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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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Reflective Decision Making

Reflective decision making involves analytical thought, contemplation, examination and critical meditation and is contrasted with action decision making. Reflective decision making is not highly time contrained, rather decision makers are anticipating the need for a decision.

Featured Planning Tip

What gets measured, gets managed! Peter Drucker once said, “What gets measured, gets managed.” He recognized that managers need to understand how the unit, organization or individual is performing to get better at doing it and hence improve performance. A problem also occurs when we measure the wrong outcome and try to manage to improve that outcome and hope to improve what we really want to occur. Bad measurement can actually be worse than no measurement!

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