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How do supervisory planning and control work together?

Describe the relationship between supervisory planning and supervisory control.

In what ways are planning and control independent processes, and in what ways do they go hand-in-hand?

How does an effective supervisor apply planning and control to achieve success and high productivity for his or her team? Describe a specific scenario from your own work experience.

Remember: control is basically an assessment of whether or not the planning is working, i.e., achieving strategic organizational and/or marketing goals. Also, the results of the control assessment might lead to changes or revisions to the short-term or long-term planning. Who should be involved in the planning and control?

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First in your mind, separate planning (or using the skills and knowledge available to set goals and objectives for the future) and control (what the controller in the organization does: assure that the financial as well as other goals are being met with revisions along the way as needed).

For example, if you were going on a short vacation, and you were in charge of the family, this would be the supervisory planning. Weeks beforehand, you would you establish as "goals" for the destination, costs, time, where people sit in the car or airplane, ...

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Not only do supervisory planning and supervisory control work together, one task is dependent on the other. Be sure to separate planning (or using the skills and knowledge available to set goals and objectives for the future) and control (what the controller in the organization does: assure that the financial as well as other goals are being met with revisions along the way as needed).

Also, how would you track time and finances, and how can adjustments be made if needed? Is everyone in the group doing his or her part so that time and money are used effectively and efficiently? Are people happy and willing to contribute ideas in the planning process? Do they understand their role in the control assessment? Why or why not?

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