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Strategic Planning for Dummies

If you’re starting a new business or planning your business’s future, there are plenty of things you should take into account. “Strategic Planning For Dummies” covers everything you need to know to develop a plan for building and maintaining a competitive advantage — no matter what business you’re in.Written by Erica Olsen, founder and President of a business development firm that helps entrepreneurial-minded businesses plan for a successful future, this handy guide covers all the basics, including: How a strategic plan is different than a business planEstablishing a step-based planning processPlanning for and encouraging growthTaking a long-view of your organizationEvaluating past performanceDefining and refining your mission, values, and visionSizing up your current situationExamining your industry landscapeSetting your strategic prioritiesPlanning for unknown contingencies

If you’re in business, you have to plan for everything — especially if you intend your business to grow. Whether you’re planning for a small business, large conglomerate, nonprofit, or even a government agency, this book has the planning specifics you need for your organization. Step-by-step, you’ll learn how to lay the foundations for a plan, understand how your plan will affect your business, form planning teams, discover what your strengths are, see where you are, and, finally, plan where you’re going. And there’s much more: Learn to analyze business trends that will determine your business’s futureSet measurable, realistic goals that you can plan for and achieveMake strategic planning a habitual part of the organizationPrioritize multiple strategies that you can implement simultaneouslySet a defining vision for the organization that guides all your planning and strategy

This friendly, simple guide puts the power of strategic planning in the palm of your hand. For small businesses that can’t afford to hire strategic planning consultants, it’s even more imperative. Careful, constant planning is the only way to handle an uncertain business future. With this book, you’ll have all the step-by-step guidance you need to ensure you’re ready for anything that comes.

Strategic Planning for Dummies

If you’re starting a new business or planning your business’s future, there are plenty of things you should take into account. Strategic Planning For Dummies covers everything you need to know to develop a plan for building and maintaining a competitive advantage — no matter what business you’re in.
Written by Erica Olsen, founder and President of a business development firm that helps entrepreneurial-minded businesses plan for a successful future, this handy guide covers all the basics, including:

How a strategic plan is different than a business plan
Establishing a step-based planning process
Planning for and encouraging growth
Taking a long-view of your organization
Evaluating past performance
Defining and refining your mission, values, and vision
Sizing up your current situation
Examining your industry landscape
Setting your strategic priorities
Planning for unknown contingencies

If you’re in business, you have to plan for everything — especially if you intend your business to grow. Whether you’re planning for a small business, large conglomerate, nonprofit, or even a government agency, this book has the planning specifics you need for your organization. Step-by-step, you’ll learn how to lay the foundations for a plan, understand how your plan will affect your business, form planning teams, discover what your strengths are, see where you are, and, finally, plan where you’re going. And there’s much more:

Learn to analyze business trends that will determine your business’s future
Set measurable, realistic goals that you can plan for and achieve
Make strategic planning a habitual part of the organization
Prioritize multiple strategies that you can implement simultaneously
Set a defining vision for the organization that guides all your planning and strategy

This friendly, simple guide puts the power of strategic planning in the palm of your hand. For small businesses that can’t afford to hire strategic planning consultants, it’s even more imperative. Careful, constant planning is the only way to handle an uncertain business future. With this book, you’ll have all the step-by-step guidance you need to ensure you’re ready for anything that comes.

Wireless Home Networking For Dummies 4th Edition

The perennial bestseller shows you how share your files and Internet connection across a wireless network
Fully updated for Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, this new edition of this bestseller returns with all the latest in wireless standards and security. This fun and friendly guide shows you how to integrate your iPhone, iPod touch, smartphone, or gaming system into your home network. Veteran authors escort you through the various financial and logisitical considerations that you need to take into account before building a wireless network at home.

Covers the basics of planning, installing, and using wireless LANs
Reviews essential information on the latest security issues
Delivers valuable tips on how to stay current with fast-moving technology
Discusses how to share resources such as printers, scanners, an Internet connection, files, and more with multiple computers on one network

Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 4th Edition skips the technical jargon and gets you connected with need-to-know information on building a wireless home network.

PCs All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies 3rd Edition

Your one-stop guide to a long and happy relationship with your PC
Mark Chambers doesn’t believe computers are supposed to be complicated, and this book proves it. Here you’ll find the straightforward scoop on using and enjoying your PC, whether it’s your first one or your fifth. From using Microsoft Works and getting online to digital multimedia, problem-solving, and network security, it’s all at your fingertips!

Discover how to:

Use the different ports on your PC
Troubleshoot Windows XP
Listen to Internet radio
Use Microsoft Works and Office 2003
Make movies and DVDs
Set up and secure a network

Macs For Dummies 14th Edition

Take a bite out of all your Mac has to offer with this bestselling guide
So, you joined the cool kids club and bought a Mac. Kudos! Now, do you dare admit to your sophisticated Mac mates that you still need some help figuring out how it works? No worries, Macs For Dummies is here to help! In full color for the first time ever, the latest edition of this long-running bestseller takes the guesswork out of working with your new Mac, providing easy-to-follow, plain-English answers to every possible question in the book!

Whether you’re trying to figure out the basics of getting around the OS X interface, learning the ins and outs of turning your Mac into a sleek productivity tool, or anything in between, Mac For Dummies makes it fast and easy to navigate your way around your new Apple computer. You’ll get the know-how to rocket into cyberspace, browse the Web, send messages, back up files to the Cloud, deal with security issues, get productive with leading Mac apps, and have fun with one-stop shopping for music, movies, and media.

Navigate OS X El Capitan with confidence and ease
Use your Mac to power your audio and video systems
Add your Mac to your home network
Troubleshoot common problems when your Mac starts misbehaving