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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

Kondratiev Waves

A pattern of economic cycling of growth, stagnation and contraction in a market economy over a long time period driven by changes in capital formation, demographics, price cycles and technology and innovation. The "theory" is poorly defined and the length of a cycle is posited between 50 and 100 years. Some see the cycle as linked to human population dynamics and that a cycle occurs over a three generation period. This would mean a wave length of approximately 84 years given increasing human longevity. Others see the cycle as of boom and bust that is a societal, psychological/social pattern of greed and excess under market capitalism. Supposedly the most recent stock market price collapse in the United States began "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 and led to 10 years of economic contraction that defined and culminated the low point of a K-wave.

Featured Planning Tip

Remember the vision

A vision is the driving force behind organization growth. A motivating vision can inspire commitment to and passion about an organization. While defining a vision, ask some fundamental questions:

  • What is the core concept of the organization?
  • Why does the organization exist?
  • How do we envision our future?
  • What goals will realize our dreams?
  • What are our dreams?
  • "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not." - John F. Kennedy

    When you don't know what might happen, imagine what might happen.

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