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3 Ways to Ensure Your Meeting is a Hot Mess

You might think that a meeting that ended with a food poisoning and then missing dinner at Spago would qualify as the worst meeting I’ve ever been to. Sadly, you’d be mistaken because this meeting doesn’t even crack the list. With two of us down from bad tuna, the rest of the group made up […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • August 13, 2016

How Jill learned to manage collaboration so it didn’t manager her

Meet Jill. She’s a seasoned manager who oversees programs, projects and committees. Jill knows how to manage collaboration so it doesn’t manage her. But, it wasn’t always that way. Her staff used to be plagued by meetings, a lack of focus and personality conflicts. Frustrated, she tried meeting facilitators, collaboration software and team-building exercises to […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • September 15, 2015

What a heckler at a national conference taught me about inter-agency collaboration

Collaborative work between entities (e.g. departments, organizations) generally includes a single point of contact for each. That individual is responsible for the daily management and centralizing internal communications. They make sure information is flowing through their chain of command and assume their counterpart is doing the same. The truth is that you don’t really know […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • July 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

What type of authority does your collaborative group have?

If you’ve sat on a committee, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes they have a hard time figuring out where they fit into the world. It is a misconception that they struggle because they lack a clear purpose. In our experience, they often have a decent purpose or mission but get confused about what type of […]

  • Megan Wilmoth,
  • November 5, 2013