Bijal and her Scouts member

Our intergenerational society

Bijal looks back on International Youth Day and reflects on what this means to her. I find that people can sometimes become confused between demographic age categories and generations. We often use the terms interchangeably. We all progress through the age bands, where key milestones happen. In your 20s these may be obtaining a mortgage…

Hands all connected

Building an effective team

Craig discusses what makes an effective team. If you look for the definition of an effective team, people will give you different answers. For me, I believe an effective team is where: •  people feel engaged, confident and competent with their work •  people build meaningful relationships with each other, and conversations about home, hobbies…

Taxi

The power of beliefs

David discusses how beliefs impact behaviour and how he overcomes negative self-belief. What are beliefs? When I talk about beliefs, I’m referring to things that we, as individuals, hold to be true. The amazing thing about beliefs is that our brain processes them as ‘entirely true’, even if they aren’t. There are pros and cons…

World's best boss mug

What makes a great boss?

Emma reflects on International Boss’s Day and what it means to be a boss. My first real boss was when I started at Rambutan. Before that, I’d only worked part-time as a waitress, so I didn’t know what a true boss was like. I started contemplating what others believe a boss should be, so I…

Brain showing our characteristics

Owning your own genius

Chris has been contemplating how you can take ownership of your role and encourage your people to take ownership of theirs. The vast majority of people want to do an amazing job at work and showcase their best self. As leaders, we need to create the space and remove any roadblocks for that ownership to…

Sat still, meditating on a hill

Be still and listen

Rebecca reflects on the true meaning of listening and how being still may be the best answer. Early in my career, I learned about body language during a management development course. I was taught about mirroring the other person’s actions and nodding along whilst they were talking. However, I didn’t truly understand listening until my…

Birthday cake with two candles

Celebrating the big and the small

Emma and Ellie reflect on celebrating success and the importance of micro-moments. Recently we were surprised by our bunch colleagues with a remix of ‘Happy Birthday’ to celebrate our one-year work anniversary at Rambutan, alongside a cupcake or two! This gesture reminded us of a talk we attended at a recent CIPD (Chartered Institute of…

Chris

How to self-coach

Chris has been chatting about what self-coaching means to him. For me, self-coaching is developing the information you have inside of you, right here, right now, to tackle the task at hand. Several years ago, I was due to travel to a swimming competition in Wales. Even when I booked it into the diary, I…

Leeds football ground

What’s your tribe?

Rebecca discusses how social influences can affect your behaviours. At Rambutan, we’re fascinated by people’s behaviours. Our ‘Why people do what they do’ model focuses on personal and cultural factors that influence the way we behave; social influences are one such cultural factor. Most people unconsciously adapt their behaviour to fit their social norms. The…

Rambutan bunch having

One year on…

Emma and Ellie reflect on their learnings and experiences during their first year at Rambutan. We’ve now been part of the bunch for a year. What a year it’s been! This time last year, we’d just opened our A-Level results and the first door had opened for us into the world of work. This year…

Bijal and Craig chatting

Making the relationship ‘official’

Bijal reflects on her relationship with Rambutan, as she’s now officially part of the bunch. Many years ago, I joined a friend on a night out with my new boyfriend. We were asked if we were ‘Facebook official’, which greatly amused him! We’d never heard that term before, but apparently, relationship stages can be measured…

Simple office space

Narrowing down to level up

Tracy contemplates focusing in rather than spreading herself too thin. Lately, I’ve been wondering how I can improve my time management. Am I taking on too much or is there another reason I’m struggling to really shine in the areas I’m most proud of? Am I jumping from one task to another too quickly, without…

Leading a team

The ‘power’ in empowerment

Craig discusses how important empowerment is to improving leadership. As a leader, I believe one of the most powerful things you can do is empower your people. I know this isn’t a groundbreaking concept, but I believe it’s incredibly important. Empowerment not only has benefits for your people, customers and organisation, but also for engagement,…

Glass half full or half empty

Positive Thinking Day

Chris was musing on the up-and-coming Positive Thinking Day and what that means to him. For me, it’s a reminder of how having a positive mindset is so powerful. It’s about looking at the glass half full as opposed to half empty. I’m a massive believer that the brain is a great problem-solving tool, but…

Never give up

Never give up

Sue was contemplates the phrase ‘never give up’ and what it means to her. As an older woman, my self-talk over the decades has regularly included the mantra ‘never give up’. In fact, I’ve even considered having it engraved on my headstone! Growing up in the 1980s, I believed I was an independent woman, a…

Lake next to treetops

Have you looked up?

When you’re on a train do you look at the scenery, or spend the time on your devices? Emma reflects on her recent train journey, and the amount of time she spent on her phone. A few weeks ago, I travelled on the train to Manchester (for a much-needed weekend away!). The journey was three…

Cogs in a brain

It’s all about the environment

Rebecca considers how environmental factors within our unique ‘Why people do what they do model’ may impact your behaviours. Our ‘Why people do what they do’ model shows the personal and cultural factors that may impact your behaviour. At Rambutan, we believe these factors push, pull and shove you into behaving in certain ways, in…

You belong

You belong…we all belong

Can a massively important subject be simplified into a single question? Some very, very important conversations have started to shape the debate about organisational design and people policy over the last few years. Diversity and inclusion as a subject has thankfully passed the ‘buzzword and tick-box’ phase in most organisations as the value (commercial and…

Learning at work week

The continuous cycle of learning

Craig reflects on Learning at Work Week (16-22 May) and what lifelong learning means to him. Whilst I was young, especially at school, learning could sometimes feel like a chore. It’s something I had to do five days a week. I found learning much more fun when I was trying to improve my hobbies or…

The band

Lessons learned, second place earned

Tracy enjoys a bit of success with the rest of the Harborough Band and reflects on what it takes to keep in time with others, in and out of the band room. The stage lights were beating down as I raised my cornet. We all anticipated the coming cue from our director. The auditorium was…

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