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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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Threat, Industry-Wide

Threat, industry-wide, is a problem or potential problem for all or most companies in an industry.

Featured Planning Tip

Work smarter, not harder Kenichi Ohmae said "Rowing harder doesn't help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction." Working harder is sometimes helpful in accomplishing goals, but working smarter is always helpful. Working smarter means evaluating what tasks provide the greatest return on effort and are most necessary. Following this tip can be challenging. Begin by having a plan, set goals, organize tasks, and finally delegate effectively. Prioritizing what is done is also important. So link tasks to the goals and goals to the plan. A number of sources remind us that 20% of tasks yield 80% of the results we desire. Prioritizing tasks must consider the likely results.

So think of ‘Pareto’s Law’ and focus first on the 20% of high priority tasks, then add tasks as time and resources permit.

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