The Human Side of Planning: Tool or Tyrant?

The Human Side of Planning: Tool or Tyrant?

The Human Side of Planning: Tool or Tyrant?

The Human Side of Planning: Tool or Tyrant?

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This book is addressed to leaders and would-be leaders in business, government, education, community service, and other fields. Although the nature of their tasks may vary greatly in many respects, these leaders have certain problems in common. Generally they must work through organizations, and their own futures are likely to be dependent in part on the futures of their organizations (and vice versa). Hence it is very important to them to know how to make and implement decisions today that will improve the organization's position tomorrow. Making such decisions is what planning is all about.

Professional planners, too, will be interested in some of the materials presented in this book. I have purposely avoided naming them as the audience, however, because the term "planner" is so often used to describe a specialized group of people. And planning, at least as it is conceived of here, is not at all specialized. When a leader makes a decision, he often makes, consciously or unconsciously, one or more assumptions about the future. Moreover, his decision is likely to have implications for the work and hopes of other people in his organization--and their decisions in turn may well affect his projects. As a result, he has a direct and practical interest in the activity I call planning.

Two other audiences for this volume should be mentioned. One consists of the analysts of corporations, those men and women who concern themselves with the probable future ups . . .

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