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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

Big Picture

Strategists want to view a situation in its entirety or totality. The goal is to examine strategy in the context of the external and internal environment of the organization. The jargon or cliche used in business for this analysis is "big picture", for example "let's get the big picture".

Strategic actions are interdependent and changes in one aspect of a strategic plan affect other actions. Strategic decisions have primary and secondary consequences that should be considered. Globalization has expanded the big picture for many organizations. With a global economy, managers need to look broadly at their business and adapt to an ever-changing competitive situation.

Featured Planning Tip

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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