Why is it called a "StratOp"?
The word "StratOp" blends two words vital to a successful strategic planning process. "Strat" stands for strategic, the art of planning for tomorrow, today. "Op" stands for operational, the discipline of managing today, today. Thus, it is a Strategic-Operational planning process: we must plan for tomorrow - today while ensuring we manage today - today.
Who in the organization should be involved?
Having the right people in the room is a key component to a successful StratOp. The ideal team is comprised of six to twelve persons who are the key voices in your organization; who come from a variety of functions, are a healthy mix of ages, gender and tenure and above all, are those who can think like a "shop owner" regardless of their position.
Where will we gather?
Your office, our office, or another site. The key is to find a comfortable, distraction-free place where we can focus for three days.
What will I receive at the end of the process?
You get a ready-to-install, customized strategic operating plan, both in a Plan-On-A-Page (see example here) format and with a supporting playbook (hard copies and electronic formats).
You get unity and alignment in leadership. You get clarified roles and a plan to move towards your vision while resourcing the staff to tend to the operational realities they face.
What is your role as Facilitator?
As facilitator, I bring Process while you and your team bring Content. I will manage the strategic planning process so you and your team can focus on developing a plan that will bring your team to breakthrough levels of thinking. If necessary, I will slow down the pace in order to ascend to the mountaintop of perspective. This is not a cookie cutter process; it is very creative and highly customized. It's a lot of fun too!
What ongoing support do you provide following our StratOp?
As your Certified Facilitator, I will be with you on site for each one of the creation and implementation meetings, and I’ll then be available for monthly coaching and quarterly on-site visits to ensure a smooth transition to operationalizing your strategic operating system.