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. #SliceofPIE
ACT in sport psychology - Jo Davies
I am joined in this episode by chartered Sport Psychologist Jo Davies for. Jo runs her own sport psych 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 it's applications in Sport - in particular the role of values, and how clarity over these can be beneficial for both individuals and teams.
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.
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? 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.
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…
Sport and management consultancy - Jenna Woolven
In episode 4 of season 2, we speak to Jenna Woolven. Jenna has got a very impressive list of experiences across many environments, both as an athlete and a sport psychology consultant. She played national level and junior international level hockey before transitioning into sports marketing, and then into her sport and exercise psychology. Jenna then went on to work for sports and management consultancy Lane4, where she worked with various businesses and sports organisations, including a year where she was embedded into the Football Association and based at St George’s Park. She’s now an independent consultant and passionate about helping people to realise their potential, achieve their goals and live more fulfilled lives. In this conversation we talk about consulting with sporting or business teams, being embedded in organisations, and how to help bring about meaningful engagement with sport or work.
Sport psychology on the road - Elliott Newell (Part One)
In the third episode of Season 2 I get to talk to talk to Pathway Scientist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) - Elliott Newell. Elliott's conversation with Dan Abrahams on The Sport Psych Show was the first time I had heard of the 'PIE' so you can largely credit Elliott with the title of the podcast. Elliott is a sport and performance scientist (BASES Accredited/Science Council Chartered) with specialism in psychological support. He works in high performance sport with a focus on talent development, and using talent development knowledge and strategies to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of performance pathways. He's a huge advocate of personal growth and development, and this is evident in our conversation. Elliott racks up a lot of miles collaborating with athletes, coaches and talent pathway coaches, traveling far and wide to connect the dots within his sphere of the high performance system - hence the title, 'sport psychology on the road'.