National Doodle Day

On Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day Kat asks, “What’s behind a doodle?” I’ve often found myself absent-mindedly doodling patterns while otherwise engaged with something; more often than not whiling away time holding on the telephone, or listening to a particularly uninspiring talk, or practically whenever there’s a piece of paper and pencil within easy reach!…

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David recently went to teach 200 students about empathy but it seems he got the biggest lesson from the day.

I recently had the pleasure of working with 200 young people in one of the waves of this year’s National Citizenship Service (NCS). For those who haven’t heard of NCS, it’s a UK programme run over the summer for 15 to 17-year olds that involves residentials, outward bound activity, employer skills, community projects and a…

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An exciting first week at Rambutan

Rambutan’s new apprentice, Jami-Lei, shares her thoughts on her first week with the bunch. I was excited to start at Rambutan, despite having only ever been to Market Harborough once before in my life (and that was for my interview!). I walked into the office to see Craig and Lucy, both of whom were pleasantly…

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Why you shouldn’t leave team performance to chance

Mark recently published an article on the HR Director website on how inspiring leaders can achieve outstanding results by walking the talk, focusing on feedback and coaching to develop their teams. If the recent General Election in the UK has taught us anything, it would be how leaders who are inspiring AND who have the…

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All alone

David discovered that being all alone on the Tube was far more uncomfortable than being on a crowded train. So where did everyone go? I was on a crowded tube train a few weeks ago. As I boarded, I mumbled a moan to myself about how hot and crowded it was before losing myself in…

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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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An awesome book to help you challenge your market and take on your competitors

David has just finished reading The Challenger Spirit by Khurshed Denugara and Claire Genkai Breeze and couldn’t resist sharing one of its many highlights. Huge thanks to Kylie Roberts from Grant Thornton for recommending it. The Challenger Spirit is a great read but not the type of book that I would have been interested in…or…

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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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