Join us on Monday 13 September at 10am for our next Artful Enquiry: GEOFF MEAD - "Write For Your Life" An exploration of Creative Writing for Theraputic Purposes (CWTP) Hosted by Mayvin Director James Traegerand Professor Geoff Mead For our next Artful Enquiry, we invite you to join us in exploring Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). Writing creatively can enable us to reinterpret past experiences and imagine new possibilities for being and doing. Additionally, creative writing can be used to bolster health, well-being, and personal development for ourselves and our clients.Our host Geoff Mead will share his insights from this emerging field, followed by some practical writing exercises and a space for you to explore what you have written and how you might apply such techniques. ABOUT THE HOST Geoff Mead, PhD is an experienced coach and organizational practitioner. He has written many professional and academic articles and published several books of non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and fiction. He teaches on the Executive Doctorate in Organizational Change at Ashridge, is currently working on a novel exploring love, loss, and letting go in late-adulthood, and has recently completed an MSc in CWTP with Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. You can check out Geoff's blog at www.cominghometostory.com, or connect via Twitter and LinkedIn. RSVP If you would like to RSVP to join us for this Artful Enquiry, please email our Marketing Manager Claire Newell: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the Zoom details and add you to the attendee list. Bring a friend! Introduce a colleague to the Mayvin Community. We'll be happy to welcome them to the webinar. Connect with us If you'd like to keep in touch with Mayvin on other platforms, you can connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn and our Community Group.
Given the popularity and success of our Artful Knowing events, we will be continuing with these fruitful sessions for our Mayvin community. Not only have they proven to be a way for us all to connect, but also an opportunity to collaborate and develop our practice at work and beyond through creativity. So, for the rest of 2021 we have the following Artful Knowing events booked in: 13th September, 10am - Writing Based with Geoff Mead18th October, 10am - Practice Wisdom in Organisation with Francis Briers22nd November, 10am - Exploring Love in Organisations with Helena Clayton We will provide more details in due course, but if you would like to RSVP to any of the above events now, you can do so by emailing our Marketing Manager Claire Newell: email@example.com. If you’re interested in our Artful Knowing events; or any of our Mayvin events in general, we would highly recommend you join our mailing list to avoid missing out. To register, emailing our Marketing Manager Claire Newell: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter to keep up to date with all things Mayvin or join our LinkedIn community group.
It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of 2020 Mayvin consisted of a modest 8 employees. Cut to July 2021, and we’ve nearly doubled with an official headcount of 15 Mayvins! In the last few years especially, we have seen such significant growth in our experiment here at Mayvin that we’ve naturally had to create new roles and expand our workforce in order to support this. Our most recent recruits are Niki Bowles, who joins us as our third Client Coordinator. Suria Lonsdale our Marketing Coordinator, a new role created to support our Marketing Manager Claire. And Coral Huggins our very first Operational Support Administrator. NIKI BOWLES as Client Coordinator Niki is multi-skilled with strong experience within client support, client account management & business development. She is an excellent communicator with great organisational ability, enjoys client interaction & is always friendly & positive. SURIA LONSDALE as Marketing Coordinator Suria values the importance of strong communication skills, and prides herself on her own as she feels they are key in forging strong, successful relationships. Suria is both creative and organised in equal measure and assists Claire in running the marketing side of Mayvin. CORAL HUGGINS as Operational Support Administrator Coral is a keen learner with a can-do attitude who always strives to do her best and calmly approaches whatever the task or challenge. Coral is a team player and is always willing to help our were needed while working independently and managing her own task list.
Last month, Mayvin Director James Traeger featured on Associate Consultant Helena Clayton’s podcast ‘Love and Leadership’ a series of conversations exploring the role love could (and maybe should) play in our workplaces. Helena quotes James as being one of the first people who heard her state ‘I think I’m going to start exploring the role love might play in an organisation’, so it certainly feels apt that he features on her podcast to sit down and discuss the topic further. This episode (Ep4) dives into ‘Love in Organisations’ exploring ideologies such as how love might be a form of glue in an organisation, how anger is such an important emotion, whether love is more of a process than a ‘thing’, how fatherhood triggers love and why the worse thing an organisation could do would be to appoint a Director of Love. You can watch the podcast here: https://buff.ly/3duY13d You can watch more episodes & subscribe to Helena's channel here: https://buff.ly/3h8jhye
Sarah Fraser is back Sarah has been on maternity leave after welcoming the very cute Rowan in to the world last year. We are very pleased to say she is now back 'in the office' and it's as if she's never been away. Sarah’s projects tend to fall into a few key areas: leadership and culture change for managers and leaders facilitation of action learning based change the design and delivery of strategy development processes. She also has a specific interest in gender diversity and women’s leadership, designing innovative approach to tackling issues across different sectors. Working with individuals at all levels from emerging managers, through to Board and senior management teams, her focus is always on finding approaches that people can immediately bring into practice. Carolyn Norgate is now a permanent member of the Mayvin team Carolyn joined us on secondment from the Civil Service as maternity cover for Sarah Fraser, but she is too good so we have decided to keep her! Carolyn has over 25 years of public sector experience leading teams and services in a variety of change and L&D roles and was there at the start of OD’s development in the NHS. "I've been part of the wider Mayvin family almost since day one. I first met James and Martin in early 2011 when I was looking for an organisation to help us develop our internal OD function and felt an an immediate affinity with their approach. Having partnered with Mayvin on a variety of different programmes over the years I'm delighted to now be a permanent part of the core team and am looking forward to working with clients in the public, private and third sectors as we navigate 2021 together".
