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.



Media and Events 35 Replies

A sample of the publications and speaking…Continue

Started by Susanna Mitterer in Media And Events. Last reply by Karen Foster Mar 12.

CIO Roundtable 14 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 Asher Rickayzen Mar 4.

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

A Racing Mind

It’s 10.30am on a Sunday morning and I’m in a bad place.

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…


Posted by Rowan Gray on March 11, 2015 at 9:30

Leave while you are still in love

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,…


Posted by Clare Southall on March 11, 2015 at 8:30

It's All My Fault

“How do you describe the difficulties you face?” I asked the client I had just been introduced to.

“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,…


Posted by Asher Rickayzen on March 6, 2015 at 18:00

Advocating Type I Errors

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…


Posted by Nick Mabey on March 6, 2015 at 12:00

In honour of red shoes

As a child I was a ‘day dreamer’ I lived in my head and gazed at the world, a kid who ‘never paid enough attention’. I think that was true. In more recent years I have come to realize that just because I ‘gazed’ it didn’t mean I wasn’t paying attention, it just meant I wasn’t paying attention to what someone thought I should be paying attention to.

Recently I found myself…


Posted by Steve Hurst on February 17, 2015 at 15:00

Shame on you

Recently, as part of the Masters I am doing in Leading and Facilitating Transformative Change, I was part of a group conversation on the topic of shame, both individual and organisational. This has got to be one of the toughest emotions to talk about, even with people we deeply trust; in most organisations it is a subject to be avoided at all costs! However, if you can bear the…


Posted by Clare Southall on February 11, 2015 at 22:30

Perfect and unwilling to change

When I first saw the title to Khurshed’s new book I was blown away because in three words he had summed up so clearly what I had been trying to cause in my OD work for so many years but had not been able to articulate in such a simple way. Damn him I thought, how does he do this every time and then I found myself laughing out loud as I recognised…


Posted by Mandy Bennett on February 11, 2015 at 14:30

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

I am often reminded of this much used Franklin D Roosevelt quote when I re-engage with politics.  2015 offers the potential of a ground-breaking shift in the UK political landscape, with an election that leaves almost everyone scratching their heads when trying to predict the outcome.  And yet it is already clear that one thing has not changed; the currency…


Posted by Nick Mabey on February 6, 2015 at 10:00

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


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