StratOp

We guide leadership teams

to create a strategic operating plan that is implemented as a system

enabling them to get what they want from their business.

Signs your business needs StratOp

Your team lacks full Perspective on the business

Planning efforts fail to follow through to Action

The Structure, roles & responsibilities to support your strategy are unclear

Ongoing Management of the company lacks discipline & accountability to achieve desired results

Your company’s strategic plan becomes outdated due to ineffective plan Renewal

3 Steps to focus & grow your business through StratOp

1. Discovery Call

Schedule A Call so as we can better understand your specific needs and goals.

2. Create An Actionable Plan

Over a thee-day workshop we facilitate your team through the StratOp phases of Perspective, Planning & Action to create a customized actionable strategic operating plan.

3. Implement & See Results

Through Management Review sessions, we ensure your team implements the plan by guiding them through the StratOp phases of Action, Structure, & Management.

Tom has added tremendous value to me and my leadership team. We started with the 2-day StratOp Workshop which was a great way to get the team engaged, bought-in and ultimately, on the same page. We continue to engage Tom to help us stay focused on what is most important and to act on the vital few areas that have the greatest impact on the business.

David Jones

CEO, Yesler

Tom lead our management team through a series of StratOp exercises adapted to fit our phase of business. It was enlightening to look at the company from many vantage points, and make decisions as a team about what the next 3 years will look like. We are starting 2018 with a crystal clear target, and initiatives to execute on it. It’s been so helpful to have a map, a path, and for that matter be clear on what mountain we’re climbing.

Greg Bear

President, Bear Group

We hired Navigate the Journey to facilitate our annual retreat last year and it was revolutionary for our culture and our business. Using the StratOp methodology, Tom helped us get a lot of skeletons out of the closet, and deal with some unsaid things that had been looming. Using StratOp was also incredible in that it helped us map out a plan for where our agency is headed and to drill down into What’s Important Now (or WIN initiatives).

Chad Paris

CEO, Parisleaf

StratOp Phases

 

1. Perspective

Where Are We Now?

2. Planning

Where Are We Headed?

3. Action

What’s Important Now?

4. Structure

What Form Is Right For Us?

5. Manangement

How Are We Doing?

6. Renewal

What Must Change?

StratOp Heritage

StratOp was created by Tom Paterson. The father of modern management, Peter Drucker, described Paterson as the “Process Practitioner” due to Paterson’s conceiving & developing practical processes & tools around Drucker’s management theories. StratOp therefore stands in the line of arguably the greatest business theoretician, Peter Drucker and the greatest process practitioner, Tom Paterson.

Paterson accomplished a great deal over a distinguished career including patenting the original innovation for ATM PIN technology, crafting the original concept for Space Mountain in Disneyland, leading innovative teams for NASA, Boeing, IBM and RCA, and was commissioned by the Reagan administration to help China’s transition to a market based economy in the 1980s.

But for much of his corporate and consulting career Paterson practiced strategic planning that was often prescriptive, leading to plans that were not implemented – an approach that was unfortunately all too common in decades past as it is today. Spurred on by helpful challenges from executives at RCA and Ingersoll-Rand, Paterson created StratOp, a strategic planning system unlike any other.

StratOp Journey

StratOp is not a one-time event.  Rather, StratOp is a strategic operating system that improves business performance through both a powerful strategic operating plan creation process and a long-term strategic operating plan implementation journey.  We can customize the scope, sequence and timing of the following journey plan to best meet your objectives and desired outcomes.

StratOp Log

StratOp Phase IV – STRUCTURE: What Form Is Right For Us?

Restructuring efforts often fail to deliver hoped for results and many fail outright.  A November 2016 Harvard Business Review – Getting Reorgs Right – article cited a McKinsey survey of reorganizations found that 80% of reorgs “fail to deliver hoped-for-value in the time planned and 10% cause real damage to the company.”  That same HBR […]

StratOp Phase III – ACTION: What’s Important Now?

Is your organization able to get the most important things done in the midst of the ‘whirlwind’, the distractions of your day-to-day responsibilities?   Chris McChesney, author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution writes “The real enemy of execution is your day job! We call it the whirlwind. It’s the massive amount of energy that’s […]

StratOp: Peter Drucker’s theory & the greatest process practitioner’s tools

Strategic planning in its many forms is as ubiquitous as budgeting and marketing. However, people’s experience with strategic planning is often less than positive as too many planning processes do not allow leaders to get the results they want from their business. A November 2011 Forbes article titled “10 Reasons Why Strategic Plans Fail” cited […]

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