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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Mega Thinking and Planning

Book Description

Our world is changing and changeable. Do you know where your organization is headed? Can you justify why you should go there? And provide the criteria for judging your progress and success? This pocket guide helps you through the process of creating a better future by giving you the principles and tools of mega thinking and planning.

Table of Contents

  1. Title
  2. Copyright
  3. Contents
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. What this Book Will Do for You
  6. Chapter 1: The Basic Concepts Required to Define Success Using Mega Thinking and Planning
    1. Mega Thinking and Planning Defined
    2. Preview of Three Guides for Defining and Delivering Success
    3. Change, Choice, and Consequences
    4. Choosing Mega Thinking and Planning: Important Variables to Consider
  7. Chapter 2: The Organizational Elements Model: Ensuring that We Work at the Correct Level
    1. Guide One: The Organizational Elements Model (OEM)1
  8. Chapter 3: The Ideal Vision: Selecting Where You Are Headed and Justifying Why You Want to Get There
    1. Mega Results for Individuals, Organizations, and Society: Measuring Consequences
    2. The Bernardez 2-Level Business Case Model
  9. Chapter 4: Six Critical Success Factors for Successful Mega Thinking and Planning
  10. Chapter 5: Objectives and Performance Specifications: The Criteria for Accomplishment
    1. Means and Ends
    2. Some Examples of Objectives at the Mega, Macro, and Micro Levels4
    3. Ends and Means: Related but Different
    4. Means vs. Ends Answer Key
    5. Outside-In vs. Inside-Out Planning
  11. Chapter 6: Mission Objectives: Preparing the Objective for Your Organization
    1. The Mission Objective and Its Relation to Mega
    2. Mission Objective
  12. Chapter 7: Needs and Needs Assessment
    1. Need is NOT a Verb!1
    2. Needs, Nouns, Verbs, and Conflict
    3. Needs Are Not Wants, and Means Are Not Ends
    4. Working with Needs as Gaps in Results
    5. Recording Your Needs Assessment Data
    6. Needs, Needs Assessment, and Evaluation: Related Yet Different
    7. Doing Needs Assessments
    8. Costs and Consequences15 in the Context of Needs Assessment
    9. Using Costs-Consequences Analysis in Any Organization
  13. Chapter 8: Implementing the Mega Plan
    1. Applying the Concept and Tools of Mega Thinking and Planning to Measurably Deliver Success
    2. Collecting and Displaying Needs Assessment Data
    3. Using the What Is and What Should Be Format for Collecting Data
    4. Putting Everything to Work
    5. A Management Plan for Mega Thinking and Planning
  14. Chapter 9: Evaluation and Continual Improvement: What Worked, What Didn’t, What to Keep, and What to Change
    1. Evaluation: Different Yet Related to Needs Assessment
  15. Chapter 10: Some Final Guidance
    1. Some Rules of the Mega Thinking and Planning Road1
    2. Avoiding Making Conventional Mistakes When Doing Strategic Thinking and Planning
    3. Selecting Who Should Be on the Strategic Planning Team
    4. 14 Basic Steps for Defining and Delivering Success: Mega Thinking and Planning7
    5. Assessing Your Progress
  16. Glossary of Terms
  17. About the Author