Instructions with a twist

Nicki noticed a sign during a recent visit to the gym and it made her think about how we can use words to influence people. Whilst giving the gruelling stairmaster a run for its money, I noticed a sign on the wall next to me which read ‘Cleaning up your sweat when you’ve finished is a great…

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How to generate creative ideas

Kat reviews her latest charity shop purchase; a very useful book by Edward de Bono, designed to help get those creative juices flowing. I was asked to run a ‘writing session’ of some kind recently at one of our monthly meetings, and, in search of a bit of inspiration with the format, I was very…

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Biased? Me?

When a friend of mine recently undertook jury service, the jurors were advised by the court that it’s acceptable for them to use their life’s experiences to help them in their decision making. We store information in our brains that we use as our reference library, so in a way, they’re stating what is inevitable…

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TGI Friday

Mark was recently analysing some employee opinion survey results where lack of work/life balance was a major complaint in one client’s results. This got him thinking about recent coverage of Japan’s ‘Premium Friday’ – an initiative designed to get workers home on time, at least some of the time. The Guardian reported in February this…

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What’s in a first impression?

This is about a girl on a train, but not the girl in the book (and subsequent box-office hit film). It’s about the impression a girl on a train made. There’s a girl (probably in her early twenties so I think that’s a girl) sitting opposite me on the train, using her phone. There are…

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A meeting room with a difference

David finally gets to end 23 years of curiosity and finds the coolest meeting/training room he has ever seen. Thanks to Heather Somers at the RAC for being such a great host (see my special parking place) and for helping me end years of curiosity. I have driven past the RAC building on the M5…

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Blowing the cobwebs away

As spring is now with us I’m inspired to start with my yearly (ok, a couple of weeks’ worth) exercise regime to get that summer body on the go! And what better way than a few brisk walks to blow the cobwebs away? Friday 7 April saw ‘Walk to Work Day’, so for those that…

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‘Fake news’ and one version of the truth

It can’t have escaped anyone’s attention over the last year that there has been a great deal of media and political attention given to the issues of misinformation and ‘fake news’. This got Mark thinking about the impact of this on businesses. There’s a lot at stake here. The rumour mill in most organisations I’ve…

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Start the day with a smile

Lucy got a new alarm clock recently. Find out why she starts her day with a smile now. Back in the day, alarm clocks were alarm clocks and phones were phones. One used to wake us up in the morning; the other we used to talk to people on. Both stuck to what they were…

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What’s in a blog?

Kat recently asked the questions: “What’s the point of blogging? Does anyone read them? Why do we do it?” With our busy Rambutan lives, sometimes we find it difficult to commit to the other side of running a successful, busy management consultancy; the marketing side. Selling ourselves. Getting our message out there. Making sure our…

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A shout out for January

How many articles have you read recently asking how your resolutions are going? Well, this isn’t one of them, but there is a link in Lucy’s blog to the new year. The merits and drawbacks of starting the new year with a bunch of well-intentioned resolutions are well documented. It’s usually about now that the…

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Dear Santa

This time last year Craig was very brave and shared his letter to Santa with the world…well, with our blog readers! You can read it here. As Craig reflects on the year and roasts his chestnuts on an open fire, he thought he’d share his latest letter to the big red guy. Santa, It’s me…

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The art of mindful shopping

Nicki was reading an article in her local paper recently and it got her thinking about one of her favourite pastimes. I love shopping for nice things…clothes and shoes mostly but really anything and I really enjoy finding gifts for other people either online or on the high street, it doesn’t matter. Every purchase gives…

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