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 little things matter

Craig wanted to share a few personal tips that have helped him regain control of his life when he felt that things were slipping out of control all around him. There’s lots of changes affecting us at the moment, both in our personal lives as we enter a post-COVID environment, and in the wider world…

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The lasting impact of bullying

Craig chats about what International Stand up to Bullying Day means to him. Stand up to Bullying is a topic immensely close to my heart. For much of my school life, I was bullied and this had a lasting impact on me as I grew older. I made the decision that I didn’t want anybody…

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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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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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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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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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Stunning customer service

Kat chats about how she bought a coat she’d seen in a magazine from the comfort of her own home; and no, it wasn’t online, over the telephone with a credit card or contactless via her mobile! It came about through a commitment to stunning customer service, with a simple question and a little bit…

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Spend some time on you

Ed talks about his experience of being furloughed and how he’s tried to use his time productively. He also shares his top tips on keeping a positive mental health mindset. Here at Rambutan, we like many other businesses have furloughed members of the bunch. When I first found out I was being furloughed I asked…

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Sharing some more CEO secrets

Back in January this year (it seems another world away!), Mark discovered and shared some CEO secrets from a new BBC online resource. Since lockdown, a lot of new content has been added, so he thought it was time to have another dig round to see what new insights he could find. The focus for…

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Secrets to virtual coaching

Craig is our Rambutan coaching guru and he’s been coaching both online and face-to-face for many years. As online coaching becomes more mainstream this year, he shares his insights on how to make it a success. Coaching that takes place in 2D (online) rather than 3D (physically) builds strong bonds, relationships and creates lasting impact.…

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Reasons to be grateful, Pt. 3

Craig shares a deeply personal take on being grateful Sometimes I feel that I don’t take enough time to consider what I have in my life that I’m grateful for… and I should. It’s totally understandable that over the last year this has been a more challenging concept to consider, but I truly believe that,…

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Productivity and kindness

Alton is currently furloughed as are many other people. However, he’s managed to fill his time productively and also exercise a little kindness. As with many people I’ve added a new word to my vocabulary this year, ‘furlough’. At Rambutan we quickly realised that to protect the business we would need to all play our…

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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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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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