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This website focuses on a wide variety of topics related to organization and individual planning situations. The primary focus is business planning.

Planning is an anticipatory decision making process that involves situation analysis, forecasting outcomes and events, evaluating alternative courses of action, anticipating consequences and considering implementation issues and contingencies. Planning often begins with asking one or more questions, for example: What if ...? Could we ...? Do we ...? Is it possible...? How should we respond ...? How can we ...? Is it feasible to ...?

In general, planning is a proactive process that is intended to help individuals, groups and organizations achieve performance objectives.

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Judging is the process of forming opinions and estimates relevant to a situation or problem. Decision makers and planning analysts must form judgments about the validity of facts, the likelihood of competitor actions, and similar elements of a planning situation.

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Exploit favorable circumstances

The facts about the important elements of a situation constrain and enable actions. These facts define the planning situation and the circumstances associated with implementing the plan. Favorable circumstances refers to situational factors that can contribute to attaining a specific goal.

"While heeding the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules. According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans." - Sun Tzu

"Make your plans to fit the circumstances." - General George S. Patton, Jr

Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter 1

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