We’re living in a world of words which lead
our lives and change every three minutes.
Remember my favourite saying “words shape
minds”? In order to live in Today we have
to be “smart”, to have a “smart car” which
drives alone and consumes little. We keep
downloading “smart applications” which are
intelligent and watch us all the time because we
tell them everything we know and what we like
and we want to buy.
“Mindfulness” was a very fashion word short
time ago which is about maintaining amoment-
by-moment awareness of our thoughts,
feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding
environment so that our thoughts tune into
what we’re sensing in the present moment
rather than rehashing the past or imagining the
future. Staying focused on today. And to give
just one example for the business world, now
i3 has taken over R&D, i3 a term for “internet,
innovation & internationalization”.
But my favourite of these present new and
fashion terms is ALIGNMENT. If we search in
any dictionary the word alignment we will find
a simple definition such as this: “
that parts function properly
”. But the sense that I
prefer to understand and attribute to the term
is the coaching alignment definition which is
related to aligning goals, careers and happiness.
When you talk to people, especially young
people and you ask them what they think could
make them have a happy life, they generally
tend to think of money, or even better, “ a lot of
money”. Another of the opinions or visions they
have is “becoming famous” because somehow
being well-known means that you are going to
make “money”. And again the goal of it all is to
be happy, not the money for the money’s sake.
So, for them, and for a lot of people it’s a perfect
equation “money equals happy life”.
The problem is that although many of them
have their good qualifications and they are
junior professionals, and they even have a clear
mind to know what they want they often don’t
know how to reach their goals. This is what
alignment teaches us and I think at every high
school or educational institution there should
be a gap to teach information such this.
Simply speaking, Alignment is a coaching
technique which says that in order to have a
fulfilling career and to reach your professional