Tick tock, tick tock

Mark was recently travelling in Berlin where unsurprisingly, the trains ran on time – almost to the second. This got him thinking about punctuality and what it says about our personality or culture. It may well be a cultural stereotype, but when travelling in Berlin, I expected the trains to run with pinpoint punctuality. They…

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My journey as a golfer

Our regular chats with Craig have revealed his love of golf and how it’s blossomed in the prime of his life. Q. When did you take up golf? I started playing golf when I was a kid. Some of my happiest memories are out on the golf course with my dad. In my day, I…

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A period of self-reflection

Gemma has been preparing for her annual appraisal with a period of self-reflection… An annual appraisal is a good prompt to spend some time reflecting on our past actions but it’s important that we don’t limit holding a mirror up to ourselves to this yearly review.  Reflecting helps us to develop our skills and review…

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How to succeed with New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas is fast approaching and along with it the time when we perhaps think about some New Year’s Resolutions. Gemma pondered over this popular annual tradition. Before you start planning your weight loss and fitness regime for 2019 though, I’d be interested to know what happened to last year’s resolutions. Are they long forgotten, languishing…

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No-nonsense coaching

In our continuing interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about his passion for one-to-one coaching. Q. In a nutshell what is one-to-one coaching? This is where one person dedicates themselves to helping the other person find their own answers by asking beautifully crafted and thought-provoking questions and listening until their ears hurt. Craig’s recent…

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Rambutans spotted!

David spotted some beautiful Rambutans on a recent family trip to Barcelona to celebrate his birthday. It was great to see such fresh Rambutans on European soil. These little beauties were front and centre of an amazing exotic fruit stall in La Boqueria Market, Barcelona. A very nice (and delicious) birthday surprise!

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Joy of Alone

We Rambutans recently took a little personality test just for a bit of fun, and to see what kind of insight (if any) it could give us into ourselves, and each other. Kat was reflecting on the results. Called the Briggs Meyer 16 Personalities test, it’s formulated as a questionnaire where your responses are collated…

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Is more always good?

Don’t miss the music by just chasing dollars. David reflects from the side of a piano in one of the UK’s busiest financial districts. I recently took the tube in London for a meeting at Canary Wharf in London. It was amazing to see the sheer volume of people flooding to the area as they headed to their…

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Fake news in the workplace

We hear a lot these days about so-called ‘fake news’ (thank you Mr Trump). This got Mark thinking about how rumours, myths and untruths can unsettle even the best businesses and what is the best way to handle these. So, apparently Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb, Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake” and…

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You’ve got talent (yes you have!)

In our continuing interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about how every one of us really does have a talent.   1. What is talent when it’s at home? Talent is permanent, but form can be temporary. A talent is your passion; a task, activity or ability that you deliver with ease, something that…

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September is national Friendship month

National Friendship month inspired Nicki to read about the importance of friendship in society. What she discovered was quite surprising… The causes of modern social problems, from divorce to homelessness and obesity, are often thought to be rooted in areas such as poverty, stress or unhappiness. But researchers suggest we are overlooking something crucial: friendship.…

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Sales is an art, not a science

Lance was talking to a friend recently who mentioned they’d commissioned sales training for their organisation. They went on to say that they’d been sold a dream (by the training organisation) but had been delivered a nightmare. If only the provider had guaranteed their work! The person who sold the dream got a sale, but…

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Gemma and friends’ big ride!

Gemma and her cycling buddies have decided to get back on their bikes for another fundraising challenge. This time the girls are covering some serious mileage – 300 miles over 4 countries in 4 days  – whilst raising vital funds for Dementia UK. If you want to find out more or donate, take a look at Gemma’s JustGiving page. Gemma’s here…

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Saying “thank you” instead of “sorry”

Saying “sorry” often becomes a habit rather than a necessity. What if we used “thank you” more instead? Jami-Lei investigates further. There are two uses of the word sorry. One sounds like “sorry for rambling on” and the other goes something like “I’m really sorry for spilling tea on your curtains”. The first is polite and…

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Listening to hear versus listening to talk

In another of our interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about listening and why it’s fundamentally important for any type of relationship. Q: What do you mean by listening to hear versus listening to talk? Stop for a moment and think about how you listen. Are you listening because you genuinely want to hear…

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Today I Learned…

Who knew there was a modern form of the phrase ‘Did you know’? Jami-Lei has been learning there are quite a lot of things we maybe didn’t know. Even as a ‘millennial’, I still come across phrases that have been on the internet for ages but haven’t yet crossed my path. Recently I watched a…

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Is a four-day week the way forward?

The recent announcement by New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian that their experiment in introducing a four-day week for employees has resulted in 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their work/life balance (an increase of 24 percentage points) struck a chord with Mark, who’s been working flexible hours on and off for…

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Time for fun when the going gets tough

Heavy job on? Getting bogged down? Take a breather! Nicki jumped up in the office the other day and randomly declared, “Right, everyone outside for a bit of fun!” Naturally, we all downed our tools/mice/laptops and followed her onto the balcony for a breather. It turned out to be a ‘wall’ exercise, where you squat…

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