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The Five Most Important Questions: You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker

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6.7. Question 5: WHAT IS OUR PLAN?

V. Kasturi Rangan

Planning is the process of translating the organization's strategic or mission goals to a set of actionable programs, and tracing the path of how those within the organization would meet the goals. In a nutshell, strategy formulation is an exercise in setting goals for the organization and developing a model of how achieving the goals would advance the strategic purpose of the organization. A plan, by contrast, is the action agenda that is aimed at reaching the goal. The biggest mistake organizations make about a "plan" is to cast it in stone as a tactical document, much like a construction drawing with all details filled in for perfect implementation. A business plan is quite different. It ...

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