Strategic planning templates help us not replace us.
When we get caught up in the format of the work, we miss the entire point. Sure templates, guides, frameworks help direct our thinking, but they don’t do our thinking.
Or worse, when we are tired of doing the real work and start fiddling with the format, we should know we aren’t making real progress.
Unless your goal is to create a template for someone else, in which case it is now the work, spend as little time as possible on the structure. Just get the thoughts down. You’ll be much farther along that you might think.