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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

Innovation Strategy

Innovation involves the creation of a new device or process based upon study, research and experimentation. An innovation strategy involves new processes, business ideas, and more basic R&D than is usually associated with a product development strategy. In a business setting, innovation may involve creation of new products and/or services. Innovation is usually paired with other strategies as a supporting or complementary strategy.

The London Innovation website states "Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas and is a vital ingredient for competitiveness, productivity and social gain within businesses and organisations. Innovation involves the successful exploitation of new ideas in any setting. Indeed, it can be anything from changing a daily business procedure and designing a new product for sale to discovering a new drug that reduced heart disease. Innovation is an attitude, a state of mind, and a creative process, as much as a specific task or action."

Featured Planning Tip

Be open to serendipity

Please recognize that serendipity can impact the development and implementation of plans. Serendipity is a natural ability to gain knowledge and make useful discoveries from accidental events and occurences. Some equate it with intuition, others focus on awareness and pattern recognition. Pronounced "sehr-uhn-DIP-uh-tee", this tip may seem foreign to systematic planning, but it is not. Rather serendipity is the fortuitous result of planning and of being prepared. Serendipity is a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise".

The word serendipity has its roots in "The Three Princes of Serendip", a Persian story about three princes who had the knack of discovering things quite by chance. The word was first used by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann in 1754.

This tip is closely linked to the tip exploit favorable circumstances and the tip exploit the "fog of war".

"War is the province of chance. In no other sphere of human activity must such a margin be left for this intruder. It increases the uncertainty of every circumstance and deranges the course of events." - Karl von Clausewitz

"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself." - General Douglas MacArthur

According to scientist Louis Pasteur, "Chance favors the prepared mind."

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