We are very excited to announce we have had over 250 downloads of our new Podcast so far! It's proving popular and is well worth a listen. In our latest podcast episode, we share a recording of our staff members reflecting on an internal development programme they took part in. Why have we recorded this Podcast and what is it about? In this podcast episode, we share a recording of our staff members reflecting on an internal development programme they took part in. The Mayvin team has grown substantially over the last couple of years. It now includes a mix of OD practitioners and those that are not from an OD background. They specialise in other areas such as Operations, Marketing and Business Development. So at the beginning of 2021, we decided to run a development programme for the newest members of the Mayvin team, who are all non-OD practitioners. The aim of the programme was to assist with their personal practice development and to encourage relationships across the team. At the end of the programme run by the wonderful Cathy Korn, the participants came together to reflect on their experience. They discussed what they expected vs what their experience was, what they gained from the programme and what they will be taking going forward. They recorded the conversation to share with you. Click here to listen to the Mayvin Podcast
Well 2021, our 11th year in business, has been another big one for Mayvin. Like everyone else in the UK we started our year in lockdown, and of course, are all hoping against hope that we don’t end the year in the same state. I wonder what we’ll do if we run out of Greek letters for new Covid variants? Client work and events We’ve been busy! In financial terms our turnover doubled between 2020 and 2021 and we’ve done some amazing client work. Ranging from redesigning a government agency, to developing leadership capability in a University, to academically accredited Organisation Development and Design programmes in the private sector (including a financial services company and a large media organisation). Not to mention 7 cohorts of our accredited Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programmes for the UK Civil Service. We've completed 26 cohorts in total now. Other highlights include our ground-breaking programmes of free events for our growing community of practitioners. Most notably Mindfully Moving Towards New Working Patterns and our Artful Start the Week sessions which have really taken off this year. Why not come along and give them a try? If you’d rather engage with us in your own time, have a listen to our shiny new podcast. Or take a look at our latest animation - in which we try to put our finger on what it is that we do for our clients and what makes us different. Prof. James and the Masters Also in 2021, James was honoured to be named as one of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers for the second year running. As well as being promoted to Professor of Practice in Leadership and Management at Hult Business School. Plus he was personally invited (by the Vice Chancellor) to host an open lecture (“Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?”) for our accreditation partner, the University of Chichester. Talking of which, our other big news is, of course, the launch of our Masters in People and Organisation Development in partnership with the University of Chichester Business School and featuring powerful input from NTL Institute. We are so excited to be making this contribution to the field of Organisation Development and judging by the comments of those who have seen the prospectus, others are excited too. Modesty aside, I have to say it’s a pretty cool programme so do let us know what you think, and if you like it tell your friends. What’s been happening inside Mayvin Meanwhile inside Mayvin, exciting things have been happening. In the last 18 months our employees have doubled in number. We are now 15 employees and 32 Associates – tiny in comparison to our clients of course, but to me we feel like a proper business. I couldn’t be happier at company meetings when I look around the Zoom grid (or the meeting room) at the amazingly talented group we have attracted. It's not been without its challenges of course. The addition of each new person brings further complexity and we've found ourselves treading on our colleagues' toes from time to time, needing to work out who is responsible for what. My personal journey has been of constantly reinventing my role, while learning to let go, look further ahead and increase my capacity. Back in the Spring we started thinking about customer journeys and our operating model - grown-up stuff! All of which suggests a rational and sober process, but in truth it wasn't always. We've started to discern our shadow and notice the places where what we say is at odds with what we do. Of course, these are the very dynamics our clients experience. We try and head towards them and learn about them, both for the health of our own business and so we can be useful to our clients. This is what we call Practice-based Learning. So, as I close this blog and we look to the close of the year and on towards 2022, let me thank you, the Mayvin community, for your ongoing support of our work and, more broadly, of what we stand for. We have always seen Mayvin as a business that supports a community of practitioners. We stand or fall by our relationship with you and the work you and we do is important, perhaps now more than ever. Martin Saville December 2021
With 2022 just around the corner, and a consistent increase in attendance month on month at this years Artful events, we wanted to share our 2022 Artful Calendar with our community so you can book in and ensure you don’t miss out. James continues to deliver a diverse programme, with a mix of internal and external co-hosts, as well as fresh themes we’ve not yet explored in an Artful way at Mayvin, so it’s with great excitement that we share this line up and hope you’ll find it equally as appealing. We will send out all the details of each event and how to sign up to them via our mailing list throughout the year. If you aren't already on it and would like to receive these emails, let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the list. JANUARY: Monday 24th January, 10-11am GMT – Embodiment (1/2): Radical Rest with Sophie Tidman FEBRUARY: Monday 28th February, 10-11am GMT – Poetic Activism with Margaret Gearty MARCH: Monday 28th March, 10-11am GMT - Embodiment (2/2): Living From Centre with Tom Kenward MAY: Monday 9th May, 10-11am GMT – How does Frankenstein relate to Artful Inquiry in a post human age?: Celebrating the Publication of the Special Edition of the Action Research Journal on Artful Inquiry with Rob Warwick JUNE: Monday 13th June, 10-11am GMT – Check-Ins with Claire Newell and Zoë Morrison JULY: Monday 18th July 10-11am GMT - Headless Way with Richard Lang SEPTEMBER: Monday 12th September - TBC OCTOBER: Monday 17th October, 10-11am GMT - Making Sense of our World: Photography and diptychs as an aid to cooperative inquiry with Tony Nicholls and Rebecca Herbert DECEMBER: Monday 5th December, - TBC
