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Do we measure what matters?

I have found myself thinking a lot recently about how I, and others measure achievement, and what feels like a disproportionate amount of value we place on some familiar and habitual ways of measuring success.  I am a reluctant participant in my own inquiry because I don’t want to feel so constrained by this and yet currently I most certainly am!

There are a number of…


Posted by Clare Southall on June 8, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Riding with purpose and fear

My friend and I travelled down to Dorset in the West Country last weekend.

Except we cycled there. And back. 

Starting in London, it was two days of pedalling through sleepy villages and lost lanes. The weather was glorious and the scenery was stunning.

Yet I mostly struggled to appreciate the views as I endured a roller coaster of hills and…


Posted by Rowan Gray on June 8, 2016 at 10:30

The Artist's Bin

It was hard to imagine the business structure without his team there, their creation was based on the insight he was most proud of and couldn't let it go. We had admired his work over the years from a distance - he was one of those that the original Challenger research was based on. He is a little older now, a little greyer around the temples, a little more conservative in his dress, a…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on June 3, 2016 at 19:58

The Inadvertent Saboteur

I don’t know the origin of the expression ‘no single snowflake is responsible for the avalanche’ but I do know that I really like it as a metaphor for change. The idea that many tiny actions will eventually amount to transformation but you can never be sure which one will create critical mass, is very appealing to me because it mirrors what I see happening. It also suggests…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on May 27, 2016 at 18:00

Taming the ego

I’m tightly gripping my handlebars. My breath is laboured and I’m desperately watching the back wheel of the bicycle in front of me. 

Then without any warning the wheel surges ahead. I let out a groan. There’s a steep hill ahead and I know my friend is going to ‘attack’ the 12% gradient. 

I get out of my saddle and push hard through my pedals to bridge the gap…


Posted by Rowan Gray on April 18, 2016 at 15:00

Being In A Relationship

‘Being in a relationship’.

 Four fairly innocuous words that can be interpreted in so many ways and mean so much to so many. In the business world we talk about relationships and in our Challenger work we talk about relationships. We believe that at the heart of high-performing teams is an investment in…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on April 18, 2016 at 14:30

Shallow Breathing

We walk into the new section of the building, my footfall is definitely less heavy here, something has changed in the thickness of the floor covering, it is quiet here too, like we have closed the door on the real world of this business and entered some hallowed ground. I notice my breath is shallow and stuck at the top of my chest.

The two people we are here to meet…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on April 17, 2016 at 11:30


She already had tears in her eyes as she rose to explain to us what was going to happen next.  The day before we had walked out an hour early as a show of solidarity to fellow workers who had been suspended.  So now we had to sign a form ensuring we would not do that again.  It was Anne’s job to explain this and get us to sign.  We already knew we would not sign and so did she.  We already knew…


Posted by Nick Mabey on March 8, 2016 at 7:30

Anger Over Fear

At first I felt very angry, they were having a go at me, my whole body was flushed with an enormous surge of emotion. My mind was trying to grab anything that would get me through this and everything in my body was ready for a fight.

Then I stopped and gave it a little longer. It may…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on February 15, 2016 at 13:27

Pussyfooters and Hammerers

When I was first introduced to the Confronting Model * by my colleague Claire Genkai Breeze many years ago I found it immediately helpful. Even without the need for any further explanation of the model, the way I had previously viewed confrontation was turned on its head when it was revealed to me that the etymology of the word ‘confronting’…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on February 9, 2016 at 19:00


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