The Challenger Spirit

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.



The Mindful Life 8 Replies

The Mindful Life is a social enterprise that was created in 2009 to offer people…Continue

Started by Nick Mabey in The Mindful Life. Last reply by Nick Mabey Oct 7.

Praxis Experiments in Awareness 2nd -3rd June 2014 47 Replies

An experiential day of practice and research hosted byThe Oxford Praxis ForumGreen Templeton College, Oxford UniversityThe day is organised around these two questions - what are the entry points to a…Continue

Started by Karen Foster in Praxis Experiment. Last reply by Rob Poynton Sep 29.

Media and Events 45 Replies

A sample of the publications and speaking platforms we are contributing to through our research and…Continue

Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Susanna Mitterer Sep 21.

Learning From The Unconventional 68 Replies

Stimulation and insight from sources outside of corporate life.Please scroll through the pages for the most recent entries.Continue

Started by Khurshed Dehnugara in Learning From The Unconventional. Last reply by Khurshed Dehnugara Aug 22.


Blog Posts

Made to Move

Are you sitting down at the moment? My guess is you probably are. Now pause for a moment and think about how it feels to be sitting. Do you have that satisfied feeling that comes after a long walk or run, or is the feeling more sluggish? Perhaps you’re mentally exhausted?  

I believe that we were made to move. Yet bizarrely most of us spend the greatest part of the day sitting. Need to eat?…


Posted by Rowan Gray on October 15, 2014 at 10:00

Invitation to Help Cause a Reformation in Coaching

We will be hosting a series of three meetings to explore methods for contemporary coaching approaches starting later this year.  Our aim is to cause a reformation in a coaching practice which has been largely untouched for 30 years. Details can be found on this link:…


Posted by Claire Breeze on October 14, 2014 at 22:00

The Challenger Coach Has Questions

I first began coaching thirty years ago.

If we spend a moment going back in time together we can paint a picture of what work was like and how those conditions created a response called Executive Coaching. 

It was a pre personal computer age and if you were a senior executive you were likely to have a personal assistant, an in-tray and a lunch…


Posted by Claire Breeze on October 14, 2014 at 19:30

The Value of a Good Map

I am sitting with my coaching client and laid out in front of us on a piece of A4 blank paper we have a map; not a conventional map of course but in fact a constellation of the key elements in the issue he is struggling to unpack.

We are using arrow shaped post-it notes to identify the elements – in this case people including himself – and he has placed them using two key…


Posted by Clare Southall on October 13, 2014 at 21:00

Could timing be everything?

The only real way to train a dog is to positively reward the behaviour, which you want them to demonstrate and repeat. Timing is everything. I am sure most of you have witnessed a situation where someone is calling and calling their dog to come back to them and the dog, being a dog, has a sudden bout of deafness and carries on sniffing and chasing around. The…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on October 11, 2014 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Coaching on the Run

I’ve been coaching Katherine for the past few months, and our contract has been to explore what purpose means so that she can bring sharper focus to her desire to develop her personal and professional practice. What made this coaching assignment different was that we agreed to hold our coaching sessions whilst running together.

We agreed to meet for an hour once very two…


Posted by Nick Mabey on October 10, 2014 at 11:30

To Declare or Not To Declare?

The first week back from the summer break and I was sitting discussing with colleagues the things we had done over the holidays. I happened to mention that I had done something that was on my list of “things to do” which sparked an interesting conversation regarding how likely things are to happen by chance or through some form of planning or public declaration. Since then…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on September 10, 2014 at 21:30

Brain Fireworks

As I start my new role as Organisation Development lead for Save the Children I was asked by the Challenger Spirit to write guest blogs about my experiences. I wanted the first blog to give some context and to throw out more questions than I currently have answers to.

So the new job came about because Save the Children and Merlin announced their…


Posted by Louise Searle on September 10, 2014 at 21:00

A walk in the mountains - reflections on movement and resilience

I have just returned from a walk in the mountains. By this I mean nine days trekking through the French and Italian Alps. I briefly passed through these mountains a few summers’ ago and have since wanted to spend time there.

I quickly fell in love with the towering spires of rock balancing precariously high above me and the green…


Posted by Rowan Gray on September 10, 2014 at 19:00

The Sound of Silence

Are you getting enough silence in your life? How much does silence feature in your work?

As I write this I hear the questions in my head, the whirring of my computer, a clock ticking in the background, a soft high-pitched whistle in my left ear (tinnitus I believe), birdsong, and a faint sound of car engines.

As you read this please just pause now and listen to the…


Posted by Nick Mabey on September 10, 2014 at 9:30


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