‘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,…

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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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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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Why leadership development matters

There’s lots of information out there about leading virtually during these unusual times, and rightly so. We all need some additional support and guidance at these times, but Craig has been wondering how else you could continue your development as a leader or manager. Right now, I’m noticing leaders and managers are starting to consider…

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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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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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What’s in a word?

While carrying out the task of updating Rambutan’s style guide, Kat has been delving into the Oxford English Dictionary on more than a few occasions and realising that while the English language isn’t the simplest to understand, it can be a lot of fun! Proofreading is a matter of course for the bunch at Rambutan…

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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…

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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…

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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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Virtual nights out

Currently, with social distancing becoming the new rage, we can’t all spend time physically together. So, how can you still enjoy weekends having fun with friends and family if you’re all in separate locations? Craig spent his Saturday night finding out how! This weekend, like the rest of the country/world I spent my time partly…

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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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Top tips from CEOs

Here at Rambutan, we’re big fans of top tips – examples of best practice, frameworks or new approaches to various business topics (we even produce our own series!). Mark recently discovered a brilliant new online resource of top tips from the BBC called ‘CEO Secrets.’ Here’s what he learned… As a leader or an aspiring…

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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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The power of three (x2)

Craig and Sue were busy pondering the art of storytelling and how ‘once upon a time’ can be the start of something very special. Storytelling is a key communication skill, whether at home or at work. Storytelling can help you engage your audience so much better than just listing facts, reading statements or perusing figures.…

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The obstacles in our path

Gemma absolutely loves the power of stories and their ability to convey messages that would be seen as didactic lecturing if spelt out formally. Stories and parables abound in all of the well-known religions of this world for the very reason that they can impart truth and meaning to their followers. Stories are not limited…

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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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The evolution of Black Friday

Kat reflects that as the frivolity of Christmas is looming large upon the dark, wet and chilly horizon, this must also mean that the crazy present-buying frenzy of Black Friday is soon to be upon us. Yes, that ‘madcap’ day of hugely discounted goods of all kinds, accompanied by the mass hysteria of shoppers clamouring…

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