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.



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.

Praxis Experiments in Awareness 2nd -3rd June 2014 46 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 Khurshed Dehnugara Jul 29.

Media and Events 42 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 Jul 4.

Values in the City: do they need to change? Join the debate

 On  Tuesday 1st July, 6:30pm - 9:00pm at  St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AGWe live in times of unprecedented change, uncertainty, and insecurity. Economic and organisational life is becoming…Continue

Started by Karen Foster in Media And Events Jun 12.


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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…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on August 13, 2014 at 9:00

August Time

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…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on August 13, 2014 at 8:30

Oh those little things……….

 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…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on July 16, 2014 at 14:28

Mind Your Language

I have been thinking a lot about language recently; how we use it all the time but maybe don’t always pay enough attention to what we are saying and how we are saying it.

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…


Posted by Clare Southall on July 15, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Beneath The Veneer

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…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on July 9, 2014 at 18:30

Best Before?

Today is my 50th Birthday. 

In all my life this is the only day I get to truthfully write that sentence.  And now the day is here it becomes a day just like any other (only with more cake!). 

I now realise I have been building up to being 50 for several months.  As I look back I see my own version of a grief cycle; denial…anger…more denial…depression…bargaining…a…


Posted by Nick Mabey on July 8, 2014 at 18:00

Challenger Day 4 - Challenger as Learner

Here is a short video of our recent Challenger Day on learning. You can read more about the topic of learning and the run up to the day here and…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on July 4, 2014 at 16:30

Taking Mindfulness Off The Mat: The Top Five Things You Should Know

People, who have grown up on a diet of objectives, goals, trying hard and not accepting things as they are, naturally find mindfulness practice strange at first. To lead is to be an agent of change, to practice mindfulness is to be an agent of noticing things simply as they are without trying to change them. You…


Posted by Claire Breeze on June 10, 2014 at 20:30

My Fourteen Mile Journey

I have run for 20 years but it has only been in the last 8 years that I have started racing.  As a fitness coach and a stay at home mother, running has become very important to me.  Not only does it maintain my fitness levels but also it has become my version of mindfulness in what is a very busy life that pulls me in various directions and requires me to be many different…


Posted by Kirsty Coltart on June 10, 2014 at 9:00

My Mindfulness Experience at Bonhays....

I have been fortunate to have experienced 3 weekend retreats with Claire and the team since 2010.  I was introduced to mindfulness by a good friend of mine, Nick Mabey, and although I was sceptical, the thought of increasing my resilience at a critical time in my career seemed impossible to resist.

It’s very hard to put into words my experiences over the 3…


Posted by Russell Taylor on June 8, 2014 at 12:30


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