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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Please Tell Me The Answer

It was with a mixture of anticipatory disappointment and fragile optimism that I watched Any Questions recently on the BBC. The news was full of the horrors of the refugee crisis and I was hoping to hear something positive from the great and the good appearing on the show; something that would give me reason to believe the future for these poor people would be better than the…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on October 7, 2015 at 18:30

The Cost (and Benefit) of Paying Attention

I often work at home.  And often when I am working at home I like a coffee in the morning.  And often when I like a coffee in the morning I treat myself to a couple of biscuits (especially if I have earlier been for a run).

It was on one such morning, with coffee and biscuits procured and on my cluttered desk…


Posted by Nick Mabey on October 7, 2015 at 8:24

Red, Hot and Agitated

He is a big man, at a guess he is not far off retirement and not used to finding himself in this position. His face has gone bright red, setting a contrast with both his shock of grey hair and pink shirt. We are standing together in the middle of the room and the rest of his team, peer group and manager are watching our conversation. We keep pushing gently into…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on September 27, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

The Difference Between Rest and Recovery

Resilience is essential for anyone that wants to create change.

We did some research a few years ago by interviewing leaders in business that challenge the status quo.

Through these conversations, and our own experience, we noticed a number of common behaviours of what it takes to create a positive disturbance in a department, organisation or…


Posted by Rowan Gray on September 15, 2015 at 14:00

Going Round in Circles

How often do you sit round in a circle at work, particularly without a desk or table in front of you?  Has that ever happened?  What did you notice?

We often aim for this when we are working with clients; assuming the table isn’t bolted to the floor and entwined with cables (an increasingly common occurrence).   When we manage to set up a room in this way there is often…


Posted by Nick Mabey on September 14, 2015 at 12:30

Living and Learning

I had the absolute pleasure last week of working alongside a group of people who had deep levels of trust and respect for each other and huge passion and enthusiasm for their work.  They were also able in the moment to suspend judgement and keep an open mind on what could only be described as “out there stuff”(in relation to most traditional organisational mindsets) which my dear…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on September 11, 2015 at 16:30

The Challenge of China

Having read this blog for many years from my adopted base in China and heard all the doom and gloom reported recently in Western media about the slowdown in the Chinese economy I wanted to redress the balance and assure you that there is no shortage of people here who are actively continuing to challenge the status quo.

It has been fascinating to observe the challenger…


Posted by David Joseph on September 10, 2015 at 20:00

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


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