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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

Stretch Goal

A goal or objective that "cannot be achieved by incremental or small improvements but require extending oneself to the limit to be reached".

Featured Planning Tip

Surprise! Surprise!

When one's opponents or competitive adversaries are caught unaware and "off their guard" in a situation, one temporarily has an advantage that can be exploited.

The Army Field Manual (FM-3) of Military Operations defines nine Principles of War including the Principle of SURPRISE.

Strike the enemy at a time, at a place, or in a manner for which he is unprepared.

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