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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

Benchmarking

Benchmarking is an ongoing, systematic process of measuring and comparing an organization's operations, practices, and performance against other organization within and outside of an industry, including evaluation the "best practices" of other organizations.

Benchmarks are standards of comparison that managers can use to monitor internal processes and technologies to ensure outstanding performance and task execution.

A process of comparing one set of measurements to another. This compartison may be made for various reasons, such as to compare one organization's efficiency to another's.

Competitive benchmarking, defining strengths and weaknesses of competitors, is fundamental to the development of realistic strategy alternatives.


Featured Planning Tip

Make "flexible plans"

A common assumption is that the best-run organizations have the clearest and most detailed plans for the future. But some effective organizations make "fuzzy" plans - flexible plans that provide a general direction without committing anyone to an irrevocable course of action.

Flexible implies the plans are capable of change; able to adjust readily to different conditions; and open to change.

"To predict the future, we need logic; but we also need faith and imagination, which can sometimes defy logic itself." - Arthur C Clarke

Maneuver -- Place the enemy in a position of disadvantage through the flexible application of combat power.







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