In November 2012 we held our inaugural developmental day to deepen our research into our book 'The Challenger Spirit: Organisations that Disturb the Status Quo'.

A wide range of organisations and industry sectors were represented including senior leaders from RBS Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Co-operative Bank, Hewlett Packard, Johnson and Johnson, Ericsson, Aviva and Waitrose.

During the day we took a deep dive into the Challenger pattern of Witnessing the Establishment and there was much we all enjoyed - collective learning, profound insight, one or two unplanned moments, and a lot of fun. Click here to see some pictures and video from the day.

Buoyed up by this and the feedback we have received, we are running the second in the series of these Challenger Day Experiments on 14th May 2013 at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London.

This day will focus on the Challenger pattern of developing Hope and Ambition and as before we intend it to be experimental, catalytic, confronting and of course fun!

We want to explore how a deep sense of personal meaning and purpose can be created for individuals within organisations beyond the more familiar and habitual discourse around vision, mission and strategy. 

We would like to invite you because we believe you share our interest in collaboration, innovation, stretching our thinking and keeping things real. You can expect to be in a diverse group of 20 to 40 executives - in terms of organisation, sector, specialism, age, gender and cultural background.

This is not a conference, a training day, a presentation or a sales pitch. It is an opportunity for co-creation, taking risks, sharing collective conversation and wisdom. 

If Challenger Spirit is still relatively new to you then it is a good chance for you to experience the book in practice and take new learning back to your day to day work.

If you like the sound of it and want to be involved, please sign up to this forum and reply to the thread with your name, organisation and why you are interested in taking part. We are looking forward to it! 

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Asher,

Many thanks for the invitation to come and join you on the 14th May, I would be delighted to join you and others to learn more about the approach, share ideas and experiences, take a fresh look and time to reflect and to see how we might apply some of this thinking to our challenges.

Kind Regards,

Elsa Critchley, Head of Group Culture, RBS.

Asher,

I would be delighted to join the event on 14th may. I am particularly interested in exploring how the language of sustainability itself (within those organisations that have a commitment to it) can be used to develop and foster "a deep sense of personal meaning and purpose... beyond the more familiar and habitual discourse around vision, mission and strategy."

And I am always keen to explore ways of maintaining both hope and positive ambition within the workplace. In my own role, it can be too easy to fall back on what is not being achieved fast enough, rather than what is.

I very much look forward to it.

Kind regards,

Julie Hirigoyen.

Head of Energy & Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle.

Very pleased that Phil Northey (Managing Director for RBS in London and S.East) will be joining us for the day as well. I had the pleasure of working with Phil recently and it taught me a lot about Hope and Ambition.

Mike Haffenden, founder of The Corporate Research Forum will be joining us too.

Ann Paul, OD Director at News International will also be joining us. She says 'I think that if you can harness the hope and ambition of people within an organisation by creating a collective belief in what could be possible and a unifying confidence that goals will be achieved, then it can happen - even if all the hard factors (economy, market, etc) suggest that it's not possible. I have no hard evidence that this is the case but I'm a hippy at heart who believes in the power of the human spirit & that when optimistic energy is pointing in one direction that extraordinary things can happen. So how do you do it.....???'. A great question for all of us.

 

Many thanks for the invitation. Looking forward to developing renewed purpose for Hope & Ambition, exploring new ways of working, and meeting and challenging with other like-minded people.

Caroline Scott, Vodafone

Caroline welcome to challenger 2! looking forward to meeting with you. we are actively experimenting at the moment with a realisation that people often find it easier to have hope in their personal lives and relationships and yet when asked to do the same thing for their organisations, they notice they have a different reaction to that. a sort of feeling of it being trite or habitual. no answers yet but it seems very significant to the work we are doing. it makes me realise that sometimes we may have more hope for the organisations we encounter than the people who are working in them. 

Caroline Scott said:

 

Many thanks for the invitation. Looking forward to developing renewed purpose for Hope & Ambition, exploring new ways of working, and meeting and challenging with other like-minded people.

Caroline Scott, Vodafone

Mark Martin HRD and Juan Pemberton Director of Organisational Effectiveness from Direct Line Group will be joining us. 

Dr Alan Moodie Head of Operations for GSK Discovery & Development has just confirmed he'd like to come too.

Mandy Bennett VP and Jackie Westaway, VP Integrated Healthcare GSK are looking forward to joining us again.

Really looking forward to being part of the day!

Susanna Mitterer

Relume

Hi Elsa,

I can't belief it - I'm sure it is you, after all this time - and still at RBS!

Really looking forward to seeing you on 14th May!

Susanna

Elsa Critchley said:

Asher,

Many thanks for the invitation to come and join you on the 14th May, I would be delighted to join you and others to learn more about the approach, share ideas and experiences, take a fresh look and time to reflect and to see how we might apply some of this thinking to our challenges.

Kind Regards,

Elsa Critchley, RBS.

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