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Welcome to PlanningSkills.COM

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

Organization Hierarchy

Organization hierarchy refers to how people and tasks are grouped. For example, an organization may be structured in functional units such as accounting and marketing, with only one type of specialist working in each of these units. Or, an organization can be structured in product units. In this instance, specialists of all types are grouped together within one unit. An organization hierarchy can consist of units such as divisions and departments. A department can be part of a company or of a division.

Featured Planning Tip

Take charge of the planning process

Someone must initiate and manage the planning process. It may be led by the CEO or by a staff person. Planning initiated, led and conducted by line managers is generally the best. "Donít let your planning process push you around. Take charge and harness itís power to achieve your goals. Itís a jungle out there and the competition is sure to know where they are going. Donít let them beat you to your destination."


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