What is a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE)? And what does it look like across the worlds of sport, business, the military, education, the performing arts and many other performance fields? With 14 years working in marketing strategy for blue chip companies and 6 years training towards Sports and Performance Psychology chartership, I am seeking to find what each domain can learn from the other. To do so, I'm speaking to high performance experts, psychologists and those at the forefront of leadership, teamwork and organisational psychology research.#SliceofPIEWebsite: https://www.petejackson.co.uk/
Social Identity (Part Two!) - Dr Matt Slater & Chris Hartley
Join me for the second in a two-parter we recorded last year - a conversation about Social Identity. In fact, with the Euros in full swing, this is a great time to revisit the first part (here) as well as Gareth Southgate's recent interview on the High Performance Podcast (here).
Dr. Matt Slater from Staffordshire University and Chris Hartley from the University of Stirling spend a lot of time thinking about groups, identity and leadership.
Dr. Matt Slater is Associate Professor of Sport & Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, a chartered Psychologist and an active researcher with interests in the psychology of leadership and team functioning in performance contexts. He is also the Author of the book ‘Togetherness: How to Build a Winning Team’, published in 2019.
Chris Hartley is also a chartered and HCPC registered practitioner in sport and exercise psychology, and a Lecturer in sport psychology at the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK). His PHD research adopted a social identity theory perspective, where he aimed to understand how a social identity and the self-categorisation process underpins the provision and receipt of social support. Chris has also previously worked in performance academies, University Scholarship programmes, and consulted with several sport NGBs and a range of individual clients. He’s helped organise the 2nd International Conference on Social Identity in Sport (ICSIS) which took place in June 2019 in Stirling.
Matt and Chris join me for the SECOND part of the first ever group discussion on Slice of PIE - and we talk about identity, leadership, the transience of groups and the powerful wellness impacts of social groups amongst many other topics.
This is Part 2 of the discussion so make sure to check out Part 1 when you can.
You can find more about Matt and Chris here:
Dr Matt Slater
The New Psychology of Sport & Exercise:
Working in elite football & rugby - Joe Dixon
In this episode we speak to someone who has worked, and is currently working in professional football and rugby. Joe Dixon is a fellow graduate of the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology Masters as Staffordshire University and now performance psychologist at Stoke City Football Club and Bath Rugby. Joe had a career in Occupational Psychology before he pivoted into sport, working in HR and as a consultant. This took him as far away as Western Australia and the buzzing industries circulating around natural resources. As we’ll hear in the interview, the call came one day to pack up the Australian life and move back to the UK to enter the world of professional football....
Follow Joe on Twitter:
Check out the Psychology of Soccer:
ACT in sport psychology - Jo Davies
I am joined in this episode by chartered Sport Psychologist Jo Davies. Jo runs a sport psychology consultancy, based out of Reigate in Surrey, and is the sport psychology lead at The Army Elite Athlete Performance Centre, working with the Army Target Shooting and Army Boxing Teams. She is also a sport psychologist for TASS (the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) and previously worked with the academy athletes at Surrey County cricket. She also supports several scholars at British Universities and is a guest lecturer at undergraduate and masters level sport psychology programs. How does she fit it all in…!?
In our conversation we talk about Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and its applications in Sport - in particular the role of values, and how clarity over these can be beneficial for both individuals and teams.
You can find Jo here:
High performance in eSports - Ismael Pedraza
My guest this week is Ismael Pedraza, or 'Isma'.
Isma is a performance psychologist working as a practitioner and researcher in Germany, who has come via Finland, Australia and his home country of Colombia where he played a high standard of football.
He’s currently the performance coach for Rogue, a professional eSports team in Europe that participates in the League of Legends European Championship. He is also on the managing council of ENYSSP, the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology. ENYSSP is a fantastic network for practitioners young and old, interested in sport and performance psychology and pre-COVID, their conferences were a key staple in the sport psychology calendar, based at stunning locations around Europe. See a link to ENYSSP below.
If like me, you are slightly in the dark about this juggernaut that is eSports, this discussion will be a useful eye opener in to the culture, language and pressures that exist in this environment.
Links to Isma:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Isma_pedraza
- Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ismael_Pedraza
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ismael-pedraza-06475bbb/
- Website: http://thementalcraft.com/
Weldon Green's 'Mind Games':
The long win - Cath Bishop
In this episode I speak to Cath Bishop. A speaker, consultant, executive coach and author on developing success in leadership. Cath is also a former diplomat and former elite rower for Great Britain, representing at 3 Olympic games, achieving World Champion status twice as well as an Olympic Silver Medal in partnership with Dame Katherine Grainger in the coxless pair in Athens.
A cursory glance at Cath’s Wikipedia or LinkedIn might give you the impression of one word… SUCCESS. Yet it’s the notion of what is defined as success which sits at the heart of her new book The Long Win. Is success the outcome or the journey towards it? Is it the medals and quarterly targets or the skills and growth you gain along the way? And why is our culture obsessed with winning?
I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing Cath and getting deeper into some of the topics within the book. If you are interested I’ve left a link to the book in the description below, along with a host of other books I've read and have been recommended in the world of psychology, organisation culture, wellbeing and performance.
In our conversation we jump straight into the themes from the book and the implications for building psychologically informed environments. We only lightly touch upon Cath's own Olympic and athletic journey, but if you’d like to find out more I’d invite you to listen to Cath's interviews with Simon Mundie on Don’t Tell Me the Score and Steve Ingham on The Supporting Champions podcast to learn more. Again, see these links below:
The Long Win:
Cath Bishop on Don't Tell Me The Score:
Cath Bishop on Supporting Champions:
What we can learn from the military - Richard Waddell
In the spirit of speaking to different types of experts I have been wanting to a) speak to people in the world of consulting that help companies improve team effectiveness and develop leaders, and b) speak to people that have worked in teams in the furnace of the military environment. With this episode's guest Richard Waddell, I am fortunate to get 2 for the price of 1 … !
After passing through officer training at Sandhurst, Richard was in the UK one moment, and 48 hours later on the ground in Basrah commanding a troop of soldiers, some of whom were far older and more experienced in the military. After navigating this and many other challenges, Richard eventually came out of the military and entered the world of consulting - working for large firms and starting his own businesses in talent identification, recruitment and leadership development amongst other things.
In this episode we talk about leadership styles in different contexts, military insights applied to sport and business, recruitment, talent identification and consultancy, psychometric profiling tools…
You can find Richard in the following places:
Just listened to the Jamie Barker episode. Very insightful. Looking forward to hear others.
Insightful and engaging.
A fascinating series of podcasts, with varied and interesting guests, that give real insight into the world of sport psychology (and beyond!)
I’m a psychology novice - Pete and his guests have been fantastic breaking it open for me. The best bit about this all -sport, life, work, play..... a Slice of Pie covers it all.