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.
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…Continue
Posted by Asher Rickayzen on January 30, 2015 at 14:30
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,…Continue
Posted by Kat Davis on January 12, 2015 at 10:00
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…Continue
Posted by Kenneth Hogg on January 10, 2015 at 18:00
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…Continue
Posted by Steve Turpie on January 9, 2015 at 23:00
“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…Continue
Posted by Rowan Gray on January 9, 2015 at 14:30
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…Continue
Posted by Claire Breeze on January 7, 2015 at 8:00
"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?"
This has become something of a ritual for my daughters. The younger one particularly, loves the after…Continue
Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on December 8, 2014 at 12:30
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…Continue
Posted by Simon Heath on December 8, 2014 at 12:00
"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…Continue
Posted by Julie Drybrough on December 8, 2014 at 8:00