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 which specialised in Emotional Intelligence. I've also spent time with a top-tier strategy consultancy working with FTSE 100 companies. I'm a fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology and a certified MBTI practitioner.