Planning

This study guide, which was published by ILO as a MATCOM Learning Element in 1985, is all about planning - knowing what you want to do, setting objectives, deciding what resources are needed and planning staff workloads. This is an important activity for a cooperative if it wishes to be successful. A manager who has planned will be alerted in advance when plans go wrong, and may be able to put things right in time. Planning involves making allowances for errors. The very best plans are not in themselves any use at all unless they are effectively implemented. Managers should not think that if they prepare good plans, everything will go right automatically. But if they do not plan at all, nothing is likely to go right.

Copyright © 1985 International Labour Organization 

Web edition (revised) Copyright © 2006 Food and Agriculture Organization

Resources

resource title type year resource
Lesson 1: What is planning; why do it? Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

The objective of this lesson is to introduce the concept of planning and show by examples why it is so important in the successful management of a cooperative society.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Lesson 2: What are you trying to do? Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

The objective of this lesson is to explain the importance of analysing what it is you are trying to do and identifying all the possible ways to do it. The lesson then goes on to explain how to set up objectives that are useful for planning and effective management.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Lesson 3: Activities and resources Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

The objective of this lesson is to review the process of turning objectives into specific activities which must be undertaken in order to achieve the objectives, and the implications in terms of time, money and materials that will be required.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Lesson 4: The storage building Lesson 1991
This resource appears in: Planning

The objective of this lesson is to introduce different types of storage building and the factors that have to be considered when planning the construction of a new storage building. The lesson also explains how to calculate space requirements for bagged produce.

Author MATCOM
Region / Country Global
Keywords Cooperative, Storage Requirements
Lesson 4: Work planning Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

The objective of this lesson is to learn how to assess staff workloads and deal with the effect of variable workloads through the year, and then to look at the problems managers face in managing their own time. Guidance is given on deciding which tasks are flexible and which are not, preparing planning charts and setting priorities.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Lesson 5: Planning and Staff Management Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

This lesson provides a brief reminder to managers of the importance of delegation and permitting staff to take responsibility for planning their own activities within the overall work plan.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Keywords Cooperative
Lesson 5: Planning and Staff Management Lesson 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

This lesson provides a brief reminder to managers of the importance of delegation and permitting staff to take responsibility for planning their own activities within the overall work plan.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global
Planning study guide: Follow-up exercises Document 1985
This resource appears in: Planning

Suggested exercises for people to carry out on completion of the Planning study guide for agricultural cooperative managers.

Author MATCOM / ILO
Region / Country Global

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