Are you a great role model?

During a televised game of Rugby League, Nathan Massey badly dislocated his knee and managed to almost put it on the other side of his leg. Ten minutes later, he was walking off the pitch, and the following week he was playing for Castleford again. This got Lance thinking about role models. I’ve always been…

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Pension Awareness Day

15 September marks Pension Awareness Day and it got George, our new Apprentice, thinking about what pensions mean… Pensions are a mysterious thing to many people my age, as most of us youngsters perhaps don’t realise how important they are. Maybe this is because schools don’t teach us enough about these things! It can be…

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Celebrating friendship month…Sue style

As September is friendship month, Sue wanted to highlight and celebrate just how important her friends are to her. Over the years, my friends have advised me many times on my love life (an ongoing subject that really isn’t worth a long discussion!) my career, including joining Rambutan, and my fitness regime (or lack of…

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Anything’s possible?

Whilst enjoying a quiet moment, Nicki contemplated the success of the British team at the recent Olympic Games in Rio. I was hooked by the Olympic Games. I was in total awe of the level of talent, determination and will to succeed that was shown by the athletes. Great Britain finished in second place overall…

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On yer bike!

Having just returned from a family trip to Copenhagen in time to marvel at GB’s performance in the Olympic cycling events, David was left to ponder ‘how come we are so good on the track and yet so bad at using this humble mode of transport in our everyday lives?’ By the way, if you…

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The future of learning and development

If you’re over a certain age, cast your mind back twenty or so years if you will. Do you remember how we used to get information? We were reliant on books and talking to people, accepting that there was a limit to what we could find out. Remember microfiche film? Carbon paper? Apart from exposing…

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St Swithin’s Day

Nicki was looking into the history of St Swithin’s Day… St Swithin’s Day falls on 15th July every year. According to tradition, the weather on that day will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights. Let’s hope the sun shines. St Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop at Winchester Cathedral who died in 862. He was famous for his…

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Graffiti wall with a difference

The guys at Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP) took our idea of having a ‘graffiti wall’ (to capture people’s commitments at recent culture workshops) one step further. They used their amazing production skills to build a rolling tapestry that had the values printed into the watermark. All staff are due to attend the culture workshops, which…

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Are you stretching yourself?

In honour of International Panic Day today, Kat was contemplating how she felt when she was asked to do something she wasn’t sure how to tackle. I had recently been given the task of designing the graphics for some exhibition panels on our stall at the CIPD Learning and Development show in London, which I…

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The virtue of patience

Nicki recently witnessed an example of how patience is a skill that not everyone possesses in abundance and it got her thinking about its importance in today’s hi-tech world. As technology speeds up our lives, and much of what we desire is available at the click of a button, it can sometimes feel as if…

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Six top tips to becoming a resilience hero!

Craig was recently reflecting on his own resilience and how strong the human mind really is. When things get tough our coping mechanisms spring into action and help us manage the difficult and challenging times. You may hear people say things like ‘I’ve had enough’ or ‘I can’t take anymore’, but knowing what ‘enough’ is…

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Get your face out of your phone

Lucy noticed how many people at the train station the other day were looking at their phones. She only noticed because she’d just put hers in her bag. As I waited for my train, I looked across the tracks to the platform on the other side. There was a row of twelve seats, all occupied.…

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Wear your red lipstick for charity!

As part of Rambutan’s fundraising efforts for Dementia UK this year, the bunch have decided to don their brightest red lippy, and take part in the nationwide #redlippyday campaign on 6th May. Fancy getting involved yourself? Read on! To be honest, any excuse to dress up/down, wear silly hats, or clown around in general and…

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Leicester City’s power as a team

Nicki was contemplating Leicester’s success in the Premiership recently and it got her thinking about the power of teamwork. Now, I’m no football fan but I’d have to have been living in a cave not to notice Leicester City’s spectacular rise to the top of the league. Everyone loves an underdog don’t they? I’m keeping…

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National Voice Day

As 16 April is National Voice Day, Lewis was thinking about the best way to get yourself heard at work, whether it’s in a face-to-face meeting or general conversation. Here are his top five tips to getting your voice heard, have a read and see which one is your favourite!  ask questions It’s crucial, both…

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What does ‘safe’ mean?

What does being safe mean to you? In a school Lucy saw recently, pupils are reminded that they’re safe – it’s written on the wall. On holiday recently, I saw a school with the following written in large letters across its wall: ‘I am safe, I am kind, I am responsible’. It struck me that…

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April Fool

Lance was thinking recently about the time he saw a BBC programme about spaghetti being harvested from spaghetti trees. The spaghetti was hanging low so it was easy for ‘pickers’ to collect baskets full of the stuff. The programme was shown on 1 April many years ago to celebrate April Fool’s Day. So what’s the…

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A recipe for rich conversations

Lucy recently attended the 2016 People Development Summit and reflected on the couple of days of great conversations… Take a beautiful hotel in a fabulous location (the Dolce Sitges near Barcelona), add some interesting and interested L&D professionals, warm gently in the Spanish sunshine, and stir for about two days until some rich conversations have…

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