Aligning on annual strategic planning
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, MUV provides ground transportation and logistics services to individuals, groups and events worldwide.
Clients include companies going through ERP implementations or merger activities that require timely and efficient movement of transition teams. MUV also provides scheduled transfers of attendees via coach shuttle service to large conference planners between convention center, hotels and activity venues.
A few years ago, MUV’s owner was introduced to Maven Associates when he was seeking an outside facilitator for the company’s annual strategic offsite meeting. The meeting was composed of the management team as well as a few individual contributors, and was meant to set the next year’s strategic objectives. Prior to the meeting, Maven interviewed the attendees to understand individual objectives, uncover underlying agendas and hear first-hand expectations in an effort to facilitate a productive conversation.
Pulling from previous meeting templates and experiences, Maven designed a structured meeting agenda and over the course of two days, lead the team through their objectives, and served as secretary. Maven’s participation enabled all company attendees to actively participate in the discussions. Following the meeting, Maven provided a read out of the meeting with a summary of what was discussed, decisions made and a road map to continue the momentum.
The MUV team was so pleased with the outcome that they asked Maven to facilitate subsequent annual meetings. Over time, Maven determined that the team had a firm grasp of how to conduct the meetings and they would find more value by having Maven participate in their Quarterly meetings where MUV was finding that it needed support to standardize the agenda and hold the teams accountable to decisions made during the annual meetings.
MUV has seen substantial growth during its period working with Maven, and attributes some of that to the momentum, outside and unbiased perspective, and valued opinions that Maven brings to their strategic discussions.
Maven has been an instrumental partner since 2012 and continues to help shape our strategy for the future. Maven’s unique ability to teach our team the frameworks needed to stay focused and execute our strategy has been a game changer and we will continue to expand our partnership in the years to come. As the President of the company I am especially impressed by Mark Hess’s input, prep work and meeting outcomes.
Mark Shrayber, MUV, President