Passionate About Enabling Others
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, consulting and facilitation I now help people to develop their own effectiveness to improve performance and their results.
What makes you tick?
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 do them brilliantly 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 success, charities looking make a difference, government employees handling complex changes, teenagers looking to set themselves up for life and graduates ready to work out what next.
Delivering on solid foundations
My career began in the late 1980s working in low-level admin roles for the UK government. That all changed in 1994 when after reading Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I decided to take responsibility for me and start developing myself. The journey has been challenging. At times very 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 games. 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 over 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. In the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours, I was awarded CBE for services to Defence.
I don't want to give the impression that my journey is complete. It's not. Or that I have somehow worked out a magical formula for success. In my experience anyone who tries to convince me that they have not worth listening to. I need to keep putting the effort in to ensure I'm adapting to the changing personal and professional environment around me. I call that the Effective Challenge hence the company name.
My development is varied from electronic engineering to an MBA where I completed my dissertation in Emotional Intelligence. I did my original coaching courses and got certified with the creator of the GROW model Sir John Whitmore's organisation Performance Consultants International. Since then I've continued to develop my coaching capability. Examples include deepening my understanding of Steve Peters Chimp Model and becoming accredited to deliver the Myers Briggs Personality Type assessments. 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.