29 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 29: Vulnerability

    Episode 29: Vulnerability

    It strikes us that the traditional view that managers must have all the right answers and never be seen as weak, is more damaging now than ever before.

    We want an engaged team of talented people to lead us forward to great success, and that only happens by gaining their trust.  A great place to start is in building trust is through selective vulnerability.  In this podcast, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin discuss the concept of vulnerability in the workplace.  When is it appropriate?  How to use it?  Does it actually work?

    We explore these questions and more, whilst sharing our own personal & business insights as to why we think this will be a future proof skill for the next generation of managers.

    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/

    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 19 min
    Episode 28: Coaching for All

    Episode 28: Coaching for All

    We have been delighted this year to have received more requests for coaching than ever before.  We’re delighted because we love doing it.  

    It’s one thing working with 12 people on a workshop, but the difference we can see in someone, working 1:1 over six months, is incredibly rewarding.

    Following on from last weeks podcast about Coaching - Mark Smith & Helen Frewin discuss just how useful coaching and it's techniques can be in everyday life, in every context and for everyone.  Touching on the key questions to ask one another through to your mindset when hearing the answer...

    As promised in the podcast, here is the link to a highly recommended training course in Listening:



    https://acornchristian.org/



    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/



    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.



    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934



    Have a great day everybody!

    • 23 min
    Episode 27: Coaching

    Episode 27: Coaching

    Feeling stuck?  Maybe you know where you want to get to, but you’re going around in circles.  Or maybe you haven’t worked out yet what direction you want to take.

    1:1 coaching gives you the thinking space and time to make progress.  To work out what’s working, what’s not and what you can do about it.

    In this episode, Mark Smith & Helen Frewin discuss how you can maximise the benefits of coaching by defining your objectives, starting with an open mind and evaluating what you are gaining from the time and money you are investing.

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

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

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

    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 21 min
    Episode 26: Work Life Harmony

    Episode 26: Work Life Harmony

    “How do I achieve a better work-life balance?”

    People ask us this all the time, and we feel like it’s the wrong question.  Because balance seems elusive and something we will never achieve. 

    It’s always a weighing-up exercise, as we work to balance the scales. Shall I put work first, or family first?  That project or my self-care?  This deadline or the opportunity to play with the kids?  These seem like impossible choices and choices that leave us feeling full of guilt.  And that’s not great for work or life.

    In this podcast Mark Smith and Helen Frewin explore Work-Life Harmony - an internal calm, feeling good about what you’re doing, no matter how busy you are or whether that thing you’re doing is work or personal - integrating all of life: family, friends, the things we love, work, self-care, all together. 

    As promised in the show, here is the link to Peter Bregman's book 18 Minutes:

    https://bregmanpartners.com/books/18-minutes/

    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/

    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 15 min
    Episode 25: Self Care September

    Episode 25: Self Care September

    This week we're celebrating the work of Action for Happiness, and focusing on their Self-Care September.  Inspired by a previous podcast (Episode 22) Mark Smith and Helen Frewin discuss the idea of self care, and that it is not selfish.

    Exploring practical tips to rest and relax, we dig deeper into the importance of restorative care.  After all, we're not robots or machines, we don't have batteries that can be recharged or software that can be instantly updated.  So let's reclaim a little of our humanity and remember what it is to be a Human Being - not a human doing.

    To connect with Action for Happiness you can visit here:

    https://www.actionforhappiness.org/

    https://www.actionforhappiness.org/self-care-september

    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/

    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 19 min
    Episode 24: Don't Game the Recruitment System

    Episode 24: Don't Game the Recruitment System

    Maybe the way we’ve been brought up to think about job seeking isn’t so helpful...  Mark Smith & Helen Frewin take a turn for the unexpected in this week's podcast.

    Originally billed as an opportunity for those seeking work to learn what may be expected of them during a recruitment process, they discover two very simple truths.  How you project yourself and honesty are more important during the recruitment process than ever before.  

    Create a life you want to lead, not the life you have to lead.

    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/

    And our podcast can be found on most mainstream platforms too, including Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

    https://open.spotify.com/show/1wTd7m3g1fcJoWjiSqTBuI

    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1507293934

    Have a great day everybody!

    • 15 min

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