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.
Sometimes when I hear people discussing the issues they are currently facing in work I count my blessings that I have been lucky over my career to have worked for some great challenger leaders. One in particular, who I will keep anonymous, I could talk about at length for so many positive reasons, but for the purposes of this blog I want to discuss his notion of “the nimble…Continue
Posted by Mandy Bennett on May 12, 2015 at 10:00
My work often means having conversations with people about their careers. It always fascinates me to discover the paths we all take to end up where we are. When I started in business, in the 80s, it felt like the paths were well trodden and straightforward. By starting at point A, it was quite easy to predict that retirement would come at point D, via B and C.
As time has…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on May 9, 2015 at 15:30
My personal development over the last year has moved in two parallel directions: an inward journey into previously unexplored areas of my self; and the outward journey of my self in the world. In both directions I’ve discovered places I didn’t know existed. They weren’t on my maps before. I know that others have found these places before me, and much earlier in their lives. But I’m…Continue
Posted by Kenneth Hogg on May 8, 2015 at 8:30
Have you ever seen the musical 'Holiday in Jakarta'? The plot is far fetched (as is the plot in many musicals), it's about a local restaurateur who begins poisoning tourists because he's fed up with them invading his beautiful island. If your answer was 'no' then I'm not surprised. It's very unlikely that you would have seen it given that it was only ever performed once. Similarly…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on May 4, 2015 at 17:30
“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…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on April 15, 2015 at 12:00
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,…Continue
Posted by Paul Sweeney on April 14, 2015 at 14:00
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 what it means to make the most of our…Continue
Posted by Claire Breeze on April 14, 2015 at 11:00
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…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on April 8, 2015 at 10:41
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…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on April 6, 2015 at 9:00
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…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on April 2, 2015 at 11:30