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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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Strategic Management

Strategic management (SM) is a process involving a set of decisions and actions that result in the formulation and implementation of plans designed to achieve a company's objectives. SM is also an ongoing planning and analysis process that attempts to keep a firm co-aligned with its environments while capitalizing on internal strengths and external opportunites and minimizing or avoiding internal weaknesses and external threats. Finally, strategic management is a future-oriented, proactive management system.

Featured Planning Tip

Strive to accomplish a noble purpose

Trying to accomplish a noble purpose is a powerful way to energize the people in an organization to excel against competitors. It is also a way to attract a more committed, more passionate, and more capable group of employees.

Many believe that "history has shown that those individuals, and companies, who have placed their 'Noble Purpose' above profits and simple business growth, have excelled and are the leaders of industry."

Charles Handy argues in The Hungry Spirit (1997) that committed people generally demonstrate a level of motivation far beyond anything one is likely to see in the ordinary business world. "They know there are more important things than money," states Handy.

According to Kleiner, Roth and Kruschwitz, "nobility is not something to tackle lightly. For mainstream companies and start-ups alike, it is a difficult path-and once entered publicly, it cannot be easily abandoned."

What is a noble purpose? Many businesses and organizations have purposes that are modest yet noble. A community hospital that strives to improve health care is serving a noble purpose. A fast food restaurant is not trying to sell unhealthy, fattening food, rather the original idea was to provide good tasting food quickly and at an affordable price. We might disagree, but that seems like a noble purpose. All in all, whether a purpose is classified as "noble" or not is somewhat dependent upon the values and perceptions of the person evaluating the organization's purpose.

Art Kleiner, George Roth, Nina Kruschwitz, "Should a Company Have a Noble Purpose?"

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