The Challenger Spirit

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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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Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Khurshed Dehnugara Apr 9, 2016.


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Establishment Foundations

I’ve been facing my fear for about a year now.  Prior to that I had 50 years on the planet not even knowing I head this fear.  How can that be possible?

Well my supervisor said I had ‘complex defensive structures’.   When she said it I was rather pleased because it sounded cool.  But then after going through some seriously painful learning it turns out it is not so cool…


Posted by Nick Mabey on February 14, 2017 at 9:00

Meeting John Smith

Exploring my identity with masks

I am looking across the room at eight people facing me. 

They are quietly staring back, observing me, waiting for me to say something. 

I’m feeling uncertain.

My hands are slightly trembling. 

I’m on the edge of…


Posted by Rowan Gray on January 23, 2017 at 9:00

Cracking Open

I hadn't ever been allowed past it, the protective shell around the inner experience that was at the heart of who he was. It was just too strong, the defences were a multitude and he left me wondering what it was that was so difficult that he wouldn't want access to. Our conversations were pleasant enough, I doubt I did much more at the start than be someone to talk to in confidence and…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on January 21, 2017 at 17:00

Discarding the Overcoat

In being asked to reflect on my work with Challengers this year I fell into a review of myself as a Challenger to my own establishment.

By way of biography, earlier this year I left my job and the company I’d been working in for 12 years. It had not always been a comfortable 12 years but it was known and understood and at times exciting and stretching. And it provided…


Posted by Ann Paul on January 17, 2017 at 16:30

Disconnection - The Near Enemy Of Non-Attachment?

Grasping, trying, desperate for signs of approval.  Showing off, dominating, making people laugh, anything to feel their validation.  Suffocating at the prospect of rejection, try harder, tell them a story, make them feel better.  Anything to make them love me.

This is often a voice in my head – the voice of my attachment.  In its grip…


Posted by Nick Mabey on January 16, 2017 at 10:00

Where The Wilds Things Are

He is usually a mild man, known for his gentle demeanour and care for others. His smile is almost never absent from his face and his efforts are always on behalf of someone else. An e mail or call is never going to be a selfish one,…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on November 17, 2016 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

In communication less can be more

Recently I went to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.  Having spent many evenings at the RFH over my 25 years in London I realised on entering the auditorium that all my previous visits had only involved the bar or restaurant – clearly I’m not as highbrow as I thought.

The concert was by Chineke! a black and ethnic minority orchestra who play both…


Posted by Ann Paul on November 16, 2016 at 10:30

Organisational Structures & Leading through Relationships

I’m thinking about structures. Organisational structures and restructures and the way we organise ourselves at work – how we plan, decide, action… you know, that configuration-y stuff. Partly, this has been sparked by recent work around matrix stuctures, and partly by reading …


Posted by Julie Drybrough on November 16, 2016 at 10:00

Ask a Different Question

Change is a deeply ironic thing. At its heart lies a paradox that offers a complementary way of supporting individual and organizational development.

Our world is constantly changing. The rate of change may be increasing, but it has always been in flux. This basic fact about the world is recognized by the maxim ‘you can never step in the same river twice’ – attributed to…


Posted by Benjamin Graham on November 14, 2016 at 18:00

Death by Powerpoint

Steve Chapman explores impermanence in this illustrated blog…

Posted by Steve Chapman on October 24, 2016 at 9:30


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