David recently spotted a great example of communication that was designed to convey information and feeling. I chuckled to myself when I went to top up my mobile charge on the train from Newcastle to London yesterday. I have seen many versions of the instructions that sit next to on-train charge points. Most have a…Details
We know that people are happier at work when they can be themselves. We love to see personalities shine through and it’s great when that’s allowed to happen. Here’s a big ‘thumbs up’ from Lucy for Argos. Did you know that updates are part of your App Store app? Have you ever expanded the text on an…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Thanks to Victoria Scranage of Butterfly Image Consultancy for this photo, snapped at Granville Island, Canada. I hope you’re enjoying the food tour, Victoria!
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
David was just walking past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank in London when a quote from Hamlet made him realise he had some fundamental errors in his New Year’s resolutions. So I set myself a New Year’s resolution of walking more and here I was, in the cold winter sunshine, walking down the…Details
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…Details
At Rambutan, we’re hugely excited and proud as punch that Craig recently achieved his Hogan assessment accreditation. We managed to grab a few minutes with Craig to chat about what this means. Q: What’s Hogan assessment when it’s at home then? It’s a series of leadership-focused, powerful personality assessments to help leaders understand their own…Details
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…Details
At Rambutan, we’re immensely proud and delighted that Mark recently achieved his Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) accreditation. We managed to grab a quick chat with Mark about what this means. Q: So what’s ESCI when it’s at home then, Mark? It’s a well-renowned 360° assessment tool that’s linked to emotional intelligence. As an…Details
All the bunch at Rambutan would like to wish our clients a refreshing Christmas and a fruitful New Year!
We look forward to working with you all again in 2017.
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…Details