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.



The Mindful Life 9 Replies

The Mindful Life is a social enterprise that was created in 2009 to offer people…Continue

Started by Nick Mabey in The Mindful Life. Last reply by Nick Mabey yesterday.

CIO Roundtable 4 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 Andrew Richardson on Tuesday.

Media and Events 46 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 Asher Rickayzen Dec 4.

Learning From The Unconventional 70 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 Nov 21.


Blog Posts

Scared of the Dark

"Can I sit on your lap now Daddy?"

"No - you haven't finished your food yet."

"Ok but when I have finished my food can I eat dessert while sitting on your lap?"

"Maybe - as long as it isn't slurpy stuff. What do you want for afters?"

"Ice cream!"

This has become something of a ritual for my daughters. The younger one particularly, loves the after…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on December 8, 2014 at 12:30

What's The Catch?

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself – Benjamin Franklin

The fact that the Constitution of the United States enshrines the right to the pursuit of happiness has always seemed to be me to be one of the more admirable sentiments it contains. The capitalism that has emerged as the dominant…


Posted by Simon Heath on December 8, 2014 at 12:00

Open Leadership

"Looking up, letting go and getting out of the way are, I think, essentials of leadership now. From my experience that is much more difficult to get your head around, and do well, than it sounds. I found it feels wrong, and can be hard to stick to when pressure is on, but does produce amazing results." fuchsia blue blog Comment, Nov 10th 2014 - Emma Browse - Senior HR Officer - Leeds City…


Posted by Julie Drybrough on December 8, 2014 at 8:00

The Urge to Escape

It happens to me quite often. And it seems to be getting stronger and more regular. Or am I just noticing it more?

Let’s be honest, my life is spent pretty much in the corporate establishment. My home life provides peace, excitement, nourishment, but it is a sort of safety valve. All my working focus is with relatively wealthy, relatively healthy, relatively happy, relatively…


Posted by Nick Mabey on December 8, 2014 at 7:30

The Importance of Not Caring

Published on behalf of Tim Jackson, a senior leader at one of our clients.

There are two great answers that can identify an opportunity for change. If, in response to the question “Why do we do that?”, the replies come either “Because we always have” or “I don’t know”, you know you’re onto…


Posted by Clare Southall on November 13, 2014 at 16:00

Poetry Please!

In my blog in July, Mind Your Language, I wrote about a language of evocation being needed in relation to change, to supplement the more familiar exhortations around battle and quest. I am not suggesting that all the responsibility for this should be borne by leaders, but how can they and we create the environment where we are all invited into this important and more…


Posted by Clare Southall on November 13, 2014 at 13:00

Everybody's Problem

‘This feels extremely odd’, I thought to myself as I waited by a couple of comfy chairs and a table in a very busy office. I was there to run a training course and had been surprised to find that this particular organisation did not have a receptionist. I had gained access because someone had exited just when I was looking helpless at the security door and asked me if I needed to…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on November 4, 2014 at 14:00

Made to Move

Are you sitting down at the moment? My guess is you probably are. Now pause for a moment and think about how it feels to be sitting. Do you have that satisfied feeling that comes after a long walk or run, or is the feeling more sluggish? Perhaps you’re mentally exhausted?  

I believe that we were made to move. Yet bizarrely most of us spend the greatest part of the day sitting. Need to eat?…


Posted by Rowan Gray on October 15, 2014 at 10:00

Invitation to Help Cause a Reformation in Coaching

We will be hosting a series of three meetings to explore methods for contemporary coaching approaches starting later this year.  Our aim is to cause a reformation in a coaching practice which has been largely untouched for 30 years. Details can be found on this link:…


Posted by Claire Breeze on October 14, 2014 at 22:00

The Challenger Coach Has Questions

I first began coaching thirty years ago.

If we spend a moment going back in time together we can paint a picture of what work was like and how those conditions created a response called Executive Coaching. 

It was a pre personal computer age and if you were a senior executive you were likely to have a personal assistant, an in-tray and a lunch…


Posted by Claire Breeze on October 14, 2014 at 19:30


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