Mayvin to recruit a new Principal Consultant After a 2020 pause we are excited to resume our search for a new Principal Consultant. We’re on the lookout for people who share our values, outlook and approach to helping our clients navigate the complexity of 21st century organisational life. Could you thrive in our dynamic, friendly virtual-based consultancy? What’s special about working as a consultant with Mayvin? A place to develop your practice Working with an exceptional team that aims to walk its talk A broad range of sectors to work in Working at the heart of organisations, not always at the top, but always where it matters, here and now What our people say about us “Mayvin occupies a pretty unique place in the consultancy world. It manages to be rigorous and academic, whilst being grounded and connected to organisational realities. It’s sophisticated in its approach, not dumbing down its ideas for general consumption, and yet not alienating or excluding through that sophistication. That’s pretty remarkable.” “I love working with Mayvin because it is a centre of expertise and deep thinking and creates a home for OD practitioners. Mayvin creates a real community that I feel I belong to and I know I can go to anyone in the network they have nurtured for support or thinking partnership.” We’re interested in who you are At Mayvin we know that relationships drive results. We see organisations as organic, open systems in which change emerges through the quality of those relationships. So we approach our own growth with a spirit of inquiry about what is possible. We’re not looking to clone ourselves – in fact we’re hoping your difference will help Mayvin be stronger; we’re as interested in who you are and how you show up as in what you know and what you have done. Contact us If you think you could be just what we need then we’d love to hear from you. Contact Rachael Geddes or email@example.com for more information about this opportunity and please share it with anyone brilliant you know who would thrive in our friendly and dynamic consultancy.
New Faces As we head in to our second decade as a business and a new calendar year, we have been reflecting on how far we have come. Despite 2020 being... well 2020, we have created several new roles in the business to keep up with our growth. Pip Rowson was Mayvin's first employee but recently she decided it was time to move on and has left to focus on her freelance practice as a content writer, copy-editor and proofreader. She is still very much a part of the Mayvin community and we wish her the best of luck in her new venture. Due to the growth of the company we took the opportunity to separate the two elements of her role in to two new positions. As a result we are thrilled to introduce the newest members of the team: Claire Newell as Marketing Manager Claire joined Mayvin with over a decade of marketing experience from a true variety of settings from small family run companies to global corporates. Claire is passionate about people and making real connections. With a positive outlook and bright character, she is the creative force that drives Mayvin’s marketing team. Katrina Shoesmith as Business Development Manager Prior to joining Mayvin, Katrina spent a decade in the events industry, first as an Events Manager and later as Sales Director. Katrina is often the first port of call for our clients, and her warm and welcoming communication style fosters good conversations that place our clients at the centre of our work.
As we celebrate 10 years of Mayvin, Chair and co-founder Tony Fraser shares his experience of how the business has stayed true to its founding principles. I am very lucky to have been a part of Mayvin since its conception. It’s been wonderful working with James Traeger and Martin Saville from the beginning and to be an enthusiastic supporter of Mayvin’s growth and success. As Chair, I’ve been able to enjoy feeling a part of it without having to do all the hard work. To mark Mayvin's 10th anniversary, I thought I might contribute a couple of experiences that feel important to me: Martin, James and I would go off for a couple of days each year to think and plan together. We still do that, now with fellow Director Sarah Fraser and the other members of the Exec. Committee. On this occasion (in January 2014) we went to Whitstable. Mayvin was doing well, building its presence and credibility in the public sector but I was frustrated – I wanted to push harder, to ‘be more commercial’. Having run my own consulting business and retired from it, I think I wanted James and Martin to recreate it. With patience and kindness, they helped me let go of my vision and work together to shape and pursue theirs. I learned to recognise and respect their emphasis on quality, kindness and integrity across every aspect of Mayvin’s work but especially in relationships. I discovered that my role was to support and help Mayvin become what James, Martin and Sarah want it to be rather than the other way around. Another experience, another away day – this time in the New Forest, maybe the summer, two years later and with everyone present. We are sitting together, the whole team, around a big table in a lovely garden of a country house hotel. On the agenda, a typical Mayvin question: What is working in Mayvin about for you — what drives you? Some talked about the core purpose, to do good work that makes organisations work better, especially for people and relationships, others about a sense of belonging to a like-minded community and others about it being a place to learn and grow. I was a bit astonished to discover that I was the only one to talk about making money. Mayvin now is much bigger, stronger and more diverse but still holds true to its founding principles. That feels good and satisfying. Join our special anniversary events together with the Mayvin Community to celebrate 10 years of Mayvin.