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Chapter 9. How to Align Constraints

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?

—Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist (1922–2000)

Much has been written about vision, mission, and goal setting, but few experts seem to agree on what the words really mean. Dictionaries don’t agree with encyclopedias, and process frameworks don’t agree with leading consultants. Or the other way around.

This chapter continues where the previous one stopped. It is about purpose, vision, mission, and goals, and the practical side of Align Constraints. My own use of these terms could match existing definitions (by sheer luck), although it is most likely that they differ somewhat. At the least, ...

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