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.
Why do I put myself through these development weeks? They are always full of well meaning and warm individuals who are struggling to make their work relevant for the rest of us. Yet I keep coming back because there is usually a nugget or two that fundamentally shifts my understanding of, or insight into,…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on December 5, 2013 at 23:30
“Twas the night before Christmas, the fire stacked with logs
Not a creature was stirring, not even the dogs
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there
From deep in the bedroom a noise could be…Continue
Posted by Mandy Bennett on December 4, 2013 at 22:00
We are ushered into the boardroom, it is large - filled by an imposing oval boardroom table, and this executive team takes most of the seats dressed in dark suits, white shirts and bright ties. They are in twos and threes deep in conversation about the last topic I assume, some of them look up as we enter the room give us a moment of their attention and return to their…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on November 11, 2013 at 10:00
So that afternoon, I decided on the perfect welcome gift - a gold name necklace. Although as we all knew our own names, our necklaces just said ‘Feminist’ instead.
We wear our necklaces…Continue
Posted by Oliva Knight on November 11, 2013 at 9:30
I was having dinner with a client a few weeks ago. We were reflecting on how his work is developing, how his family is changing and whether he was on track to meet his purpose; written down several years ago after a coaching session together. Big ticks all round. It was gratifying to hear that.
Dinner continued in story swapping mode and two of…Continue
Posted by Claire Breeze on November 8, 2013 at 17:00
I have always liked William Bridges transition model (1991). The terms “change” and transition are often used interchangeably, but Bridges highlights that there is a difference between them. Change is situational and happens without people transitioning, change is quick. Transition is psychological and…
Posted by Mandy Bennett on November 5, 2013 at 18:30
This is a story which helped me to reveal a few of the many misconceptions I hold and turned some of my assumptions on their head. It was told to me by someone I met who works in the software industry and it was about a very large Japanese client of his who amongst other things, is engaged in shipbuilding. As you can imagine,…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on November 1, 2013 at 18:30
I've seen this moment before. A choice presents itself clearly in front of the client. Do they 'play it safe' and deliver the message the audience is expecting to hear or 'take a risk' and say what they feel needs saying...? It often takes enormous courage to choose to swim against the dominant cultural tide…
Posted by Nick Mabey on October 28, 2013 at 16:30
Something significant happened to me recently, for the first time since I caught a plane on the night of 9/11 I paid full attention to the onboard safety video. On the evening of 9/11 there was good reason for the video to feel much more important than usual, I was nervous and on high alert, I was willing to try anything that eased…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on October 5, 2013 at 10:30
St Ethelburga's is a centre for peace and reconciliation in the middle of the City of London. It is based in a 1000 year old church almost destroyed by the IRA bomb that devastated Bishopsgate in 1992.
Seeing St Ethelburga's survival as a symbol of hope in the face of outrage, the Bishop of London at the time suggested the church should become a Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
A recent project at the centre is concerned with its role in…Continue