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A commonsense approach to business planning

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A Commonsense Approach to Business Planning is a practical guide to effective organisational planning. This is a comprehensive strategic business planning system, which includes a user-friendly workbook. Manuals are supplied as hard copy manuals or electronic downloadable emanuals.


Now you can create a unique business plan for your organisation. It will be one that is jargon-free, that you and your people own and understand. Month by month it will become a working document for each part of the business - a growth tool for all.


This manual and its workbook will lead you through a series of exercises and activities, the outcome of which will be a developed business plan which will enable you to communicate your goals to staff, customers, suppliers and other organisations so that you may gain their support.


This manual and workbook provides a straight-forward, simple, yet comprehensive approach to business planning.


Follow the instructions, and you will benefit from an improved understanding of the planning process and through greater commitment from staff to the business objectives to which they have contributed.


The Business Planning Disk (or electronic file) makes your planning even easier, by enabling you to develop, edit and update your plan easily and effectively - in Microsoft Word. You can enter all data including your financials, then print out a perfectly formatted Business Plan.


Our Business Planning Disk allows you to type your Business Plan rather than writing it into your manual. It will enable you to develop, edit and update your plan easily and effectively. It will enable you to concentrate on the business planning content rather than setting up the document. No formatting hassles, no setting up of forms and developing spreadsheets. Just follow the Commonsense Approach to Business Planning manual and enter your Business Planning data. Then print out a beautifully formatted business plan.


On disk you will find a pre-formatted business plan, including forms for targets, budgets, cashflow forecasts, profit and loss forecasts, best and worst case scenarios, resource requirements and action plans and more. It's a practical time-saver that makes updating your plan so easy.


Related links:
Electronic Manuals
Electronic Modules
Business Planning Consulting


Manual Contents

The Business Planning Manual is divided into two parts, Part One being the introduction and how the planning system works, and Part Two, the seven modules of the plan itself, concluding with an actual example to aid implementation. Examples, summaries, checklists, glossaries and quality standards are included throughout the manual.


The business planning workbook is threaded through the manual which on completion becomes a working business plan. Below is a sample of some major content headings.



How A Commonsense Approach to Business Planning was developed
About the authors
How to use A Commonsense Approach to Business Planning


The Big Picture
The Basic Components of Team Performance
A Unified Sense of Direction
Strategy, or Long-term Goals
Outputs and Performance Measures
Reward Systems
Structure and Job Design
Systems & Processes

The Planning System
The planning system
Why business planning is important
Let's look at some of the reasons why businesses do not plan
What do business plans achieve?
A systems approach to planning
Understanding the terminology
Time frame
The planning system - the big picture
Business planning model



Section One: A Unified Sense of Direction
Values, vision and mission: What are they, and what's the difference
The importance of focus and balance
Implementation of a unified sense of direction: Guidelines and pitfalls
Workbook exercises to develop values, vision and mission


Section Two: Environmental Analysis
Environmental analysis
Workbook exercises to complete a S.W.O.T. analysis


Section Three: Strategy Formulation
Why formulate a strategy for your organisation?
How to formulate strategy or strategic goals
Competitive advantage
Developing your business strategy
Workbook exercises to develop strategic goals


Section Four: Target Setting
Why set targets
Quality standards for effective targets
Common pitfalls when target setting
Workbook exercises to develop targets for strategic goals


Section Five: Financial Plans
When do we prepare financial plans?
Proposed financials
Why financials are important
Financial plans
Using your financial data to improve your business
Workbook exercises to develop financial plans


Section Six: Resource Requirements and Action Planning
Identifying resource requirements
Action planning
How action plans help achieve targets
Guidelines for preparing action plans
Pitfalls when developing action plans
Action planning - the logistics
Progress review meetings
Workbook exercises to develop action plans for selected targets


Section Seven: Evaluation
Steps in the evaluation process
Workbook exercises to evaluate the business plan

A complete example of a business plan
Example of business plan is provided

User Comments


"I looked at it and thought, hell, this is it. It was so elementary and straightforward, and it helped me sort out my thinking process."

Danny Doubell
Kempe International

"I thought to myself, 'this all fits together so well'. I found your manual very easy to read, and whipped through it. It was presented in a clear and logical manner, and will certainly help me in my work."

Angie Roger
New Zealand Fire Service

"Fundamental to the future development of my business. It is just what is needed to help get small business on track and to assist with growth and development."

Mandy Forward
Leber Storage Systems

"The manual is so well written and the jargon is very similar to what is used in this company."

Errol Jaeger
Strategic Planning, Worsley Alumina

"It is very impressive yet simple in concept and terminology. Of course, it is all 'common sense' - why is it that common sense is not common???"

Graeme Atwell, Station Manager
Torrens Island Power Station

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