Chapter 15 - Planning

Planning is the fundamental components of project planning and problem-solving. It offers a general conceptual framework to integrate different skills, such as project planning, problem solving, scheduling, time management, performance appraisal, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Planning enables the learner to:1

The basic outline for this competency has not changed in over 30 years. Additional information is added, layers of complexity are introduced, but the basic scheme remains: Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate.

About Planning

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Six phases of planning.

Planning has six phases:

  1. Consider the Task
  2. Analysis
  3. Generate Alternatives
  4. Implementation
  5. Evaluation Feedback.

Planning includes:

Along with Evaluation and Manager of Learning, this competency is one of the most critical and complex in leadership development. Skilled use of this competency positively influences the leader's ability to get the job done and keep the group together in all kinds of situations. See Figure 15-1 for a graphical description of problem-solving process described in this chapter.

The effective use of problem-solving will do more than any other competency to advance both getting the job done and keeping the group together. It is an "umbrella" competency in its effect on a variety of issues. Planning is useful both in group situations and one-on-one.

It is the same competency as planning, useful for outlining a course of action in order to achieve an objective. Planning can serve as a "core curriculum."

Principles of Planning

When making decisions, applying a few key principles will enhance the problem-solving process.

Five Phases Of Planning

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