StratOp is a strategic system that helps your team clarify where you are, where you’re headed, and how to get there. It’s used by organizations big and small, from billion-dollar global corporations to entrepreneurs and startups.

Organizations that use StratOp are asking big questions, questions like “What’s our vision?” “How do we make a greater impact?” or “How do we move forward from here?” They’re looking for alignment, growth, and clear next steps.

Most strategic planning processes move as quickly as possible from perceived problem to assumed solution, missing key insights that give unity and competitive advantage.

StratOp is different, emphasizing perspective first. When we first understand where we are and how we got here, our plans for the future are built on sharper insight and provide more effective solutions.

StratOp begins with a 3-day facilitated process that guides your team to collaborate on gaining perspective about the past and present, and on developing a plan for the future. After the StratOp you'll possess a clear action plan, purposefully crafted to deliver measurable results.

But more than a one-time planning event, StratOp is a full system that moves from the big picture vision to practical action steps. We'll help you install an accessible suite of management tools that equip your team and ensure your vision becomes a reality.

Powered by the Paterson Process, StratOp has helped for-profit companies, not-for-profits and churches, professional sports teams, and even the government of an entire country. If your team needs clarity, alignment, momentum and growth, StratOp is for you.

StratOp facilitators are of the highest quality. They must go through a screening process. They cannot be rookies. They must be experienced leaders with a track record of successes. If they make it through our screening process, they must undergo extensive training in our world class system.

Start with "why", but StratOp strategically helps you plan "the how".

Simon Sinek's book "Start With Why" invites us to notice the shift in how people think today. The marketing world is filled with strategies about how to gain followers the easy way: social network like mad, buy air time, and find brand ambassadors. But the "start with why" concept is really about the order in which our brains sequence information. Our brains constantly scan for simplicity and it usually starts with "why would we do that?"

StratOp Strategic Planning always begins with the "why". 

  • Why are we here?

  • Why does it matter?

  • Why make a difference?

  • Why does the world need us?

But StratOp Strategic Planning doesn't let us stay there.

The next step is to build perspective. Organizations often water down their impact because its key stakeholders are off balance and not on the same page. StratOp Strategic Planning is a world class tool to build perspective.

Planning is the next phase. We can’t plan well if we haven’t done the hard work of building perspective. We’ll make plans around faulty or incomplete information. Planning is the next crucial stage of the StratOp process.

Ongoing renewal and reusable tools make the circle complete. StratOp gives you the operating system to accomplish the planning goals. All the tools in the StratOp are reusable and renewable on a regular basis.

StratOp is about "the how". The process shows us how we should be prioritizing our work. How to work on the right things and when. How to unroll our vision for the next 5, 10, and 20 years. StratOp Strategic Planning is about "the how".



1. PERSPECTIVE: You must find the truth about where the organization presently is. We'll help you find the truth before it finds you.

2. CLARITY: Organizations get trapped in the tyranny of the urgent. Gain clarity about what to do and how to do it.

3. UNITY: We'll help everyone get on the same page moving in the same direction.

4. SUPPORT: You'll have the chance to receive ongoing coaching through the process.

5. CONFIDENCE: You'll know what to do, how to do it, and why.

6. TOOLS: You'll receive re-usable tools you can renew every year. 

7. A MASTER PLAN: No more pieces of different leadership puzzles. You'll receive ONE MASTER PLAN for moving forward.

8. EXECUTABLE OPERATING SYSTEM: You'll finally have a way of measuring success for every team in your organization.

9. THE RIGHT MISSION, VISION, AND CORE VALUES: There's a right way and and wrong way to do these.  You'll do it the right way...finally. 

10. PEACE OF MIND. You'll finally have a fully integrated, executable, thorough master plan so you can sleep peacefully at night.

StratOp Strategic Planning is the most effective strategic planning process in over 25 years of management experience and Gary was the perfect person to deliver it.