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Wholehearted leadership

Gemma chats about why wholehearted leadership matters, even for world leaders. We’ve had an opportunity over recent months to observe world leaders in action as they navigate their way through the complicated and ever-changing situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless conversations have ensued on their general effectiveness as leaders with ratings on many and…

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2020… what’s in a word?

For a little festive fun here at Rambutan, following updates for the Oxford English Dictionary whereby they add brand new words to reflect the times, we’ve decided to compile a little list of our own. These Rambu-words have been created using the bunch’s own experiences of life in 2020, and in no way should be…

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It’s the little things that count

As we continue living through the Covid-19 pivot in our lives Craig spends some time reflecting on the things that have made a difference to him during this time. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the whole lockdown experience and the little things that have happened to me (and continue to happen…

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International volunteers day

Following International volunteers day last week (5 December), Sue wanted to share her story on why volunteering matters to her. Over the years I’ve dipped my toe into the waters of volunteer work on several occasions. Why? Because I keep coming back to the principle, ‘I need to give something back’ of which I’m a…

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Sharing some more CEO secrets

Back in January this year (it seems another world away!), Mark discovered and shared some CEO secrets from a new BBC online resource. Since lockdown, a lot of new content has been added, so he thought it was time to have another dig round to see what new insights he could find. The focus for…

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Who are you as a leader?

Lots of David’s career has been spent helping people figure out what to ‘do’ as a leader and who they ‘are’ as a leader, yet he still sees too much focus on the ‘do’ elements in lots of stuff he reads. Who are you? No, I mean who are you really? Who are you as…

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Secrets to virtual coaching

Craig is our Rambutan coaching guru and he’s been coaching both online and face-to-face for many years. As online coaching becomes more mainstream this year, he shares his insights on how to make it a success. Coaching that takes place in 2D (online) rather than 3D (physically) builds strong bonds, relationships and creates lasting impact.…

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Learnings from lockdown

There’s a lot been happening in the world this year and we wanted to chat with Craig about how 2020 had been for him, so far. His open, honest and personal response is both heart-warming and thought-provoking. When lockdown originally started in March 2020 how did you envisage your life? I wasn’t sure initially. From…

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In the thick of it

At the moment there’s a lot going on in the world, to say the least! This can have a knock-on effect on your workload and when you’re crazy busy, it can feel like no matter which way you turn, you can’t find a way to move forward. This sometimes has a result of increasing the…

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My current reality

Ed discusses his experiences in 2020 so far; chatting with us about his return to work after lockdown, managing flexible furlough and maintaining a positive mindset while looking ahead. This year more than most, we’ve all had to adjust the way we live our lives due to events out of our control. We’ve all been…

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Book review – What would YOU do?

Being furloughed, Kat’s found time to do stuff she’s struggled to do previously, such as reading. Nothing quite comes close to the joy and escapism of immersing yourself in a good book, and I’m now on a mission to find ‘The New Best Book’ I’ve ever read! Currently, this title, believe it or not, goes…

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Volunteers’ Week… Sue’s story

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution people make through volunteering. Although Covid-19 has stopped some of the things we usually do, Sue reminds us about what we can do and why, now more than ever, it’s important to find ways to keep volunteering. Over the decades (showing your age Sue!) I’ve tried…

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National Walking Month

Kat reminds us that there’s still something fab we can do during lockdown! Did you know that the month of May is National Walking Month? Seems ironic, doesn’t it, that since the month began many of us have been unable to do much else than stay at home. But one form of exercise a day…

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Ed gives us all the info we need about Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and why now, more than ever, it’s important to look after yours and others’ mental health. The week 18 – 24 May 2020 has been chosen this year to highlight mental health awareness. The initiative first started in 2001 to help…

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Spend some time on you

Ed talks about his experience of being furloughed and how he’s tried to use his time productively. He also shares his top tips on keeping a positive mental health mindset. Here at Rambutan, we like many other businesses have furloughed members of the bunch. When I first found out I was being furloughed I asked…

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Productivity and kindness

Alton is currently furloughed as are many other people. However, he’s managed to fill his time productively and also exercise a little kindness. As with many people I’ve added a new word to my vocabulary this year, ‘furlough’. At Rambutan we quickly realised that to protect the business we would need to all play our…

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