leaders from all walks of human life to get unique perspectives on everything from how we make decisions to the role of emotional agility in sport, managing ego in the workplace and creating sustainable relationships. Powered by Heelix (www.heelix.com), the technology that helps teams and individuals boost their performance through neuroscience.
A greater understanding of mental health
Athletes at the top of their game often talk about the relationship between the mind and body. In fact, it's often the right mental state that can help them achieve amazing results, especially in the face of great adversity. While sport shows us the power of the mind, we can easily forget this when it comes to how we live everyday. One person that is bringing the two together is Cooper Chapman, pro surfer and founder of the Good Human Factory. We chat with him on all things mental health; how it's helped him through his own sport and how he's now helping others understand the power it holds.
Learn more about Cooper at the Good Human Factory: www.thegoodhumanfactory.com
What does it mean to feel psychologically safe?
We all want to feel like we can be free to share our thoughts and ideas in the aid of creating everything from better experiences to new product ideas or ways of working. But the challenge is that if we don't feel safe enough to do so, we will often sit quietly and hold back sharing what could be the next big thing. Psychological safety is something that is gaining a lot of momentum across companies of all shapes and sizes, especially as a result of the pandemic where people are undergoing huge changes to the way they work. But what is psychological safety and do people even understand what it means and why we need it? We sat down with Carolyn Grant, a marketing strategist and publisher of the Boardroom Psychological Safety Benchmark to explore the topic and uncover a deep divide growing among our board and our frontline teams.
See more about Carolyn at www.6peas.com.au
Relationships, beliefs and the nuances in between
As humans we crave connection. It's what separates us from many other parts of the animal kingdom, with our social prowess responsible for the formation of civilisations to the creation of new technologies. Connection is also at the heart of the relationships we enter into, for without it we wouldn't have a growing population. Over the years the approach to relationships has changed but one thing has often remained the same - the idea that there is a one true love out there for all of us and that staying with one person forever is something we all must follow. To explore the role of relationships further, we talk with Rosie Wilby, an award-winning stand up comedian, presenter, producer and published author, about how relationships operate, why we create the narratives we do and what the future of connection might look like.
Check out Rosie's brand new book, The Breakup Monologues and her other books at https://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep?author=Rosie%20Wilby. You can also access the Breakup Monologues podcast at https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-breakup-monologues-with-rosie-wilby/id1310409996
The role of neurodiversity in how we work
As a human race we are all incredibly unique. From gender, race, religion and more, who we are and how we behave is affected by everything from biology through to how we have been raised. But diversity isn't constrained to what we generally see on the outside, there's a lot that happens within, especially when it comes to the brain itself. There are many forms of neurodiversity, form dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD, social anxiety disorders, autism and other conditions. According to Harvard Business Review, many people with these disorders have higher-than-average abilities with research showing that some conditions, including autism and dyslexia, can bestow special skills in pattern recognition, memory, or mathematics. Yet people affected can often struggle to fit the typical profile sought by prospective employers. To learn more, we speak with Bodo Mann, CEO of auticon, a tech consulting firm that exclusively employs adults on the autism spectrum. We talk about neurodiversity more broadly and why it pays to invest in others that might not always be the same as you.
Why should we be mindful?
Mindfulness is a term that has started to gain a lot of attention in recent years. Something that has been practiced for thousands of years through Buddhism and other cultures has now been advanced through apps like Calm, Headspace, Waking up and many more. But why do we need to be mindful at all? How does it help our minds navigate the crazy pace of life and get the space that we so desperately seek? To find out, we sat down with Lisa Forrest, Olympian and Commonwealth Games Champion. She talks through how she began to realise the power the mind had when it came to sport, her own experience of better understanding the mind body relationship and what mindfulness has done for the way she lives.
Check out Lisa's book, Glide, at all good bookstores, with a link here to find out more: https://www.booktopia.com.au/glide-lisa-forrest/book/9781760527891.html
Why we struggle with speaking up
Despite the fact we are told that it is imperative to share openly and freely with the people we work with, so few of us are able to do it. Whether it's providing feedback to someone on a positive or negative experience, sharing thoughts on business strategy or suggesting a way to improve the way you work, most of the time we tend to keep our thoughts to ourselves, rather than share them with those around us. But what happens when a company doesn't look to their people as a source of insight? We chat with Lily Stone and David Steirn, Directors of Enterprise Investigations, on the importance of speaking up to create a culture of trust and most importantly, avoid bigger issues that can cause havoc if not addressed properly.
Loving listening to your conversations
Absolutely loving listening to the insights Tim, so much we don’t know about how our brain works. Can’t believe we process 11 million pieces of info a second in our unconscious mind.
My brain was jumping around the place going from one memory/thought to another....keep them coming.