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.



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Taming the ego

I’m tightly gripping my handlebars. My breath is laboured and I’m desperately watching the back wheel of the bicycle in front of me. 

Then without any warning the wheel surges ahead. I let out a groan. There’s a steep hill ahead and I know my friend is going to ‘attack’ the 12% gradient. 

I get out of my saddle and push hard through my pedals to bridge the gap…


Posted by Rowan Gray on April 18, 2016 at 15:00


‘Being in a relationship’.

 Four fairly innocuous words that can be interpreted in so many ways and mean so much to so many. In the business world we talk about relationships and in our Challenger work we talk about relationships. We believe that at the heart of high-performing teams is an…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on April 18, 2016 at 14:37

Shallow Breathing

We walk into the new section of the building, my footfall is definitely less heavy here, something has changed in the thickness of the floor covering, it is quiet here too, like we have closed the door on the real world of this business and entered some hallowed ground. I notice my breath is shallow and stuck at the top of my chest.

The two people we are here to meet…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on April 17, 2016 at 11:30


She already had tears in her eyes as she rose to explain to us what was going to happen next.  The day before we had walked out an hour early as a show of solidarity to fellow workers who had been suspended.  So now we had to sign a form ensuring we would not do that again.  It was Anne’s job to explain this and get us to sign.  We already knew we would not sign and so did she.  We already knew…


Posted by Nick Mabey on March 8, 2016 at 7:30

Anger Over Fear

At first I felt very angry, they were having a go at me, my whole body was flushed with an enormous surge of emotion. My mind was trying to grab anything that would get me through this and everything in my body was ready for a fight.

Then I stopped and gave it a little longer. It may…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on February 15, 2016 at 13:27

Pussyfooters and Hammerers

When I was first introduced to the Confronting Model * by my colleague Claire Genkai Breeze many years ago I found it immediately helpful. Even without the need for any further explanation of the model, the way I had previously viewed confrontation was turned on its head when it was revealed to me that the etymology of the word ‘confronting’…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on February 9, 2016 at 19:00

Buried Light

Untitled. Over Iran, 2016

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.‘ Jonathan Swift

I work with the invisible: oppression, power, love, creativity; the soul, perhaps even the spiritual. Working with the invisible has advantages – who could say that you don’t? – and…


Posted by Paul Stanley on February 4, 2016 at 17:00

Finding my voice

A few weeks ago, at a conference closing dinner, I stood up and dutifully did my turn, reciting a Robert Burns poem to 150 people.  By the standards of my fellow Scots my performance was pretty poor, but the international audience that evening were none the wiser and seemed to enjoy it.  And while I was doing it I felt good.  Confident.  In control of my voice.  Me.




Posted by Kenneth Hogg on February 2, 2016 at 20:30

Taking the plunge

I think you have to be a certain type of person to sign up to the Challenger Week.  Do you need to be open minded?  Definitely.  Prepared to question?  Yes.  A little devil may care?  Perhaps, for some.   Brave?  It helps. 

Maybe you read this and recognise yourself.  'Yes, that's me', you say.  Or perhaps you read this and feel a little nervous.  'Could I be like that?  Could…


Posted by Ann Paul on January 20, 2016 at 10:30

What I learnt from Challenger Week

I would struggle to overstate the impact of my week at the 'Challenger Retreat' with Claire, Khurshed, Rowan and ten other leaders from the corporate and social enterprise space in November 2015.

My experience has provided me with a totally new level of capability and personal capacity for my work. It has been the most profound shift in my effectiveness in the…


Posted by Michael Woodbury on January 20, 2016 at 10:00


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