Hell

My hell is…

Hell is a village in Norway. Yes, it really is! This got Sue thinking about what she’d encounter if she went to visit her hell and how she could turn it into her heaven. For me, it’s a double whammy. I have two hells. A personal one consisting of wasps, snakes and tarantulas, and my…

charity

How can we learn from charities?

On this annual, international day of charity (5 September), Alton has been pondering how private sector, commercial organisations can learn from the third sector. I spent a number of years working for a major charity. It was fascinating to hear people’s views of charities when they asked about my job. As I worked in the…

Change curve

Using Brexit to understand the change curve

The change curve has, for a long time, been used in a business context to help managers understand how people react to organisational change. On a recent management development programme, Mark used the example of Brexit to help bring it to life. Here he explains how… The Kubler-Ross change curve, first introduced in 1969, now…

Alton

Alton’s first week at Rambutan

After six weeks of ‘funemployment’ (six blissful weeks off between roles), Alton has finally started his new career at Rambutan, as a consultant. As I drove to the office that first day my mind was full of thoughts: Would I arrive on time? Was I dressed appropriately? Would they like me? Was I up to…

six thinking hats

Which hat are you wearing today?

Life can be difficult. Whether we’re talking about business or home life, some days are steady, relaxed, easy, the ‘norm’. But other days we’re faced with the unknown; decisions to make, problems to solve, dilemmas to navigate, and sometimes it’s hard to know how to tackle whatever is ‘thrown’ at us. Have you ever stopped…

value sign

How much do you value your values?

Values are defined as ‘principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what’s important in life.’ It makes sense that everyone has values as each individual has their own principles and stuff they hold important to them. Jami shares her experience with learning how to value her values. At Rambutan, we pride ourselves on our…

Sofa chat Craig, Kat

Take Five

We all know how important it is to take a break occasionally to recharge the batteries. Craig has a few handy tips on why taking time out to think about stuff is more than important, it’s vital! Q. Why does taking a break matter so much to you? I treat taking a break as one…

Magic number

Three is the magic number

Some of the most memorable things come in threes… Following a little research around the ‘rule of three’, Kat made some really interesting, thought-provoking and useful observations. (See what she did there?) The rule of three is a concept based on the idea that people will tend to remember stuff more easily when things are…

Cricket team photo

What can the Cricket World Cup teach us?

With the Cricket World Cup just finished, Ed explores what business lessons we can learn from his favourite pastime. Despite the preconception many have about the game of cricket, it can be one of the most enthralling sports to watch, play and talk about. Just like business, cricket relies on key strengths such as decision…

What does your handwriting reveal about your personality?

One of Jami’s favourite ‘pointless pastimes’ is taking personality quizzes. Sometimes they’re quizzes based on insightful and well-researched models and statistics. Sometimes they’re absolute nonsense. An example of the latter is a quiz from BuzzFeed which told her she’s a meatball sandwich!! Aside from online quizzes, there are plenty of tests and theories which claim…

Live, learn, lead

It’s summer, the sun’s shining (we hope!) and it’s time for another chat with Craig. Today, we’re delving into how being a passionate, committed leader can inspire others around you. Q. What do you mean Craig by the mantra ‘live, learn, lead’? It’s an old statement that you only get one life, and unless someone…

Go home healthy

Mark, together with a clinical psychotherapist, was recently working with a client delivering some stress awareness workshops for managers. They discovered some starting facts about workplace stress as well as learning about some great free resources available from the Health and Safety Executive. In putting together a workshop for managers about stress in the workplace,…

An unfortunate acronym

Ten years of a thinking model and I still didn’t spot a glaringly obvious glitch… ‘help’ says David! When designing leadership development and deciding how best to deliver it in a blended way, I look at the outcomes and make decisions based on the type of learning needed to achieve those outcomes. If ‘knowledge’ is…

Chat on the sofa between two people

How coaching can help you shape the future

In celebration of Learning at Work week, Craig is looking at how focusing on where you want to be can help identify the most successful route to take you there. In the words of Steve Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Begin with the end in mind”. This quote could be…

Why leadership matters

When Gemma thought about the theme of this year’s Learning at Work week, ‘Shaping the Future’, she was reminded of one of the findings from the HRD People Leaders’ Report 2018. ‘Britain has long ranked poorly in global league tables for employee engagement, and the country’s productivity is stalling; in fact, the UK workforce has…

Culture killers

Like a delicate ecosystem in the natural world, an organisation’s culture, and the corresponding levels of employee engagement need to be cherished and protected. This is an area where the Rambutan bunch definitely ‘take their own medicine’ according to David, one of our founders. Our experience at Rambutan tells us that you can’t work on…

Intuitive customer service

Customer service is an art not a science and using the same process for every customer will not give the same result. Lance investigates this notion in celebration of Learning at Work Week. People are different and that’s what makes working with them, meeting them, and providing a service to them so wonderful. Here’s a…

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