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.
“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…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
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…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on March 11, 2015 at 9:30
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,…Continue
“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,…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on March 6, 2015 at 18:00
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…Continue
Posted by Nick Mabey on March 6, 2015 at 12:00