What is the goal, why is it important and what changes as a result? Decisions must be made with the desired end result in focus. Lives impacted, jobs created, communities revitalized, college scholarships developed, economic and business models initiated, training and education programs established. The Strategic Operating Plan process is unique where it combines strategic planning and operating planning into a two to three-day session. The process uses several constructs to obtain perspective and clarity of vision and mission. The plan is designed to “structure for performance” where the organization looks through a strategic governance lens.