This blog and forum from Relume is dedicated to our research project into the culture, spirit and leadership of Challenger Organisations.
Membership consists of senior executives from commercial organisations that want to challenge the status quo in themselves, their business and market sector.
Starting in London, I cycled with my friend Felix and broadly followed the 2016 Tour de France route over the Pyrenees and into northern Spain
We were meant to be competing in the…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on September 12, 2016 at 9:30
I feel tentative, my stomach clenching as I contemplate it. My mind is going ten to the dozen with a toxic mixture of ideas of how to get out of it and images of the many ways it can go wrong and I can look bad. Dread washes over me and, instinctively, without even knowing it, I turn my attention away. To football, internet surfing,…Continue
We are sitting in the boardroom two years after the last CEO resigned wondering what has happened to this once great and dominant organisation. It is all too easy to make simple comparisons between the last regime and this one that paint the old days as the halcyon time when everything was going in the right direction. The current CEO and board are some of the best I…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on September 11, 2016 at 20:30
I’m over it.
To be honest, I’ve been over it for days – the news, the TV, watching the politics and the games and the claims and the counter claims. The inauthenticity of pre-prepped speechifying. Entire massive hulking gnarly issues conveniently disappeared. The egos. The stubbornness and blindness. The platitudes and clichés. The energy it…Continue
Posted by Julie Drybrough on July 14, 2016 at 0:00
I feel pretty exhausted by all the noise and clamour of recent events surrounding our exit from the EU. The unedifying behaviour of our political leaders in the run up to the vote, that has continued into the subsequent leadership contests, and all of the fallout whipped up in the tornado-like frenzy of the media.
A week after the decision to exit I was in my usual…Continue
This blog is a response to the Chilcot inquiry but it isn’t directly about politics. It is about the power of successful, established institutions to over-reach themselves and sow seeds of their own destruction. It is also about our collective responsibility to investigate what is happening…
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on July 11, 2016 at 11:30
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…Continue
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…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on June 8, 2016 at 10:30
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…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on June 3, 2016 at 19:58