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.



CIO Roundtable 11 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 Andrew Richardson Jan 23.

Media and Events 49 Replies

A sample of the publications and speaking…Continue

Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Karen Foster Jan 3.

The Mindful Life 9 Replies

The Mindful Life is a social enterprise that was created in 2009 to offer people…Continue

Started by Nick Mabey in The Mindful Life. Last reply by Nick Mabey Dec 19, 2014.

Learning From The Unconventional 70 Replies

Stimulation and insight from sources outside of corporate life.Please scroll through the pages for the most recent entries.Continue

Started by Khurshed Dehnugara in Learning From The Unconventional. Last reply by Khurshed Dehnugara Nov 21, 2014.


Blog Posts

Is it safe?

I have always been fascinated by the contradiction between the commonly held belief that our business decisions should be rational and the weight of evidence which seems to indicate that this is far from the truth. From what I understand, we reach decisions before we are even aware that we have reached a decision and then we invest effort in being able to post-rationalise that decision…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on January 30, 2015 at 14:30

D is for difference

  A great leader, in my mind, possesses the ability to split from norms and express or be guided by their own contrasting convictions. Perhaps more importantly, they are able to do this for others too. Open-mindedness relates to the way in which we approach the views and knowledge of others, and even ourselves. Though it is natural to make assumptions and form strong opinions,…


Posted by Kat Davis on January 12, 2015 at 10:00

My journey into emotion-led change leadership

'I don’t want to be a leader who hasn’t done their work.'  That feels to me like an important statement of ambition.  But what does it really mean for me?

The essence of my career has been leading change: creating the conditions for change; shaping a new direction; delivering reform.  Like many people I'm motivated by the opportunity to make a real…


Posted by Kenneth Hogg on January 10, 2015 at 18:00

Movements That Change From The Inside

We had an unexpected and lovely surprise this month, an award of 'Rebel of the Month'  from the Corporate Rebels United community.  

I am so encouraged by a small…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on January 10, 2015 at 10:30

My lightbulb moment

When I go to work, I put on my ‘go to work armour.’ It’s not a physical thing so don’t worry. This is about how I behave. It’s not like I make a conscious decision to act differently but there is something about needing to be confident, sure of myself, leaderful – well at least my own perceptions of it. Inevitably there is a bit of ‘acting like I think others…


Posted by Steve Turpie on January 9, 2015 at 23:00

The Labyrinth

“Rowan, we need a labyrinth for Challenger Week. Can you find us one?” asked  Claire Genkai Breeze one morning last October.

For a moment I pictured one of those hedgerow mazes found in children’s theme parks and National Trust estates and wondered how I could possibly transport one to a…


Posted by Rowan Gray on January 9, 2015 at 14:30

I Want To Be Led By Those That Have Done Their Work

“I want to be led by people who have done their work”

This particular phrase came out of my mouth during the course of our Challenger Week intensive training. We had been engaged in some experiential work that was helping participants to experience their defensive strategies in action.  Instead of talking the theory of self…


Posted by Claire Breeze on January 7, 2015 at 8:00

Scared of the Dark

"Can I sit on your lap now Daddy?"

"No - you haven't finished your food yet."

"Ok but when I have finished my food can I eat dessert while sitting on your lap?"

"Maybe - as long as it isn't slurpy stuff. What do you want for afters?"

"Ice cream!"

This has become something of a ritual for my daughters. The younger one particularly, loves the after…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on December 8, 2014 at 12:30

What's The Catch?

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself – Benjamin Franklin

The fact that the Constitution of the United States enshrines the right to the pursuit of happiness has always seemed to be me to be one of the more admirable sentiments it contains. The capitalism that has emerged as the dominant…


Posted by Simon Heath on December 8, 2014 at 12:00

Open Leadership

"Looking up, letting go and getting out of the way are, I think, essentials of leadership now. From my experience that is much more difficult to get your head around, and do well, than it sounds. I found it feels wrong, and can be hard to stick to when pressure is on, but does produce amazing results." fuchsia blue blog Comment, Nov 10th 2014 - Emma Browse - Senior HR Officer - Leeds City…


Posted by Julie Drybrough on December 8, 2014 at 8:00


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