Time to remember this November

Ed contemplates Remembrance Day (Monday 11 November) and what the day means to him. On Remembrance Day, we honour those who sacrificed their lives for us. The most famous symbol of Remembrance Day is the poppy. During the chaos of World War 1, the fighting left landscapes across Europe bleak from continuous bombardment. Amongst the…

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A day in the life of Craig

We’ve been chatting to Craig for a while now about what topics rock his world, but what about the man himself? We’re eager to know more. Q. How do you get ready to start your day? As I’m up early, I get bored quickly at home and either jump in the car to go visit…

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My top 5 electronic communication bugbears!

Alton was amused to hear that 22 October is International Caps-Lock Day. This made him think about the many frustrations of electronic communication. International Caps-Lock Day was dreamt up by an American guy called Derek Arnold who was irritated by people using ‘all caps’ to highlight their opinions on the internet. We have all witnessed…

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Creating a work-life blend

Alton was chatting to a friend last week who was worried about the impact work was having on his life. He told Alton that he ‘worked to live’ rather than ‘lived to work’. I have heard people say this so many times and it got me thinking; is there really a dichotomy between these two…

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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health day and one of our clients, a Director at an organisation with over 500 employees, kindly wanted to share his own personal view of his experience on this day. Mental Health is huge. There are lots of statistics in the news and what they mean to us, what the latest research is and…

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Owning your work-life balance

Work-life balance continues to be a hot topic of conversation around the drinks machine at work and on the sofa at home, in the evening. In this age of ‘always connected’ can you really control your work-life balance? Craig says, ‘Yes absolutely if you want to!’ It seems that the more people I talk to…

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Why work-life balance matters

During National Work Life Week 2019, we’re supporting #WorkLifeWeek with our thoughts and ideas. Like many working parents, getting his work-life balance right is really important to Lance. Working at Rambutan has allowed me the flexibility to make sure my work-life balance is just right. The ‘just right’ bit will be different for everyone so…

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What boosts your productivity?

There are many ‘background’ factors that contribute to Jami feeling her most productive. Over the years I’ve found that noise, environment, people and technology seem to be the most important to me. Everyone has their individual unique preferences, whether that be with the kind of noise level that works for them or their environment. Here…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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