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Planning :: Tips On A Vital Concept

For some reason, the concept and practice of Planning is nowhere near as prevalent in organisations as it ought to be. The result is higher risk factors and sub optimal performance. The following thoughts on the concept and how to apply it might be a useful prompt


Planning can be variously defined as:

An act of formulating a program for a definite course of action; “the planning was more fun than the trip itself”

The act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise

The cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; “his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties“

Planning in organisations is both the organisational process of creating and maintaining a plan and the psychological process of thinking about the activities required to create a desired goal on some scale. As such, it is a fundamental property of intelligent behaviour


7 Elements of Effective Planning

Comprehensive – all significant options and impacts are considered

Efficient – the process should not waste time or money

Inclusive – people affected by the plan have opportunities to be involved

Informative – results are understood by stakeholders (people affected by a decision)

Integrated – individual, short-term decisions should support strategic, long-term goals

Logical – each step leads to the next

Transparent – everybody involved understands how the process operates

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