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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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This broad term refers to techniques, tools and methods based upon fundamental science principles that help or assist with solving applied, practical problems. Common technologies used in organizations can be classified as 1) product technologies, 2) process technologies, and 3) information and communications technologies. Product technologies are varied and provide product functionality and capability. Process technologies are also diverse and may be batch or continuous means to manufacture and create products. Finally, analog and digital technologies support information processing and communications.

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Know your strengths and weaknesses

Whether the situation is organizational or personal planning, conduct an analysis of capabilities and focus on strengths and weaknesses. Understand and identify strengths that help perform a task and reach objectives. When you consider weaknesses, evaluate ways to overcome or minimize them.

A strength is a resource, skill or other characteristic one is superior at relative to many competitors that helps meet the needs of the markets a firm serves or expects to serve. Strengths are internal characteristics of an organization that make it especially adapted to carrying out its tasks, or characteristics of the organization that competitors do not have, which may create a competitive advantage.

A weakness is a limitation or deficiency in resources, skills, or capabilities that seriously impedes a firmís effective performance. Weaknesses are internal characteristics of an organization that inhibit its ability to carry out tasks, or characteristics that the organization does not have that competitors do, which may create a competitive disadvantage.

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