The Plan’s Disadvantages

While the PLAN enjoys a geographic advantage in the first island chain, it has many limitations. Among these is the fact that its air force is a much smaller force than the U.S. Navy’s. With just 441 fixed-wing aircraft and 118 helicopters, the PLAN lacks the size and range of aircraft the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have. The PLAN also has fewer aircraft carriers. Only 70 carriers are available to the PLAN. On the other hand, 11 aircraft carriers are sufficient for the U.S. Navy.

Plans forestall adaptability

A good plan can inspire adaptability. However, a plan can also forestall activity. When the administrator is focused solely on the planning process, he may fail to see the need to adapt and will continue to commit resources to activities that are insufficient and inefficient. This is known as “demise by planning.”

Plans prevent creativity

Managers who create plans to accomplish tasks may be unaware of the negative effect on creativity. Too much planning can kill the creative process by draining resources and creating fake deadlines. It is often difficult for managers to realize this, but planning and limiting resources are two of the most common ways to stifle creativity.

To prevent plans from stifling creativity, managers should include subordinates in goal-setting discussions. Inclusion may increase creative output, but this doesn’t guarantee success. Goal-setting should be based on clear and achievable objectives, and they should be stable for a meaningful period of time. Working creatively becomes increasingly difficult when the target is constantly shifting.