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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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Planning

Planning is an anticipatory decision making process that involves critical thinking, forecasting, evaluation of alternative courses of actions, anticipation of consequences and consideration of implementation issues and contingencies. Planning is a process that should involve designing a consistent, integrated program of actions that when carried out will accomplish specific goals. Planning is an ongoing process of analysis and action that attempts to keep a person or organization aligned with relevant environmental forces while building on capabilities and strengths and exploiting environmental opportunities while minimizing weaknesses and avoiding environmental threats. Planning involves creating and formulating plans, acquiring resources, allocating resources, and using control and feedback mechanisms to ensure that the plans are carried out and that the goals and objectives developed as part of the plan are achieved.

People have the ability to project situations into the future and mentally rehearse what might occur for alternative courses of action. This ability is called planning and it can be developed as a skill. Some people have better developed planning skills than do others. Group and organizational processes can also enhance the planning abilities and skills of individuals. In general, planning is a proactive process that is intended to help individuals, groups and organizations achieve performance objectives in a wide variety of unpredictable and even turbulent environments.


Featured Planning Tip

Hope for the best, plan for the worst Hope is a belief that an outcome will occur. Hope and belief foster confidence. Supposedly John Jay (1813) wrote "To hope for the best and prepare for the worst, is a trite but a good maxim." This tip is an English proverb from prior to the 18th Century. The phrase means you should have a good plan that has contingency plans for the bad things that might happen, but you should often expect the best case to happen and believe that your overall plan will be successful.

Hope, desire and positive belief related to a plan builds confidence. Confidence can increase chances for success with a good plan.







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