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.
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
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…Continue
Posted by Mandy Bennett on September 10, 2014 at 21:30
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…Continue
Posted by Louise Searle on September 10, 2014 at 21:00
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…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on September 10, 2014 at 19:00
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…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on September 10, 2014 at 9:30
Most of the people we work with are responsible for leading significant phase shifts in the history of their teams, organisations and sometimes their own lives. Based on what we have seen over the years in organisational practice, as the early stages of a significant change start to touch our day to day living, we revert even more strongly to those…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on September 8, 2014 at 12:00
Have you ever noticed that the lyrics to summer songs are in the main very positive; Summertime, and the livin' is easy, Summer breeze makes me feel fine, In the summertime when the weather is high you can stretch right up and touch the sky. They reflect the fact that most of us feel more positive in the summer. Personally, whilst I have a number of reasons to love all the seasons, I…Continue
Posted by Mandy Bennett on August 13, 2014 at 9:00
I put the blame for the meandering nature of this blog firmly at the door of August, and the somewhat rambling nature of the world, or at least the world as I see it. A strange cocktail with some people working, many others on holiday, the newspapers giving space to stories which would never see the light of day if parliament were still in session or the football season was underway in…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on August 13, 2014 at 8:30
I am working away from home at the moment and whilst the quality of the hotel, bedroom, bed, and facilities is important, to be honest, almost any other hotel within a 20 mile radius of where I am staying can probably replicate all of it. I choose to be here because the staff are lovely and one in particular greets me with a huge hug, like a long lost family member who she…Continue
Posted by Mandy Bennett on July 16, 2014 at 14:28
When David Whyte, the poet was asked by a CEO in the US some years ago to come and work in his organisation - and David was struggling to understand why - it was because, the CEO said, the language…Continue
What is truly at the heart of your organisation's purpose? If you scraped everything else away, if you dug deeply, if you pressure tested what you found in the face of dilemmas ... what would you conclude?
I ask this question because it is so fundamental and without an answer we run the risk of building organisations on very weak foundations; organisations that will get found…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on July 9, 2014 at 18:30