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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.

Featured Glossary Term

Strategic Decisions

Any decision or choice made by senior managers that is broad in scope, long term, and risky. These decisions consider the environment and competitive situation in which a firm or organization operates, resources and people. Strategic decisions are more complex and unstructured than administrative or operational decisions. Administrative decisions are routine decisions. Operational or tactical decisions are technical decisions which support execution of strategic decisions.

Featured Planning Tip

Remember Murphy's Laws

The following are Murphy's Laws and Corollaries relevant to planning and strategy: 1) "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong" or "If something can go wrong, it will" or "things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance," or more commonly, "whatever can go wrong, will go wrong"; 2) "Everything takes longer than you think"; and 3) "Nothing is as easy as it looks".

Murphy's Laws are common adages, observations from life. Murphy's Laws codify the apparent perversity of the Universe and the need to plan and be prepared.

Murphy's Laws may sound light-hearted, but they should be remembered.

Thank Murphy and his Irish humor.

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