Humour in the face of challenge

We love to share our thinking and knowledge to help people improve their skills in business, and today Craig reveals how humour can help defuse a situation. To have the ability to recognise when some well-applied natural humour may shift the tension or become an unblocker for a situation is a skill that can easily…

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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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Surviving Blue Monday

We asked Jenny Collard, Practice Director and Senior Psychotherapist at RHCP, to help us understand what Blue Monday is all about. Q. #Blue Monday (the third Monday in January) is known as the most depressing day of the year, but is there any real science behind it or is it just modern-day hype? The origins…

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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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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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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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International Volunteer Day

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December, Jami-Lei remembers how volunteering led her to where she is today. My first experience of volunteering was for a local charity shop. I remember being excited as the responsibilities made me feel like an adult at a young age. Fast forward a few years, I began…

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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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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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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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