Personal Alignment comes from my review and consideration of the the Balanced Scorecard/ Strategy Maps models and adapting them to personal life design… While my background is firmly balanced between academic psychology and NLP, to me we want a solution that is robust and relevant rather than just the nice looking models.

Alignment has four components:

  1. Outcome
  2. Strategies
  3. Vehicles
  4. Foundations

Outcome asks us of the desired end state.

Strategies are the qualitative directions in that are chosen for the fulfillment of that outcome.

Vehicles are concrete manifestations and implementations of the the strategies – projects, roles and responsibilities. These can have identifiable directions, milestones or goals as well as recognition of the corresponding learning processes and systems.

Foundations is the general focus, habits and routines that we adopt to facilitate the vehicles. To me, for an individual, this also incorporates a recognition of the primary question, the values and the desired dominant emotions.

Creating this as a map allows us to identify the synergies, resolve the conflicts and support the objectives that we purport to strive towards. Also, we are able to identify measurements and interventions/ initiatives for each part of the process.

Thanks again to Mark Julien for lining up the session with Shanghai NLP and Jeff Tan and his team at REV-TC for making this possible!