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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

Organizational Analysis

Any systematic analysis of an organization can be termed organizational analysis. In many analyses, models and theories are used to assess the functioning and development of a specific organization and to evaluate how the organization responds to and implements changes.

In an organizational analysis, the study purpose is to identify strategic competencies and weaknesses. The organization characteristics are examined from 3 perspective: 1) historical, 2) competitor benchmarking, and 3) normative models and theory.

According to QED Consulting "To succeed, every organization needs objective information about itself. That's where organizational analysis comes in. Organizational analysis provides leaders with an objective view of their organization on several dimensions. It can be thought of as 360 degree feedback for an organization. It is generally used to assist in strategic planning, business (tactical) planning, organizational design initiatives, or input for business process improvement projects. In addition to providing an unbiased description of the organization, analysis results in a set of recommendations for change to improve organizational performance."

An organization analysis attempts to identify underlying issues impacting performance, including efficiency and effectiveness problems. Issues might include deficiencies in work processes, organization structures, management processes and procedures, reward systems, and human resource processes.

Featured Planning Tip

Be open to serendipity

Please recognize that serendipity can impact the development and implementation of plans. Serendipity is a natural ability to gain knowledge and make useful discoveries from accidental events and occurences. Some equate it with intuition, others focus on awareness and pattern recognition. Pronounced "sehr-uhn-DIP-uh-tee", this tip may seem foreign to systematic planning, but it is not. Rather serendipity is the fortuitous result of planning and of being prepared. Serendipity is a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise".

The word serendipity has its roots in "The Three Princes of Serendip", a Persian story about three princes who had the knack of discovering things quite by chance. The word was first used by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann in 1754.

This tip is closely linked to the tip exploit favorable circumstances and the tip exploit the "fog of war".

"War is the province of chance. In no other sphere of human activity must such a margin be left for this intruder. It increases the uncertainty of every circumstance and deranges the course of events." - Karl von Clausewitz

"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself." - General Douglas MacArthur

According to scientist Louis Pasteur, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

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