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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

Environmental Scanning

Environmental scanning is a process of examining and forecasting competitor actions, industry forces and industry and company-specific threats and opportunities. Environmental scanning involves the acquisition and use of information about events, trends, and relationships in an organization's external environment. Scanning is intended to help managers plan an organization's future course of action. Four approaches to scanning are usually identified: undirected viewing, directed viewing, enacted viewing, and directed searching.

Featured Planning Tip

Seize the initiative

If you have a strategic plan, seize the initiative in your tactical actions. Take control of a situation and make sure you can stay in control. You don't need to wait for others to act. Often it is advantageous to seize the initiative and act.

Staying on the offensive is recommended by the Army Field Manual of Military Operations.

Knowing when to act is as important as knowing what to do in many situations. We want to act when the time is "right", yet delay and procrastination may lead to a failure of inaction. When in doubt, seize, retain, and exploit the initiative. Act to implement the plan! Keep your competitor off balance and unable to act proactively.

Direct action is the most effective and decisive way to attain a clearly defined objective.

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