After managing projects for a dotcom during the boom, Megan refocused her efforts on creating emergency management programs for a healthcare trade association in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001. While her strong project management skills were an asset, she quickly learned that traditional project management is designed for management by hierarchy rather than collaboration. She adjusted her strategies and tactics, but something was still bothering her.
Her new job required participation with other organizations and a wide variety of collaborative groups (e.g. boards, committees, and teams.) She noticed that little time was spent planning and communicating how these groups should be organized and as a result, there were tons of unproductive meetings, poor communication with stakeholders, wasted resources, personality conflicts, and sometimes less-than-perfect results.
One day she realized that the two problems were connected – that traditional management doesn’t work as well in collaborative settings and that not taking the time to design how these groups should function ultimately made collaboration frustrating and unproductive. She figured out how to alter project management to a collaborative setting and started with her own program and committees. She realized that difficult people were mostly a result of fuzzy boundaries and poor accountability which meant the monsters were at the organizational level, not with individuals. Thus, the concept for Organizational Monsters was born and eventually evolved into Planosaurus.
Since 2009, Planosaurus has been obsessed with helping organizations get better results from collaborative work. Our unique approach helps eliminate the common threats to collaboration we affectionately call Organizational Monsters. We do this by helping organizations eliminate their Organizational Monsters, train professionals how to manage collaboration more effectively and provide contractual support for operations, collaborative groups, programs and projects.
Planosaurus, based out of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is a woman-owned consulting firm that has an unconventional attitude about collaboration: you have to plan on better collaboration. We operate off the belief that collaborating can be an effective strategy for getting results if you take the time to develop the structure, systems, and accountability measures to facilitate the interactions. Otherwise, what you get are headaches, empty pockets, and Organizational Monsters.
We believe that done right – collaboration has the potential to be an effective strategy for producing better quality results faster and for less money.
Collaborative work is effective, efficient, personally rewarding, and free of Organizational Monsters.
Help organizations use collaboration effectively to optimize their results and their stakeholders experience
The golden rule rules them all: do onto others as you would have others do onto you.
Accountability is the foundation of respect and without it collaboration will fail
Change is hard and should be managed like a project because it is one
The Golden Rule rules: Do onto others as you would have others do onto you
It’s worth the effort in the long run to prevent Organizational Monsters
All planning is strategic, regardless of who does it
Collaboration is a strategy for getting results, not a value
Planosaurus believes that collaboration can be an effective strategy for producing better quality results faster and in a cost-effective way. Whether you need help achieving collaborative productivity or supporting collaborative work – we are here to help.