Executive and Professional Briefings

Dynamic maps and powerful tools for navigating change

A practical roadmap to social change

A good map or model helps you see where you stand. It reduces confusion and stress and leads to better insight, decisions, and implementation.

A good map, like the Allison Group’s model of Social Dynamics:

  • is easy to use
  • provides a useful orientation
  • helps you decide what to pay attention to and what not to waste your time on
  • provides an easy way to organize and builds on your experience and expertise
  • is cost-effective

In this half-day briefing, you can orient yourself and your organization to the waves of change immersing all of us.

Unlike expensive computer-based models (which can also be useful), you can carry the basics of the map in your head and apply it on the fly.

Pictures and stories

“This was a wonderful presentation. I learned so much and I feel inspired with new tools to understand change.”

Richard Wain, Founder of The Positive Nature Network

Mary Ann uses lots of pictures and stories from our past, present, and emerging future in this briefing. This makes the presentation interesting and inspiring.

Pictures help us learn quickly and enjoyably. Because they touch us directly, without the overlay of words, they help us connect to our emotions and experiences. We can feel the patterns of change in our guts. That makes it easy to remember.

Participants can start applying this model as they walk out the door. And organizations can spend less time overcoming inertia and building momentum. It happens naturally.

Scenario testing

We include an elegant, streamlined, and powerful scenario testing tool.

Use this one-page guide to save time, money, and frustration by evaluating decisions and programs before making investments.

Participants practice applying the criteria to one decision or program during the briefing. Additional guided practice can be added during the design of the briefing.

Leadership tools

Good leaders use a lot of intuition. Enhance your leadership intuition with pattern recognition and a shared descriptive language.

Understand the evolution of the different organizational structures—all of which are present in our world today. Reduce the miscommunication and misunderstandings that arise when we don’t take into account these differences. Learn the most effective management style and communication methods for each.

Coming to terms

The pace of change is not going to slow or stop. Many of us know this but haven’t fully accepted it.

Save yourself and your organization some grief by seeing the long-term pattern, acknowledging it, and planning accordingly.

Examples of follow-up workshops

Workshop: Leading Younger Workers

Prerequsite: Executive or professional briefing

A deeper dive into how recent eras have affected younger workers contrasted with those born earlier.

We lead the group in a hands-on examination of the ways in which experience, group structure, and social and communication environments affect capabilities and expectations. What organizational opportunities arise with new group structures?

Workshop: Start a working group

Prerequsite: Executive or professional briefing

Go where the energy is. Invite those who are most interested in these ideas and tools to a working meeting with Mary Ann. Participants select projects or areas for development, set initial goals, and choose next steps. They decide how this group can best support each other.


Got questions about what kind of speaking we can provide? Have a look at our faqs or get in touch below.

All of our briefings and presentations are tailored to your situation. Briefings are typically between three to six hours. Length depends on the objectives and the group size. Workshops include more hands-on application than briefings. It takes a little over an hour to walk through the core model. We almost always recommend doing this first. Learning and inspiration occur more naturally when the introduction is not compressed. The core model can stand alone, can be the first part of the half to three-quarter day briefing, or can be the first in a series of two or more presentations.

Yes. We will be happy to provide support to help you deepen understanding, learn by doing, and gather momentum.

Yes, in some cases. Let’s talk about what is prompting you to ask.


Yes, it can be very effective to hold a deep-dive session the day after a presentation.

We also meet with leaders or implementation groups to help maintain momentum. Frequency depends on your objectives. We can meet monthly for three to six months, or support an annual assessment session.

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