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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Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Khurshed Dehnugara Nov 9, 2015.


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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

Shedding the corporate armour

My business faced a period of unprecedented change in 2015.  

It was a year of dramatic cost cutting, pricing pressure, significant redundancies and morale was at the lowest ebb I had witnessed over the past 24 years. 

Three weeks before the Christmas break, with multiple year end appraisals and personal objectives to complete, I decided to take a week out of…


Posted by Jason Gubb on January 19, 2016 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

A new energy

I started my leadership journey many years ago, maybe as many as 20 (gulp), when I realised to make a difference within healthcare I had to enthuse others, influence beyond my own boundaries and start to really challenge myself, my colleagues and other departments to work together to deliver better, more joined up care.

I recall attending my first NHS leadership course at the time…


Posted by janice preston on January 19, 2016 at 17:30

A Further Inquiry into Hope

  “Hope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”

This quotation attributed to St Augustine maybe centuries old, but it feels very relevant today given recent events in Paris, in Tunisia, over Egypt, in Syria and beyond. A BBC…


Posted by Clare Southall on November 30, 2015 at 13:30

The Engagement Stand-off

Am I the only one who gets worried about the way employee engagement surveys are often handled? I have no argument at all with the need for employee engagement and the emphasis that is placed on it, but it seems that sometimes the surveys themselves become part of the problem. I can also understand the argument that if something is important then individual reward should be…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on November 19, 2015 at 15:30

Grappling with Despair

I took the family to see the latest Bond movie, Spectre, on Friday night.  The film divided opinion amongst us (as I believe it has done nationally).  Personally I thoroughly enjoyed it; there was a throwback feel to the Connery/Moore era where the humour was sharp, the sexual politics dubious, the plot ridiculous and the villains unequivocally evil. 

On the car…


Posted by Nick Mabey on November 18, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment


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