Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.
– Cornelius Fichtner
Success or failure doesn’t happen by chance. It results from one’s ability to plan in relation to one’s future expectations while considering various psycho-social and environmental imperatives. Planning is crucial and its importance shouldn’t be downplayed. It takes priority over all other management functions.
Planning helps managers to adjust institutional strategies in line with socio-environmental barriers. By identifying trouble spots early, managers can quickly find remedy or adjust their plans to get back on track. While the organizational goals aren’t changing, the approach can be flexible to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.
In the course of planning,it is good to look for those who make things happen; those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.
There’s nothing really abstract in planning as we directly or indirectly plan in our everyday lives. To be successful in planning, it is important to first know where you are and where you are going. Only then, can you monitor progress. You must also identify possible constraints or barriers and create plans to tackle them when they occur.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.