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 17 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 18 hours ago.

CIO Roundtable June 2015 1 Reply

"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 Ivan Brooks yesterday.

Media and Events 35 Replies

A sample of the publications and speaking…Continue

Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Karen Foster Mar 12.

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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New Ways of Working

I was at an event last week and one of the participants quoted Leo Tolstoy who once said:

“Everyone wants to change the world but no one wants to change themselves”

What a great sentence. In a single line he hints at why we find it so difficult to change ourselves – because it’s hard. There is no avoiding this simple truth.

Yet if we really want to…


Posted by Rowan Gray on April 15, 2015 at 12:00

Customer Blind

Why most organisations fail to breakthrough to great service

Stunned. Exasperated. Outraged. This is how we, as customers, regularly feel after interacting with organisations we pay for goods or services.

It’s as if many organisations we encounter are customer blind - they somehow can’t really see how poor our experience is. We encounter frustrating processes,…


Posted by Paul Sweeney on April 14, 2015 at 14:00

The D Word

A Recruitment Agency for the Dying.

The D word doesn’t really get discussed much in business. Occasionally you hear stories of someone in the work place who dies unexpectedly and when that happens the most common thing people say to me is “it really makes you stop and think…”

A few months ago I ran a mindful life retreat and as part of the theme of the weekend we were exploring…


Posted by Claire Breeze on April 14, 2015 at 11:00

Dumb Rules and Other Baggage

It wasn’t until I sat with a friend in a restaurant in France that I realised how many crazy rules I maintain which govern my life.

When I read the menu I liked the look of all the starters but wasn’t particularly enamoured with any of the main courses. Nevertheless when the waiter approached to take our order I dutifully chose one of each. In contrast when the…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on April 8, 2015 at 10:41

Dishonouring Honour

Have you ever completed a task at work and then looked back and thought “I know we always do that but actually I am not sure why” or “I don’t see the point of that but its probably just easier to do it than ask why we bother”? It can feel far more comfortable to be controlled by our habitual patterns of behaviour than to break out from them, or even just to be conscious enough to…


Posted by Nick Mabey on April 6, 2015 at 9:00

The Challenges of Being Real

I am in the middle of facilitating a workshop for a senior executive team that has been having difficulty with its relationships. A heady brew of competition, isolation and attack of each other’s competence has left us in a bit of a difficult place.

It seems to be the thing nowadays, all of us exhorted to be authentic; I do the same in my facilitation. "Be…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on April 2, 2015 at 11:30

A Racing Mind

It’s 10.30am on a Sunday morning and I’m in a bad place.

When most people are enjoying a lazy start to their day I am 10 miles into a marathon distance race in northern Spain and I’ve already gone to the dark side.  My body is holding up fine but my mind desperately wants to stop already. I know this is bad news as I’m unlikely to be feeling much better in another 10…


Posted by Rowan Gray on March 11, 2015 at 9:30

Leave while you are still in love

How do you know when it is time to leave your organisation; especially if you have been there many years, learned loads, enjoyed and suffered the ups and downs in equal measure, and still love your colleagues dearly? It maybe a logic-driven decision from your head with a clear career trajectory in mind; or perhaps a deeply felt, emotional pull of your heart’s calling,…


Posted by Clare Southall on March 11, 2015 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

It's All My Fault

“How do you describe the difficulties you face?” I asked the client I had just been introduced to.

“It’s very simple,” she said. “We have a strategy of growth and a culture of survival.”

I have heard this paradox described in many different ways but rarely as succinctly as in her words. The economic crisis had taken its toll on this organisation. Keeping your job,…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on March 6, 2015 at 18:00

Advocating Type I Errors

I was working with a leadership team a while ago soon after one of their colleagues had been medically retired with a serious stress-related illness.  Trying hard not to judge (and probably failing!)  I asked them if they had not been able to spot any signs in the build up to his breakdown.  To my surprise, and hindsight being a wonderful thing, they told a collection of…


Posted by Nick Mabey on March 6, 2015 at 12:00


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