60 episodes

The Totem Podcast hosted by Mark Smith and Helen Frewin.

Offering insights into the world of psychology and business, with guest speakers and topical chat.

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The Totem Podcast hosted by Mark Smith and Helen Frewin.

Offering insights into the world of psychology and business, with guest speakers and topical chat.

    Episode 60: Christmas Came Early?

    Episode 60: Christmas Came Early?

    Well that's all folks!  The podcast calendar fell awkwardly this year and we had a decision to make, finish this years podcasting whilst we're on holiday in mid December, or wrap it up early.

    So Santa hats and Christmas decorations abound as Mark Smith & Helen Frewin review (a little early)  the magnificence that has been 2021.  We celebrate the highs, lament the lows and look forward to the coming year.

    Have a fabulous Christmas everyone!

    • 20 min
    Episode 59: Influencing Techniques

    Episode 59: Influencing Techniques

    What do Totem & the FBI have in common?  

    Not a lot actually, but we do have a huge amount of respect for their Behavioral Change Stairway Model - which was developed by the FBI’s hostage negotiation unit.  

    It's a 5 step model to influencing others, and in this podcast Mark Smith & Helen Frewin cover the first 4 steps of the process, shedding light on one of the best techniques we know for engaging with and influencing others to get the outcome you want.

    As always, you can find loads of free resources on our website or Pay as You Go tutorials in our online store:

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/online-learning-store/

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 14 min
    Episode 58: Perfectionism isn't Perfect

    Episode 58: Perfectionism isn't Perfect

    Perfectionism is one of those interesting character traits that many aspire too, but it can often lead to drastically negative behaviour.   Research now shows us that perfectionism is an acquired trait, we’re certainly not born with it.  How perfect were your idle doodles as a 4 year old? 

    Perfectionism continually points to our failures, no matter how small and undermines our achievements.  So culturally, why do we prize the perfect outcome?

    In this episode, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin wrestle with this curious phenomenon offering insights and practical tips to recognising the value - and detriment - to perfectionism.

    As always, you can find loads of free resources on our website or Pay as You Go tutorials in our online store:

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/online-learning-store/

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 17 min
    Episode 57: Authentic Leadership

    Episode 57: Authentic Leadership

    As globalisation has taken a hold of business, it’s become increasingly important for leaders to understand their role and capabilities within this new global view.   

    You can no longer ignore the potential gain (or loss, ahem...) to be derived from a single tweet any less than from an incoherent strategic vision.  

    In this episode, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin discuss the role of Authenticity for our leaders as they step forward into the limelight, and how those that are commercially thriving under this scrutiny have done so by introducing a transparency and authenticity to their interactions with the world.  

    As always, you can find loads of free resources on our website or Pay as You Go tutorials in our online store:  

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/ 

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/online-learning-store/  

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 22 min
    Episode 56: Acceptance Commitment Therapy

    Episode 56: Acceptance Commitment Therapy

    In this Episode, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin dive into the (relative) deep end of psychology in the work place - and specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT.

    ACT gets it name from it's core messages, namely to accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves what is in your control.  It's a modern mash up of CBT, Mindfulness and a few others.

    We once read that Action Commitment Therapy is "A therapy so hard to classify that it has been described as an existential humanistic cognitive behavioural therapy."  

    We're not too sure if that is an endorsement or not?  But we're certainly huge fans and would recommend it as an approach to untangling a few of the tricky situations we find ourselves in from time to time.

    As always, you can find loads of free resources on our website or Pay as You Go tutorials in our online store:

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/online-learning-store/

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 17 min
    Episode 55: Better than Confidence

    Episode 55: Better than Confidence

    It's official, Helen's book has arrived!  Well, sort of...  

    There is a draft version in circulation, being read and edited this summer ready for publication in early Decemeber.  But what has the journey been like, how difficult is it to write a book?    

    Helen Frewin offers us her thoughts on the book writing process, as well as an extended peak at the content of her book - Better than Confidence! 

    As always, you can find loads of free resources on our website or Pay as You Go tutorials in our online store:  

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/ 

    http://www.totem-consulting.com/online-learning-store/    

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 18 min

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