On Wednesday 25th May from 6-7:30pm our Director James Traeger will be hosting an open lecture at the University of Chichester on “Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?” For more information and to RSVP view the official invitation on Eventbrite. James was personally asked by the University's Vice Chancellor Prof Jane Longmore to host this lecture, which given their prestige and ranking as one of the top 30 Universities in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021), is quite the honour. Mayvin has built a strong relationship with the University over the years, most recently we have partnered with them to design our Masters (MA) in People and Organisation Development programme, which commences in April next year. The session aims to address the gap between theory and practice in a way that illustrates the challenge for those of us involved in accredited executive development and applied/vocational organisational learning. How, in a fast paced and ever-changing world of processes do we keep the learning relevant to the learner? James said: "Goethe rejected the separation of Cartesian mind-body dualism at the core of the western science mind in favour of a more entwined, researcher engaged form of knowledge development, which he called ‘delicate empiricism’. In this type of study, the learner learns as much about themselves as they do the object (or process) of study. This was how nature worked, in his view, as he said: ‘the eye owes its existence to the light’. So how can we stay close to the grain of our work in developing our knowledge in practice, whilst keeping in contact with quality, validity and criticality." Rather than just talking about these lofty questions, this session will aim to have a go and in the spirit of practice-based learning work at our own ‘juicy edge’ (to quote the late, great artful action-researcher, Chris Seeley), evaluating our own practice together through experience, narrative inquiry and dialogue. And maybe have a bit of fun too with lemons.
Wednesday 24th November 10 – 12.30 BST (on Zoom) We are hosting a (virtual) open day for our MA in People and Organisation Development. During the open day we will: map out the programme, its components, and the learning environmentintroduce facultygive people a taste of the experiencestart to establish the peer communityanswer any questions people might have In the afternoon there will be some time slots for an informal chat with a member of faculty if you’d like one. (If you’ve already completed an application form then we could use this time to have a more formal interview). Get in touch If this sounds at all interesting please reply to this email email@example.com and we will send you the details. If you can’t make this date / time please do get in touch and we can arrange another time to chat. If this isn’t for you but it might be of interest to someone you know please do forward this on, we would be grateful for your help in spreading the news far and wide. Click here to visit our website. Click here to download our Masters Brochure. Click here to download our Masters Prospectus.
We are proud as punch to confirm that our own Dr James Traeger has been recognised by HR Magazine as one of the Most Influential Thinkers of 2021 for the second year in a row. We are aware of James' brilliance and witness it each and everyday at Mayvin, so to see him recognised by this prestigious magazine feels most deserved and fitting. HR Most Influential is an annual list that celebrates the most influential players in the field of people strategy. These are the people whose ideas and actions are shaping practices in HR, both in the UK and globally. First published in 2006, the HR Most Influential list is compiled by HR Magazine's editorial team and research partners Hult Ashridge Executive Education. Though the exclusive event at St Paul’s Cathedral was held last week, you can click here to get a slice of the action by downloading the HR Most Influential 2021 reader’s guide. Congratulations once again, James!
Wednesday 29th September 10 - 12.30 BST (on Zoom) We are hosting a (virtual) open day for our MA in People and Organisation Development. During the open day we will: map out the programme, its components, and the learning environmentintroduce facultygive people a taste of the experiencestart to establish the peer communityanswer any questions people might have In the afternoon there will be some time slots for an informal chat with a member of faculty if you’d like one. (If you’ve already completed an application form then we could use this time to have a more formal interview). Get in touch If this sounds at all interesting please reply to this email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the details. If you can't make this date / time please do get in touch and we can arrange another time to chat. If this isn't for you but it might be of interest to someone you know please do forward this on, we would be grateful for your help in spreading the news far and wide.
Exciting announcement - we officially have a podcast! And what better way to enter the podcast world, than with a three-part series hosted by Director Sarah Fraser exploring how we can mindfully move towards new patterns of working. We have been facilitating an inquiry into this topic with the Mayvin community over the last few months, and as we adapt towards a post-pandemic world, organisations and individuals are attempting to make sense of the emerging context, and take decisions on how to design their future working practices. To dive even deeper into this inquiry, we have had conversations with three colleagues from the Mayvin community to find out more about what is happening in their world’s right now. Each episode features a different colleague, on episode one we have Liz Maddocks-Brown, a Senior programme Manager for the NHS who offers us a fascinating insight into working within the NHS during Covid. To listen to Liz' episode, click here: https://buff.ly/3jD0sEr UPCOMING MINDFULLY EVENTS: Our next virtual group inquiry is on Friday 17th September from 12pm-1:30pm, if you'd like to attend please get in touch to confirm email@example.com