There are seven steps in the basic planning process. In order for 2008, p. 154). A plan to become a reality a process must be developed and followed through. The steps In the planning process are as follows: 1. Setting Objectives- If management sets long and short term goals for their company they are giving not only their employees something to refer to, they are establishing what management hopes to acquire in the near and far future. 2. Analyzing and Evaluating the Environments-The management team determines what resources are available to them; manpower, supplies, finances, and company isolations/policies.
If a company compiles a database with specific Information about each of the resources above, they can be better prepared to plan out what events need to take place and how they are going to be achieved. 3. Identifying the Alternatives- Formulating a backup plan in case something comes up and hinders the original plan. This is having a list of contacts who can work late or on weekends to get tasks completed. 4. Evaluating the Alternatives- Having a plan on what to do if the set goals cannot be made in a timely manner; such as approve overtime and hiring temporary specialists o aid in completing the task at hand in a timely manner.
It is also a good idea to have a backup on resources so that If a problem arises, there is financial stability to cover all expenses. 5. Selecting the Best Solution- Going through the backup plan and choosing the best plan out of those formulated to ensure success. 6. Implementing the Plan- This step is where management moves forward with the chosen plan and starts assigning tasks to not only employees but to the management personnel as well. Because everyone NAS a task to complete, ten plan Is looked rater ND if any problems arise, management can work together and come up with an alternative plan. 7.
Controlling and Evaluating the Results- This step is where management views the plan on a daily basis to make sure it is going according to plan. This is also where changes are made to the plan in order for it to run successfully. I think the most important step is step 1, setting objectives. Without goals clearly established by leadership an organization will not have an idea of what needs to be accomplished in order for them to be successful. Everything that I do in the military s goal driven. I have to accomplish task on a recurring basis that in part affects the mission goals established by my leadership.
If I fail to meet these goals short and long term I can negatively affect my organizations ability to be successful. For example; a new Airmen coming into an organization for the first time has a checklist of items that he or she has to accomplish in order for that individual to be considered deployable. If that Airmen does not complete the necessary task than a manning requirement in an Area of Operation (ROR) could possibly be a “short fall” asking for someone who has already been within the last year, or will be given short notice to leave, which in itself can be devastating to the members family.
During my career I have seen scenarios like this play out across our Armed Forces. I personally have been negatively affected by Airmen not meeting the goals and standards set by leadership within an organization. When I was tasked for a deployment in the year 2006, I was given 3 days to get my affairs in order and to make sure that my family would be able to function. The deployment was for 1 year. I had three days to spend with my family and out-process my home base. The in ability for Airmen to meet the goals of the organization that they are assigned negatively affects the mission.