Boating on the canal

‘Have a go’ month

At the grand old age of… late 40s, Kat decided it was high time she learned something new, with a bit of a ‘hands on’ feel about it rather than sitting in front of a computer screen. So, what better way than to take a narrowboat navigation day course? My stepdad recently bought a narrowboat,…

Keswick from the top of Latrigg

World Photography Day 2021

To celebrate World Photography Day on 19 August, Sue wanted to share a few photos, highlighting this beautiful country she lives in. With the travel restrictions abroad and countries on the red, green and amber travel lists changing constantly, 2021 has been a very ‘staycation’ year. To celebrate our diverse country and to honour why…

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Cycle to Work Day

On ‘Cycle to Work Day’ (5 August) Kat has a look at a slightly different approach to a fab initiative. Merlin Matthews was such a genius at fixing bikes when he was at university that he became known as ‘Mr Bike’, often sorting people’s broken bikes in exchange for beer. He was even approached at…

Kat and Sue Rambutan friendship

Work colleagues or work friends?

Kat chats about International Day of Friendship which is tomorrow, Friday 30 July. Although we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I’m still waiting for ‘Eldest Daughter’s Day’ (mine’s a large box of chocolates and a bottle of something nice please), but here’s one we can all get behind… International Day of Friendship. After all,…

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What’s a growth mindset?

Craig is passionate about growth mindsets and why they’re so important for learning, so he’s shared a few of his thoughts with us. I believe that having a growth mindset is all about seeking out opportunities to develop, having new experiences and ultimately growing as a person; whereas having a fixed mindset tends to be…

Face mask in gutter

The great face mask dilemma

With such emphasis on the wearing of face masks since the Covid-19 pandemic, we now find ourselves with another problem created by the massive increase in single-use masks, and the disposal thereof. To support both World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans Day on 8 June, Kat has done some delving… I’m sure…

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Values and me

Craig has been mulling over our Rambutan values and what they mean to him My personal values are important to me. They’re my moral compass and I’m passionate about how I live them every day. Equally, our values at Rambutan are just as important to me. They’re closely aligned to my own, and when both…

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From consultant to cook

Alton’s in the midst of a career change, transitioning from a management consultant to running a bed and breakfast guest house and as part of ‘Learning at Work Week’, he’s been contemplating what he’s learned. Over the last year, a combination of Covid lockdowns and a stint in hospital gave me some time to mull…

Carpe diem in scrabble

Carpe Diem

Sue was contemplating the phrase ‘carpe diem’ and how it’s her little reminder to herself to take her head out of the detail and just ‘go for it’. Carpe diem, meaning ‘seize the day’, is often quoted as a soundbite but how many of us actually follow through on seizing the day? Ever since I…

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Happy talk

As spring continues and the days get warmer (hopefully!), Kat is feeling happy! Is the weather having a positive effect? Or could it be something else? Can we all harness that ‘feel good factor’ come rain or shine? Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become…

Grateful

Reasons to be grateful, Pt. 3

Craig shares a deeply personal take on being grateful Sometimes I feel that I don’t take enough time to consider what I have in my life that I’m grateful for… and I should. It’s totally understandable that over the last year this has been a more challenging concept to consider, but I truly believe that,…

Truth or lie signpost

Do you believe what you read?

Alton’s immediate answer is, “No”. He admits to being a strong sceptic who believes it’s right to critically analyse everything and not accept anything at face value. This includes the leadership models he uses in his management consultant role. Are leadership models valid? Every time I review a leadership model I always wonder if there’s…

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Creating space in the wardrobe of your mind

Are you feeling a little ‘bogged down’ with things on your mind? Do you have too much negative ‘chatter’ cluttering your conscience? Kat was recently discussing this common phenomenon with David, who naturally, had some top tips to offer. Here’s Kat with the insight. We all tend to store stuff from the past. Personally, I…

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What no one tells you about self-perception

In another of our chats with Craig, we’re discussing why self-perception versus other people’s perception is so important. Craig, what’s the difference between self-perception and other people’s perceptions? Self-perception is how I see myself, it’s what I think about myself, it’s how I believe I come across to another person. Others’ perception is the reality…

LGBT History month

It’s LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is an annual event which takes place every February. Mark takes a personal look at what this means to him. This event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 of the Local Government Act in 2003 and the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in the same year. The month…

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Healing nature

I go to nature every day, for inspiration in the day’s work[1] Like many people, Kat’s found the current lockdown more and more difficult to deal with, the longer it’s continued. On days when it’s seemed like there’s no end in sight, I’ve found solace in the fact that there’s always been a few highlights…

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