To learn about Effective Challenge you need to understand a little about me, Damian Piper. After a long career in the Security & Defence sector leading business change and helping others to improve their own performance, in 2013 I setup Effective Challenge to enable me to transfer my experience and work with people in different environments. Through coaching and consulting, I now help people to develop their own approach to improve performance and their results. I call this the 'effective challenge' (hence the company name).
My approach is very practical, getting to the heart of what makes an individual or team tick. I've come to learn that it's essential to get the basics in place and to establish real clarity about what you're looking to achieve. These critical steps are often overlooked, causing frustration and people to fall short of what they could achieve.
Since Effective Challenge started I've been fortunate to work with senior leaders in business, people wanting to achieve sporting challenges, charities looking make a difference, government employees handling complex changes and teenagers looking to set themselves up for success.
My career began in the late 1980s working in low-level admin roles for the UK government. That all changed in 1994 when I decided to take responsibility for me and start developing myself. The journey has been challenging. Things that are worthwhile so often are. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and the London Olympic Games. I find myself as a senior leader with teams of specialists who have a key role in delivering a safe and secure Olympics. What makes me most proud is not the role I play in the games itself, but the journey I’ve been on to get myself in that position.
I've built up 30 years of experience, performing a range of roles. These include developing organisational strategy, leading transformational change, and leading teams operating in pressurised environments. As a result, I've been able to develop a real practical understanding of people and what it takes to tackle challenges to be successful.
My development is varied from electronic engineering to an MBA where I completed my dissertation in Emotional Intelligence. I did my original coaching courses with Sir John Whitmore's organisation Performance Consultants Internation. Since then I've continued to develop my coaching capability. Examples include deepening my understanding of Steve Peters Chimp Model, working with Jamie Smart to develop an understanding of the Clarity Model and becoming accredited to deliver the Myers Briggs Personality Type assessments. Most recently I've completed a UK Coaching and Mind course in Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical activity. I've also spent time with a top-tier strategy consultancy working with FTSE 100 companies. In recognition of my work leading technology-enabled change, in 2017, I became a fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.