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"Plans are nothing;
planning is everything." 
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plans work in predictable environments, and don't work in unpredictable ones. Most environments are unpredictable. Yet, planning helps you to get better prepared for the challenges ahead react to them smarter and faster if you are strategically flexible and keep your mind open to new opportunities.

 

 

 

The Planning Process

Strategic planning

Setting goals

Operational planning

Defining objectives

Designing the organization

Assigning responsibilities

Allocating resources

Designing organizational controls

 

 

 

Steps in the Planning Process

❶ Define the overall purpose or goal

Determine the major components or objectives of the plan

Make sure that your objectives support the overall purpose... More

 

Strategic Planning

Comprehensive strategic planning and strategic programming is more closely linked to firm performance in stable industries than in unstable industries.

Dynamic organizations such as start-ups, new business ventures, and opportunity-driven businesses need a more flexible approach, such as milestone charts and strategic simulation, to business management... More

 

 

  

  

 

   

"Men don't plan to fail, they fail to plan." ~ William J Siegel

 

Coaching Yourself

The Easy Way To Put Your Business Plans Into Action

Presentation

Plan - Imagine - Adjust (PLIMAD)

Venture Planning

Venture Planning Checklist

Venture Financing

How Investors Read a Business Plan

Investment Criteria and Business Plan Evaluation by VC Investors

Business Plan

Business Plan Dos and DONíTs

Developing a Business Plan for e-Ventures

Executive Summary Sample: Strategic Incubator International

 

 

Strategic Management

Enterprise Strategy >> Surprise To Win

The Strategist's 15 Rules

Strategic Thinking >> 7 Principles

Planning for a Successful Alliance

Enterprise Planning

Enterprise planning is a collaborative approach to the production and setting of organizations business objectives. Managers at various levels in the organization should be involved in the planning process thus engendering an ethos of ownership and buy-in from those individuals targeted with achieving the planned objectives.

 Lessons from Jack Welch  3Ss of Winning in Business

Self-confidence: Self-confident people donít need to wrap themselves in complexity and all that clutter that passes for sophistication in business. Self-confident leaders produce simple plans, speak simply, and propose big clear targets... More

 Jack Welch's 5 Strategic Questions

 Articulate Your Vision

 Stretch Goals

 Business Plan

Business plans are an important test of clarity of thinking and clarity of the business. It is important that everyone involved in your effort has a clear understanding of your objectives. A good plan achieves that.

Business plan is typically designed for either or both of the following purposes:

  1. To establish a framework for management to use as they pursue the enterprise objectives

  2. To convince an investor that a capital investment in the enterprise's business is a sound financial decision...  More

Venture Planning

Operations generate today's value, while ventures creates tomorrow's opportunities. The primary difference between operations planning and venture planning is uncertainty.  There are four keys to good venture planning:

  1. Focus on one venture at a time in one business area at a time.

  2. Discover the opportunity first, and then evaluate how to exploit it.

  3. Develop three cases good, bad and likely for each scenario of a venture concept.

  4. Identify what type of venture you want.  Each type has an entirely different model, implementation and end result.  Each demands a different entrepreneurial approach and each requires different management and style.. More

  

Robert Kiyosaki quotes

A plan is a bridge to your dreams. Your job is to make the plan or bridge real, so that your dreams will become real.

Robert
Kiyosaki

Peter Drucker advice

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.

Peter Drucker