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What is StratOp?

StratOp equips leaders and teams to clarify their purpose, make their vision clear, and move forward with strategic impact.

Leaders and teams that use StratOp are doing amazing work. It aligns your people and resources around what matters, bringing focus to your operations, and releasing you to go after the highest-impact opportunities. StratOp helps you to close the gap between a big vision and your day-to-day action. It helps you accelerate your impact, by focusing on the right things today, to take you to where you want to go in the future.

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. You’ll walk away from the first phase of StratOp with 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. Your Guide will help you install an accessible suite of management tools that equip your team and ensure your vision becomes a reality. You can explore more of how we do that at

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.

The StratOp Process:

StratOp Process

StratOp will:

StratOp Action

Give you a strategic plan with
clear action to move your
organization forward

StratOp Align

Align your team as you
co-create your plan for the
future, together

StratOp Grow

Help your organization grow

Plans don’t self-execute. StratOp clients get a full suite of management tools to take their plans from vision to reality.

Access Your StratOp Management Resources

“Success is not unlimited opportunity, but focused possibility.”

- Tom Paterson

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StratOp Clients

Organizations equipped with StratOp, making their greatest contribution

At Otterbox, we’ve used the StratOp process to grow from $10 million to over $1 billion in revenue. It is how we do business. StratOp aligns everything and everybody, across the entire business. I don’t know of anything like it.
Curt Richardson
Founder & CVO, Otter Products
In today’s internet-driven information age, answers are everywhere, so asking the right questions is at the very heart of all real solutions. The StratOp suite of tools allows us to mine the answers we need for our opportunities because it asks the right questions. Gateway Church has benefited greatly from the clarity that proceeds from using the StratOp tools; they are a regular part of our meetings and planning.
Gateway Church
Gateway Church Leadership

StratOp Champion Training

StratOp Champion training is for organizational leaders who have been tasked with managing the StratOp process internally. Many have seen the power of the Paterson Process, facilitated by a certified Guide, within their organization. This training equips the designated StratOp Champion on staff with the organization to make their greatest impact with their team as they drive the organizational vision to success. Our updated Champion training, with online videos and content, paired with coaching cohorts, is launching soon.

To register your interest in our upcoming Champion Training, please submit your email below.

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We believe in

The power of a great question

We first connect with you to establish the customized approach that will get you the highest return on your investment. The investment in StratOp is always crafted to ensure you receive what your organization and team needs, and perhaps even more than you imagined. Our rates are comparable to management consulting and coaching firms. Above all, we focus on bringing you remarkable value for your investment that will pay dividends throughout your organization both today and in the future.

We will connect you with one of our team of Guides who best fits your organization, to create the greatest leverage of your time and investment into the StratOp process. As we say in StratOp: “We are process, and you (the client) are content.” As such, we do not seek to connect you with subject-matter experts, but rather with strategic guides who help you and your team get perspective, put a plan in place, and install and manage a system that is robust and tailored for your organization. Throughout an engagement with you, we continually work with our Guides to ensure excellence and impact. Sometimes the Guide is in the same geographic area as you, but not always; fit is always more important to us than location.

Over the last 40 years, the StratOp process has helped thousands of teams, from startups to billion-dollar enterprises, from church plants to mega-churches, and from fledgling non-profits to international movements. StratOp is a strategic system, designed to help any kind of team first get clear on where they stand, then bring breakthrough to where they want to go, and lastly to craft a unique plan to get them there. Looking for a plan to move forward? Looking for alignment around vision? Looking to start growing, or to manage the growth you’re already experiencing? StratOp can help.

StratOp weaves together every aspect of your organization – the strategic, the operational, and the financial – and includes input from each person on your team, creating a tangible sense of unity and buy-in. StratOp’s unique approach will help your entire organization get clear on where you stand, where you’re headed, and how to get there. We believe in the Socratic approach of guiding through asking great questions; this leads to discovery and ownership. Our role is to guide you and your team through a proven process that draws out from your team the highest collective IQ and that helps you make a greater impact. While many strategic planning processes put a value on speed – solving a problem in the fastest way possible – the StratOp Process places a higher value on gaining clear perspective before attempting to make a plan. When guided to clear perspective across all areas of your organization, you are able to arrive at the best possible course of action and to drive a plan to execution. Once we have clear perspective, the plan comes together quickly, and the entire team is set up for success in executing it.

Learn more about how StratOp can help you and your team get aligned, focus on what matters, and make your vision real.

We love coming alongside teams doing work that matters, and we're excited to talk to you. Our calls are a lot like our work — curious and creative conversations to explore where you’re at and where you want to go. Based on the perspective we glean together, we’ll talk about what next steps might serve you best.

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