The Strategic Planning Tools for Today's Leaders
July 9, 2021
The Strategic Planning Tools for Today's Leaders

The Strategic Planning process and framework needed a revolution. After decades of slow evolution, the process became more of a checkbox to be completed by executive teams to feel as though they were doing the proper diligence to set their teams up for success in the year to come. 

However, for today's leading companies, going through the motions of simply applying old strategic planning best practices wasn't going to cut it. 

Rather than succumb to the dated strategic planning process model, strategy and operations leaders at these leading companies realized that strategic planning could serve as an opportunity for growth. So instead of just continuing to go through the motions, strategy and operations leaders invested in implementing the people and processes needed to build, review, and execute their strategic plan. 

However, while the people and processes have been continuing to evolve over the past few years, the strategic planning tools and techniques used to bring these plans to life have been lacking. 

As strategy and operations leaders have continued to take on more responsibility and ownership of driving growth and alignment across their companies, they've been forced to rely on outdated technology to try and successfully execute their plans. 

For some leaders, they've been asked to rely on traditional strategic plan tracking tools that only display static data or excel spreadsheets that take an enormous manual effort to implement and maintain. For others, they have turned to different tools used for strategic planning, such as project management solutions or even dashboarding tools. Neither of these were built to create and execute a company's overall strategic plan, and they lack the ability to connect the long-term vision for the company with day-to-day execution. And this is only scratching the surface of some of the makeshift strategic tools we've seen used by strategy and operations leaders.  

The reality is that strategy and operations leaders have been forced to rely on brute force to try and maintain their plans. That's why we built Elate. Elate is the leading Strategic Planning software built to help high growth companies communicate their vision, create alignment, and track performance all in one place.

At Elate, we believe your strategic plan should create clarity, not confusion. We empower strategy and operations leaders to easily highlight the company vision that guides your company's direction, and easily evaluate, implement, and measure objectives that help you meet your goals. As we’ve written in the past, we are firm believers in people, process, and tools, and Elate provides leaders with the necessary strategic planning tools for long term success. 

Our solution was built to bring the strategic planning framework that strategy and operations have spent countless hours building and refining into reality. 

We’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best strategy and operations leaders today, and seen countless strategic planning examples and strategic plan templates. The reality is that unlike more traditional OKR or performance management tools, Elate is built to create a lifecycle for your strategic planning. We believe that strategic planning isn't an annual, static process done to simply check a box at your leadership offsite meeting. 

Instead, we built Elate to bring together the strategy tools and frameworks used by leading companies, and align every team member around a common purpose. 

If you're interested in learning more about how we are working with leading strategy and operations leaders to bring their strategic plan to life, then feel free to reach out to our team. We'd love to share more about how Elate can help scale your company and provide your team with a competitive advantage.