I ain’t ever going back

David shares his ‘top 10 things’ that the current situation has made him commit to changing forever. Having retreated from a ski trip from France in lockdown, through Switzerland in lockdown and arriving back in the UK just before the lockdown happened here, it’s fair to say that the first week back at whatever I’m…

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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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How to work differently

In our occasional interview series with Craig, we’re chatting today about why Rambutan is unique. Why is Rambutan so different? There are some amazingly brilliant consultancies out there, but I believe one of the things that makes us so different is who we are as people. When we first started Rambutan, we focused on how…

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Healing nature

I go to nature every day, for inspiration in the day’s work[1] Like many people, Kat’s found the current lockdown more and more difficult to deal with, the longer it’s continued. On days when it’s seemed like there’s no end in sight, I’ve found solace in the fact that there’s always been a few highlights…

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Have you looked up?

When you’re on a train do you look at the scenery, or spend the time on your devices? Emma reflects on her recent train journey, and the amount of time she spent on her phone. A few weeks ago, I travelled on the train to Manchester (for a much-needed weekend away!). The journey was three…

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Happy talk

As spring continues and the days get warmer (hopefully!), Kat is feeling happy! Is the weather having a positive effect? Or could it be something else? Can we all harness that ‘feel good factor’ come rain or shine? Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become…

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Getting your business story straight

It’s now commonplace for organisations to have a vision, mission, values, behaviours and a strategic plan. What’s often missing though is a compelling and authentic strategic narrative which weaves these together into one simple ‘story’ of where the organisation has come from, where it’s going to and how it’s going to get there. Mark has…

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From sixth form to the world of work

Ellie is one our newest bunch members, joining us as our Junior Management Consultant Apprentice. The long-awaited anticipation of A-Level results day had finally arrived; I opened my envelope and breathed a sigh of relief. My last two years of hard work in French, Business and Sociology, during the pandemic, had paid off. However, it…

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From consultant to cook

Alton’s in the midst of a career change, transitioning from a management consultant to running a bed and breakfast guest house and as part of ‘Learning at Work Week’, he’s been contemplating what he’s learned. Over the last year, a combination of Covid lockdowns and a stint in hospital gave me some time to mull…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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