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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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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After the madness…

As we all become more used to our temporary, crazy world of isolating and staying inside, Craig has been dreaming lots about what the world will be like when we go back to ‘normality’. I’ve been asking myself this question a lot recently ‘What will I do first when I can freely go out?’ There’s…

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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…

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Are you blindfolded?

We all know the use of a blindfold, but are you wearing one when you least expect it? Ed talks about the importance of removing the blindfold and seeing a way forward. Everyone has difficult times, whether it be a work issue, a personal issue or just having a bad day. Sometimes the way forward…

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Are you seeing the true reality?

Gemma has been considering whether what we know, see and believe is really true. As we head not only into a new year but also a new decade, it might be clear to us where investment is needed in our business; where culture change needs embedding, management skills improving or leadership qualities transforming. However, while this reality…

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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…

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Being furloughed – Kat’s story

Kat reflects on her time so far as a furloughed member of the Rambutan bunch. On Wednesday 1 April I found myself (like so many other people) furloughed from work. It came as no surprise… several clients had postponed projects already in the diary and the daily news on TV and social media was unfolding…

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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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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…

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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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Christmas Jumper Day

Any excuse for a dress-up!! Christmas Jumper Day was launched by Save the Children charity, as an initiative to encourage donations for much-needed funds. It has so far raised £12 million since its beginnings in 2012. For most, (including the bunch at Rambutan) it’s a chance for a bit of fun in the office, at…

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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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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…

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Discover the benefits of lifelong learning

When Tracy first heard about the Learning and Work Institute’s campaign, ‘Festival of Learning’, she knew it was a cause she could get behind. I recently started exploring my passion for numbers by studying with AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians). I try to ‘crack’ the book (or laptop) a few hours per week and…

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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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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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Five popular Christmas myths busted

From a traditional Christmas song originally written for a different holiday to Santa Claus’s mid-life crisis as Father Christmas, Jami-Lei looks at the history of popular Christmas beliefs, their misconceptions and what might be the true explanation behind them. Christmas is surrounded by traditions, beliefs and myths. Each country has its own legends and origin…

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