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 23 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

Tags: Dance_Prod_And_Shuffle

Started by Mandy Bennett in Challenger Days. Last reply by Lynne Karmouh on Friday.

CIO Roundtable June 2015 4 Replies

"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 Nick Mabey on Tuesday.

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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Steamrollers are not nimble!

 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…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on May 12, 2015 at 10:00

Moments of Strewth*

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…


Posted by Nick Mabey on May 9, 2015 at 15:30

Feeling My Way

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…


Posted by Kenneth Hogg on May 8, 2015 at 8:30

Holiday In Jakarta

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…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on May 4, 2015 at 17:30

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

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…


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


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