3 Steps for Planning in a Changing World

Throughout the world, businesses of every size are feeling firsthand the impacts of instability. In a time of uncertainty, surviving and thriving comes down to how promptly your business can identify disruptive changes and proactively respond to them.

That’s not so easy when your business is mired in static planning—characterized by long planning cycles, immediately obsolete plans, siloed efforts, and hard-to-find errors. Manual, spreadsheet-based planning, budgeting, and forecasting may have worked well enough in a more predictable age. But as we’re discovering, that age is long gone.

Even traditional market forces have proven challenging. Technological advances, ever-increasing customer expectations, and smarter, data-driven decision-making put pressure on finance teams to find new ways to operate with agility.

But how do you plan in a way that allows you to respond to such events, from the predictable to the unlikely?

The answer begins—and ends—with active planning.

Why Static Planning Is a Disadvantage

The static, traditional planning models finance teams relied on for decades aren’t just a questionable choice in times of disruption—they can leave your business at a grave disadvantage. Businesses hampered by outdated planning processes are often left scrambling to react to changes while more agile competitors outpace, outperform, and outmaneuver

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