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.



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Working In Less Obvious Ways

I’m over it.

To be honest, I’ve been over it for days – the news, the TV, watching the politics and the games and the claims and the counter claims. The inauthenticity of pre-prepped speechifying. Entire massive hulking gnarly issues conveniently disappeared. The…


Posted by Julie Drybrough on July 14, 2016 at 0:07

The sound of silence

I feel pretty exhausted by all the noise and clamour of recent events surrounding our exit from the EU. The unedifying beh

aviour of our political leaders in the run up to the vote, that has continued into the subsequent leadership contests, and all of the fallout whipped up in the tornado-like frenzy of the media.

A week after the decision to exit I was in my usual…


Posted by Clare Southall on July 13, 2016 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Witnessing The Establishment

This blog is a response to the Chilcot inquiry but it isn’t directly about politics. It is about the power of successful, established institutions to over-reach themselves and sow seeds of their own destruction. It is also about our collective responsibility to investigate what is happening…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on July 11, 2016 at 11:30

Do we measure what matters?

I have found myself thinking a lot recently about how I, and others measure achievement, and what feels like a disproportionate amount of value we place on some familiar and habitual ways of measuring success.  I am a reluctant participant in my own inquiry because I don’t want to feel so constrained by this and yet currently I most certainly am!

There are a number of…


Posted by Clare Southall on June 8, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Riding with purpose and fear

My friend and I travelled down to Dorset in the West Country last weekend.

Except we cycled there. And back. 

Starting in London, it was two days of pedalling through sleepy villages and lost lanes. The weather was glorious and the scenery was stunning.

Yet I mostly struggled to appreciate the views as I endured a roller coaster of hills and…


Posted by Rowan Gray on June 8, 2016 at 10:30

The Artist's Bin

It was hard to imagine the business structure without his team there, their creation was based on the insight he was most proud of and couldn't let it go. We had admired his work over the years from a distance - he was one of those that the original Challenger research was based on. He is a little older now, a little greyer around the temples, a little more conservative in his dress, a…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on June 3, 2016 at 19:58

The Inadvertent Saboteur

I don’t know the origin of the expression ‘no single snowflake is responsible for the avalanche’ but I do know that I really like it as a metaphor for change. The idea that many tiny actions will eventually amount to transformation but you can never be sure which one will create critical mass, is very appealing to me because it mirrors what I see happening. It also suggests…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on May 27, 2016 at 18:00

Taming the ego

I’m tightly gripping my handlebars. My breath is laboured and I’m desperately watching the back wheel of the bicycle in front of me. 

Then without any warning the wheel surges ahead. I let out a groan. There’s a steep hill ahead and I know my friend is going to ‘attack’ the 12% gradient. 

I get out of my saddle and push hard through my pedals to bridge the gap…


Posted by Rowan Gray on April 18, 2016 at 15:00

Being In A Relationship

‘Being in a relationship’.

 Four fairly innocuous words that can be interpreted in so many ways and mean so much to so many. In the business world we talk about relationships and in our Challenger work we talk about relationships. We believe that at the heart of high-performing teams is an investment in…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on April 18, 2016 at 14:30

Shallow Breathing

We walk into the new section of the building, my footfall is definitely less heavy here, something has changed in the thickness of the floor covering, it is quiet here too, like we have closed the door on the real world of this business and entered some hallowed ground. I notice my breath is shallow and stuck at the top of my chest.

The two people we are here to meet…


Posted by Khurshed Dehnugara on April 17, 2016 at 11:30


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