We are holding our next Challenger Day on 5th June 2014. These days are intended to bring more depth to the ideas published in  The Challenger Spirit - organisations the disturb the status quo.

The Challenger pattern we will be exploring this time is Challenger as Learner and in keeping with the topic the day will be experimental in nature, with ‘more jumping than judging’. 

A particular interest of ours is the way we experience learning going on in the world around us when compared to the way it is often approached in our organisational lives. Typically in the former case, the learning is faster, more collaborative, more haphazard, more mobile, more virtual, more communal and more self-directed. We wonder how these attributes could be amplified in our organisations when so much of our thinking feels stuck in an old paradigm underpinned by outdated assumptions.

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It does beg the question: what is stopping us from adopting an approach that is social, connected, informal and immediate inside our organisations? 

To answer this we need to challenge some of our underpinning beliefs, we need to unlearn many things we previously held to be true. This leads to a second area of interest: how can we learn to unlearn better and faster? What are the actual practices that would help us dissolve our knowledge and increase our curiosity? 

During the Challenger Day we will enrich our thinking on the subject and see what else we can add. As always on these days we will be enquiring in the company of the lively minded guests we have invited from a range of organisations. Perhaps the questions above are ones that you feel you have already begun to address in which case we would love for all of us to benefit from your learning.

For those who have not been to one of these days before please imagine being in a very light, spacious venue in the company of 40 or so peers who enjoy rolling up their sleeves, getting stuck-in, and sharing their own stories and insights as we guide you through a number of processes and enquiries.

If the prospect of the day excites you and you would like to participate please sign up to this forum and reply to the thread with your name, organisation and why you are interested in taking part.

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Debs, MD - Organisation Development Specialist at Deutsche Bank - is joining us for the first time for a Challenger Day. I always enjoy our conversations, she brings a wealth of experience ... and humour!

It will be great for us to reacquaint ourselves with Ian, Chief of Staff to the Group CEO at the Cooperative Group. We know him well but it's been a while AND the first time that Ian has been able to join us for one of these.

I think I'm correct in saying that Hilary, Head of Organisational Effectiveness at Cooperative Banking Group, has managed to attend all the Challenger Days so far and I'm very happy to learn that she is coming back for more and will be with us on 5th June.

I only recently met Kate, HR Director Culture Capability and Engagement at Lloyds Banking Group but I already know she has some great thinking which she will be bringing for the first time to one of our Challenger Days. Welcome Kate.

Lydia, Senior Manager, Professional Development for the Institute of Chartered Accountants has said yes to the invitation and as always it will be great to spend time with her.

I am so pleased that Jenny, an old friend who is Head of Sustainability at Henderson Real Estate, and Kristie, a new friend who is Global Head of Human Resources also at Henderson Real Estate, will be coming to the Challenger Day. Jenny - just so you know we will have hot water, clean towels and 'DIY Child Birth' ready and waiting!

Jason is the EMEA Head Of Leadership Development for Goldman Sachs through an interesting vehicle called 'Pine Street' that works both within Goldman Sachs and inside some of their client systems. Jason brings a wealth of experience from time spent at LBS, McKinsey, BP and Ashridge; he is intending to be with us on June 5th and we look forward to getting to know him better. 

I am really delighted that Anna, People Director (Sales) for EE, will be joining us on 5th June.  Anna is an old friend (the relationship is old not Anna!!) who is a challenger leader by nature and will be a great addition to the group.

Helen is Global HR Director at the British Council and I'm delighted that she will be joining us on the 5th June. 

I'm delighted that Becky (Director at Deloitte) and will be joining us on 5 June.


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