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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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

The Paradox of Risk

‘We need more innovation!’

It was our weekly sales meeting and we were clustered around the Head of Department’s desk to review new work in our pipeline.

The pipeline wasn’t looking bad, but it wasn’t great either. The Head of Department had joined the team a few years earlier with an entrepreneurial background and many great ideas for the future direction of our…


Posted by Rowan Gray on October 14, 2015 at 14:00

Please Tell Me The Answer

It was with a mixture of anticipatory disappointment and fragile optimism that I watched Any Questions recently on the BBC. The news was full of the horrors of the refugee crisis and I was hoping to hear something positive from the great and the good appearing on the show; something that would give me reason to believe the future for these poor people would be better than the…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on October 7, 2015 at 18:30

The Cost (and Benefit) of Paying Attention

I often work at home.  And often when I am working at home I like a coffee in the morning.  And often when I like a coffee in the morning I treat myself to a couple of biscuits (especially if I have earlier been for a run).

It was on one such morning, with coffee and biscuits procured and on my cluttered desk…


Posted by Nick Mabey on October 7, 2015 at 8:24 — 1 Comment

Red, Hot and Agitated

He is a big man, at a guess he is not far off retirement and not used to finding himself in this position. His face has gone bright red, setting a contrast with both his shock of grey hair and pink shirt. We are standing together in the middle of the room and the rest of his team, peer group and manager are watching our conversation. We keep pushing gently into…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on September 27, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

The Difference Between Rest and Recovery

Resilience is essential for anyone that wants to create change.

We did some research a few years ago by interviewing leaders in business that challenge the status quo.

Through these conversations, and our own experience, we noticed a number of common behaviours of what it takes to create a positive disturbance in a department, organisation or…


Posted by Rowan Gray on September 15, 2015 at 14:00

Going Round in Circles

How often do you sit round in a circle at work, particularly without a desk or table in front of you?  Has that ever happened?  What did you notice?

We often aim for this when we are working with clients; assuming the table isn’t bolted to the floor and entwined with cables (an increasingly common occurrence).   When we manage to set up a room in this way there is often…


Posted by Nick Mabey on September 14, 2015 at 12:30

Living and Learning

I had the absolute pleasure last week of working alongside a group of people who had deep levels of trust and respect for each other and huge passion and enthusiasm for their work.  They were also able in the moment to suspend judgement and keep an open mind on what could only be described as “out there stuff”(in relation to most traditional organisational mindsets) which my dear…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on September 11, 2015 at 16:30

The Challenge of China

Having read this blog for many years from my adopted base in China and heard all the doom and gloom reported recently in Western media about the slowdown in the Chinese economy I wanted to redress the balance and assure you that there is no shortage of people here who are actively continuing to challenge the status quo.

It has been fascinating to observe the challenger…


Posted by David Joseph on September 10, 2015 at 20:00


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