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.



Challenger Days Experiment Five - Dance, Prod and Shuffle 26 Replies

We are delighted to be holding our fifth Challenger Day  on 30th June 2015 at the  Kensington Roof Gardens These days are intended to bring more depth to the ideas published in …Continue

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Started by Mandy Bennett in Challenger Days. Last reply by Lynne Karmouh Jul 7.

Media and Events 38 Replies

A sample of the publications and speaking…Continue

Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Lynne Karmouh Jun 25.

CIO Roundtable June 2015 4 Replies

"The Messy Reality of Change"A CIO Round TableHosted by Relume and LaFosse Associates at One Alfred Place, London. WC1E 7EB6.00 -…Continue

Started by Asher Rickayzen in Learning From The Unconventional. Last reply by Nick Mabey May 19.

CIO Roundtable February 2015 14 Replies

"The Messy Reality of Change"A CIO Round TableHosted by Relume and La Fosse Associates at One Alfred Place, London. WC1E 7EB6.00 -…Continue

Started by Rowan Gray in Media And Events. Last reply by Asher Rickayzen Mar 4.


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Using Movement to Inspire Change

I can’t believe it’s nearly eighteen months since I joined Relume.

The learning experience has been steep. To work at…


Posted by Rowan Gray on July 15, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘til its Gone”

 As many of you know, for as long as I can remember I have being studying part-time for a PhD. In fact I am sure there are some of you who probably thought I would never finish it and I have to say that the same thought had crossed my mind more than a few times over the years.  Well a couple of weeks ago I attended my “vive voce” and subsequently my research…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on July 8, 2015 at 21:00

Breaking From My Education

So is it wise to write a blog when you really don’t know what a blog is?  If, like me, your only recollection of reading one is a missive from a garden shed enthusiast (admittedly ending with a very fine picture of a humidifier) is this really a good idea?  Best get on with it then.  

So what has brought out the bloggeryness in me?  I have recently been…


Posted by Sonia Joseph on July 8, 2015 at 18:00

The Dance of Blind Reflex

We recently held our fifth Challenger Day. A Challenger Day is the chance for us to experiment with 50 or so willing guinea-pigs from many different organisations who are interested in the way that organisational and personal change is approached. Or to steal the words of one of the participants at the end, it was "the opportunity to reflect, explore, challenge and create." We…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on July 8, 2015 at 8:30

On Being a Man

I remember getting angry once about twenty-five years ago when I heard there was a ‘women’s network’ at BT.   I am not sure what I was getting so frothed up about.  I’ve always been an advocate for gender equality and I had no personal grudges against the women involved.   It might have been that this was a club I was excluded from, which activated a sense of injustice.  It might also…


Posted by Nick Mabey on June 9, 2015 at 11:00

Missing Pieces

He was bringing me a whole new level of experience in the concept of denial. Our work had begun because there was persistent background noise around this senior leader’s tendency to push, dominate and bully his way into making things happen. Our early experiences together showed me a…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on June 8, 2015 at 19:00

Are We There Yet?

I was lucky enough to attend my first same sex marriage recently. It made me feel proud to live in a country where diversity has progressed to the point of equality … at least in that regard. Many of the guests might rightly have pointed out the time taken for this change to happen. The address written by the couple paid testimony to the many who had struggled to achieve the…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on June 6, 2015 at 11:00

In Search of Identity

In my 26 years of working at Aviva, I have performed numerous different jobs, with a variety of different job titles, all assigned to me in order to help create an identity of who I am and how I fit in at work. Initially, back in 1989, I was a Trainee Pensions Administrator – a new starter who joined Norwich Union on…


Posted by Laurence Beckett on June 5, 2015 at 11:00

Steamrollers are not nimble!

 Sometimes when I hear people discussing the issues they are currently facing in work I count my blessings that I have been lucky over my career to have worked for some great challenger leaders. One in particular, who I will keep anonymous, I could talk about at length for so many positive reasons, but for the purposes of this blog I want to discuss his notion of “the nimble…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on May 12, 2015 at 10:00

Moments of Strewth*

My work often means having conversations with people about their careers.  It always fascinates me to discover the paths we all take to end up where we are.  When I started in business, in the 80s, it felt like the paths were well trodden and straightforward.  By starting at point A, it was quite easy to predict that retirement would come at point D, via B and C. 

As time has…


Posted by Nick Mabey on May 9, 2015 at 15:30


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