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Election cycles reinforce the truths all collaborative groups face

I don’t normally blog about current events but today, the day after Election Day, I just can’t help myself. Congress is a collaborative group by design which is sometimes easy to forget because they have failed to work collaboratively in recent years. The subtext of the morning’s news coverage is reflective of one of the […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • May 3, 2015

How a fire created an organizational design case study in functional structure

Forty years ago, a California wildfire burned a half million acres, took 16 lives and destroyed 700 structures. The devastation was channeled into a movement to develop a better way for firefighters to organize themselves, their resources and actions in hopes a fire of this size would not rage again. Today, fire fighters and all […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • January 7, 2015

The Main Difference Between Project and Collaboration Management Software

Both online collaboration management and project management software share four beneficial characteristics: (1) web-based, (2) scalable pricing models, (3) access rights and (4) secure archives. Software companies name their systems with whatever seems most marketable so their names don’t always truly reflect what they do. These systems also share many features but have one big […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • November 19, 2014

How mitigation can save you money, stress and socks

My family sock budget used to be pretty astronomical. Before you jump to conclusions, know that we are not wearing fancy designer socks or belong to a sock-of-the-month club. We wear the type of socks that generally come in bags from Target. Now, you need to know about Oscar. Oscar is a great dog (at […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • November 10, 2014

Six signs that Meetapalooza is haunting your meetings – a meeting infographic

Meetapalooza is the Organizational Monster of meetings who feasts on individual bad meetings or a culture that generates a plethora of bad meetings. Meetapalooza is afraid of Planosaurus and with good reason as we help organizations use meetings as a tool to further the work of collaborative groups. Once we assess why meetings aren’t effective […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • October 1, 2014

A glossary of collaborative terms

Speaking the same language is the first step for effective communication. Many of terms used when discussing collaboration have poorly understood definitions. That is why we are providing a short glossary below.

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • August 1, 2014

Planosaurus company explainer video shows why Planosaurus makes Organizational Monsters nervous

Planosaurus has released its first company explainer video on YouTube that provides a one minute summary of what Planosaurus does and how they do it. This one minute video stars ‘Dr. Over Ed’ as he teaches a New Organizational Monster Orientation. Through this humorous video, viewers learn what Organizational Monsters are, why they don’t want […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • February 24, 2014

Planosaurus unveils a monstrous new Infographic that introduces the 12 most famous Organizational Monsters

When people work together effectively in a structured way, they can produce better ideas faster and with fewer resources. For collaboration to reap big benefits, both an organizational framework and individual competencies must be in place for six key areas: collaborative groups, communication, coordination, culture, focus and process. When there are cracks in the organizational […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • February 10, 2014

Committees are what they are, not what they are called – name committees accurately

Early in my career I was asked to be on an “advisory committee” sponsored by a state agency; the group met quarterly under the guise of advising the state agency on specific issues. But in the years the committee was in existence, the sponsoring agency was never advised on anything, though that was supposed to […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • November 5, 2013

Good versus bad conflict

When groups are unfocused, have fuzzy boundaries, unclear roles or no accountability, interpersonal conflicts appear as a result. Not only does this cause unnecessary personality conflicts, it can also create challenges with coordination, motivation and competition. When these problems exist, personality conflicts can overshadow everything else. There are two types of conflict and it is […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • November 5, 2013