“The term planning is imbecilic; everything can change tomorrow“
That was a quote made by a French manager, straight after the 1973 oil crisis.
He’s kind of right of course. Everything can, quite easily, change tomorrow. We’re living in a world where we see changes every day. Ground-breaking technology, product innovations, medical breakthroughs, economic globalization. Things change. I can’t argue with that.
But does that mean “planning is imbecilic” though?
Can planning be inflexible and slow to respond to change? Yes. Can it be reliant on poor, over-optimistic forecasting? Probably. Can it lead to bad business decisions? Definitely.
Planning can be ineffective and damaging if it’s done badly.
Good planning, on the other hand, can minimize the uncertainty brought on by change. It can reduce risk, promote reflection and encourage innovation. It forces rational, logical thinking and it helps inform good business decisions.
Don’t believe me?
Take the 1911 race to the South Pole. The race was between two explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott. They each had a similar amount of experience and were the same age. Both faced 1,400 miles of gale-force winds, blizzards, and minus temperatures on their expeditions.
Amundsen meticulously planned his trip for several years. Scott didn’t.
Guess which expedition tragically failed?
Amundsen was already sailing back to Norway when Scott’s team finally gave up hope.
“Failing to plan is planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin
So, now we’ve established that planning is sensible, and not ‘imbecilic’, let’s find out why human resource planning is one of the most valuable processes a company can follow.
To do this, I will cover the following:
- What is human resource planning?
- Why is human resource planning important?
- The 7 stages of human resource planning
- Where do I start with human resource planning?
- Implementing your human resource plans
- How to use Process Street for your human resource planning
Without further ado, let’s get stuck in!