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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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