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…

Craig

How to work differently

In our occasional interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about why Rambutan is unique. Why is Rambutan so different? There are some amazingly brilliant consultancies out there, but I believe one of the things that makes us so different is who we are as people. When we first started Rambutan, we focused on how…

Sue at work

Practice makes perfect, or does it?

Sue was contemplating how much we crave instant gratification these days above the long hard slog of ‘practice makes perfect’. When I was a young child, I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to learn to read music and play an instrument; both the piano and the flute actually. I’m not sure at…

Emotional intelligence

The importance of emotional intelligence

Rebecca and Emma were discussing how emotional intelligence can save lives! Emotional intelligence is often labelled as being kind and caring to others, but it’s also about the ability to understand when your emotions are changing and how to be in control of them. Someone with emotional intelligence should be able to stop themselves before…

Rambutan wheel of life

The little things matter

Craig wanted to share a few personal tips that have helped him regain control of his life when he felt that things were slipping out of control all around him. There’s lots of changes affecting us at the moment, both in our personal lives as we enter a post-COVID environment, and in the wider world…

Grandma's headscarf

Two in the bunch discuss International Women’s Day

Reflecting on International Women’s Day, Craig asked Tracy a few questions about what it means to her. Here are some highlights: What is International Women’s Day? To me, International Women’s Day is a day in which we can all reflect upon not only the recent contributions that women have made to the arts, technology and…

Be brave tattoo

Be brave – you’ve got this

Rebecca was reflecting on her first few months as a consultant at Rambutan. I’ve been part of Rambutan for four months now and what a wonderful journey I’ve travelled on. I love seeing the positive impact I have on people. This is one of the main reasons I joined Rambutan. So far, my Rambutan highlights…

Bullying with red cross

The lasting impact of bullying

Craig chats about what International Stand up to Bullying Day means to him. Stand up to Bullying is a topic immensely close to my heart. For much of my school life, I was bullied and this had a lasting impact on me as I grew older. I made the decision that I didn’t want anybody…

Future

Apprentices are the future

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Ellie and Emma have been reflecting on their first six months as apprentices at Rambutan… This week is National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February), a great opportunity to celebrate and highlight the importance of apprentices. This year’s focus is ‘building the future’, which not only looks at the value gained…

Right or wrong way sign

Can you lead the ‘right way’?

David and Sue were discussing how you can build a small city out of the number of books published on leadership. If you google the word leadership, you get 3,840,000,000 results in an instant. There’s a lot of opinions out there and numerous people searching for the right way, the one way, the most effective…

Possible

It’s good to fail

Sue was contemplating that it took her a long time to learn to fail; to have the confidence and belief to experiment, fail, and experiment again. Whether it’s at work or at home, problems and issues sometimes arise. I try to solve the issue but it’s taken me a while in life to learn that…

Leadership

International leadership week 2021

Emma reflects on her thoughts about leadership. I’ve been reflecting on International leadership week, which took place from 22-27 November. The purpose of this week was to ‘inspire great leadership, everywhere’. This caused me to think about what it really means to be a leader. The dictionary definition of leadership states that there are certain…

Trumpet

The tale of the terrifying interview

Tracy believes a good fright can be a great opportunity to grow. You check your watch, it’s almost half-past two. You answered a listing for the job of your dreams a week ago and much to your surprise, you landed an interview! Your suit is pressed and you’re sitting outside the office door, having just…

Apprenticeship logo

Emma’s first few weeks at Rambutan

Emma has joined the bunch as our new Marketing Apprentice. After two long years of completing my A-Levels, I decided on an Apprenticeship. With this, I knew I’d be able to gain a qualification while benefiting from the rewarding nature of a full-time job – experience is key! This led me to Rambutan, where I’m…

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