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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My favourite tips for saving time

Lucy was reflecting recently how everybody’s so busy, whether it’s work, juggling families, or studies. I don’t know about you but I love to hear about anything that might save me a few minutes here or there. I love time-saving devices and shortcuts, but most of all I love time management tips. I thought I’d…

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Five top tips for National Proofreading Day

To celebrate this exciting National Initiative, here are some useful pointers from Kat… Well, National Proofreading Day is upon us once again, and it only seems like five minutes since the last one. So, how’s the blogging/posting/emailing going? Still getting errors in your beautifully written pieces? Spellcheck let you down? Here’s my advice for making…

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Time to waste

Back in time for David as he gets a humorous tip on the subject of time itself. Thanks to Karen Fuller, HR Director at RATP Dev London, for this trip down my timeline! Years ago, when I worked in retail operations for Sainsbury’s, I got a valuable lesson in time management. On a course I…

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World Thinking Day

When Lance heard someone say recently, “I just don’t have enough time to think,” it got him thinking. The irony, of course, is that if you say this to either yourself or someone else, then you have actually taken the time to think it in the first place. So, thinking that you don’t have time…

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Random acts of kindness

Nicki noticed that 17th February was ‘Random acts of kindness’ day and was pleased to note it being worthy of it’s own day! In case you missed it, I posted a blog a while ago about kindness, how contagious simple acts of kindness are; how our own and other people’s behaviours can be improved by showing…

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Out with the old, in with the new?

Mark was recently considering how the past can influence how organisations approach change. My local cinema is in the process of being refurbished. It’s an old, iconic Art Deco building in North London which hasn’t changed much over the years. It was recently taken over by one of those new cinema chains who are creating…

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Don’t think…can’t think

David was recently contemplating what happens if you don’t exercise your ‘thinking muscles’, would they lose their strength? Last week I was travelling through the roadworks where a new junction is being built between two of the UK’s busiest motorways (the M1 and the M6). It’s a huge construction project that has included the building…

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The self-fulfilling prophecy

Lance was recently looking at new schools with his son and was amazed at the labels some parents want to give their children. It’s that time in our life where our son is getting ready to start his new ‘big’ school. We’d already been to a few open days and decided to see the shortlisted…

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Proud to shout from the rooftops

Having worked at Rambutan for 7 months now, in a marketing capacity, I’m building up a list of achievements that I’m proud of: designing and implementing a marketing strategy, generating leads for new business and revamping our social and digital media. However the little talking voice inside my head (we all have these surely?) is…

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