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Welcome to PlanningSkills.COM

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

Ethical Planning

Planning can focus upon taking ethical and morally approved actions or upon the darker side and hence upon immoral, amoral or unethical actions.

A person, team or organization engaged in ethical planning is incorporating concerns about ethical behaviors and actions and social issues into consideration when evaluating alternative courses of action and making decisions.

Plans must be made in a world of economic, ethical, political and social realities. Unethical conduct is often prohibited by law and in so-called gray areas moral and social prohibitions should inform, constrain and guide planning decisions.


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."



http://www.simonsingh.net/What_is_Serendipity.html
http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2195
http://www.military-quotes.com/




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