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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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The OODA loop sequence in decision making is Observe, Orient, Decide, and then Act.

Observe the situation, then orient yourself, decide on an action, then act. This description of a decision making cycle is attributed to Col. John Boyd.

Boyd states that the orientation phase of the loop is the most important step, because if the enemy perceives the wrong threats, or misunderstands what is happening in the environment around him, then he will orient his thinking (and forces) in wrong directions and ultimately make incorrect decisions. Boyd said that this cycle of decision-making could operate at different speeds for the enemy and your own organization. The goal should be to to complete your OODA loop process at a faster tempo than the enemy’s, and to take action to lengthen the enemy’s loop.

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Exploit favorable circumstances

The facts about the important elements of a situation constrain and enable actions. These facts define the planning situation and the circumstances associated with implementing the plan. Favorable circumstances refers to situational factors that can contribute to attaining a specific goal.

"While heeding the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules. According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans." - Sun Tzu

"Make your plans to fit the circumstances." - General George S. Patton, Jr

Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter 1

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