What is our best business focus during 2018 – Calling upon prior Option A- Focus on promoting Communication Survey: and using Option Solving?

Two weeks ago this writer used option solving to clarify his best business option during 2018. Based upon those options, he chose to pursue Option A – Focus on promoting Communication Survey. Now he called upon option solving’s “Peeling the Onion” approach to gain further clarity on next steps. This basically entailed going through the whole option solving cycle once more.

Hence he immediately set-about putting together an adapted question as follows: “Peeling the Onion – What would be our best business focus during 2018, calling upon Option A – Focus on promoting the survey; considering 1) wish to work more from home base, 2) want to generate best return for focused effort, 3) want to create valuable asset to leverage, 4) have limited capital to invest, and 5) have a great product?”  Note the five considerations he came up with, which were among several others. He kept it to the most important ones, so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

With this in place, it was time to develop two yin and yang “bookends,” which would operate as his extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties on his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

His yin and yang bookends that emerged were: “Allow to emerge naturally” and “Partner with expert 3rd party promoter,” both of which seemed the least likely possibilities. However, they would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

He knew he had to come-up with at least five realistic options, to stretch his range of possibilities. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic options. Feel free to review his six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-D: Find further components to Wow participants.”

With his “pictogram” in place, with its range of six options, he needed to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of his similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution.

He was resolved to sleep on it and review it the following morning, first thing, and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him toward his best choice in the overall circumstances. Once that became clear, he could either pursue another round of “Peeling the Onion” or put together an action initiative as soon as possible, while his mind is still fresh on all the deliberations. What option would you choose?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What would be the best option to handle a potential customer situation?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Daniel H. Pink, author of business best seller “A Whole New Mind”, with new book “Drive” says, “Peter Arthur-Smith has produced a savvy and practical book that will change how you approach the challenges in your business. By showing you the limits of ‘problem-solving’ and the power of whole-minded thinking. SMART DECISIONS will expand your strategies and widen your possibilities.”

What would be our best business focus during 2018: using Option Solving?

This writer also has to make decisions about his business focus this year just like everyone else. Fortunately he is lucky enough to have a number of interesting options and so by applying option solving, as he would recommend to anyone else, he will determine what’s best for him, too.

So cutting right to the chase, he immediately set about putting together an appropriate question like: “What would be the best business option for me during 2018; considering 1) wish to work more from home base, 2) want to generate best return for focused effort, 3) want to create valuable asset to leverage , and 4) have limited capital to invest?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others. These seemed like the most important ones, so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

Now these were in place, he then set-about establishing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilities. Those bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties on his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

Yin and yang bookends that emerged were: “Play things by ear” and “Seek more resources,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

He knew he had to come-up with at least five realistic options, to stretch his mind possibilities. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s just fine to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he produced. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-B: Focus on promoting option solving.” A natural one don’t you think?

With his “pictogram” in place, with its range of six options, he needed to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of his similar life experiences and choices.

He was resolved to sleep on it and review it tomorrow morning, first thing, and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to his best choice in the overall circumstances. Once that becomes clear, with no second-guessing, he will then put together an action initiative or pursue “Peeling the Onion.”  This will enable him to make headway, while things are still fresh in his mind. Then the rubber meets the road. What option would you choose?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: On best business focus for 2018?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What would be the best career track for me: using Option Solving?

As this writer also gets involved in sharing insights on people’s communication preferences and talents, based upon a highly successful on-line survey, he found himself talking to a college student about his future career. The student’s communication profile turned up as DAIP, which indicated certain strength as a Diplomat (D) and much less focus on being a Producer (P). The latter “P” indicated that he had some difficulty maintaining focus and seeing things through, which would not be terribly helpful in so many deadline and pressure oriented careers. Other parts of the conversation about his life to-date tended to bear out these tendencies.

He was therefore advised to carefully consider his options by utilizing option solving and putting his mind to developing a question like: “What would be the best career track for me; considering 1) I’m working my way through college, 2) I’m a strategic thinker, 3) I’m challenged in high pressure situations, and 4) I’m not clear about my career desires?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others, but this four seemed his mostly likely ones so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

With these in place, he then set-about producing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive mind on the most plausible set of options, relative to his career ideas to date. Such bookends are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

The bookends that emerged were: “Drift along and hope for the best” and “Ask college friends what I should do,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

Your writer challenged him to produce at least five realistic options, to stretch his thinking as much as possible. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he came-up with. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-E: Build venture to work at my own pace.”

Now that he had produced a “pictogram”, with its range of six options, he was encouraged to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow him to draw upon his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options.

He was advised to sleep on it and when he awoke the next morning to quickly

review it and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to the best choice for him, in his circumstances. Once that became clear, with no second-guessing, he should then put together an action initiative to make headway, while things were still fresh in his mind. What option would you have chosen?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Pursuing your 2018 New Year Resolution?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

Peeling the Onion – What is my organization’s best option for enhancing performance to another level: using Option Solving?

Our CEO from two weeks ago did return to his leadership team, introduced them to option solving and his pictogram, and then invited them to collaborate with him on a “Peeling the Onion” exercise. When they reached this point, they chose “Option D – Develop our leadership teams at every level” from the CEO’s pictogram.

So then their rational question became: “What is our optimum approach toward developing our leadership team – Option D – Develop our leadership teams at every level; considering 1) current readiness to lead, 2) current leadership talent, 3) potential leaders at lower levels, and 4) most cost effective approach??”  Although they came up with a range of considerations, they agreed upon this four so as not to overly complicate their decision task.

They then set-about producing two “bookends,” which would operate as their yin and yang extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus their intuitive minds on the most realistic set of options for taking their company to another level. Such bookends are vital for preventing their fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

It was interesting to see the bookends that emerged, which were: “Just allow natural leaders rise to the top” and “Clean house and bring in a fresh leader team,” both of which they considered were their company’s least likely options – see our Latest Worked Example. Now their bookends would prompt a fresh range of options.

Their CEO then challenged them to come up with at least five realistic options, to stretch their thinking as much as possible. In fact their thoughts bubbled-up into six realistic possibilities. It’s perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what they produced. You can view their six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option F- Adopt 5 phase Enlightened Leadership approach.”

Once they had produced their fresh “pictogram”, with its range of six options, they were encouraged to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his team members to draw upon their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review their range of options.

The CEO allowed them a couple of hours of other activities before asking them to return for choosing their optimum option. By doing so he tapped into the powerful collective wisdom of the group. What option would you have chosen?

They did make a choice and then immediately set to work by producing an appropriate action initiative, while everything was still fresh in their minds. That way they could feed off of the mood of the moment rather than rebuild their thoughts at another time.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What would be the best career track for me?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is my organization’s best option for enhancing performance to another level: using Option Solving?

Very recently your writer was watching a CEO contemplate how he could take his organization’s performance to another level. He had just recently been briefed on the possibilities of option solving, so saw the chance of flushing out a fresh option for mobilizing his organization to a new performance level. Hence he set to work.

And so his initial rational question turned out to be as follows: “What is our optimum requirement to increase our organization performance; considering 1) varying ages of staff, 2) cost of changes, 3) our marketplace, and 4) gaining the buy-in of our workforce?”  He thought through a range of considerations, but agreed upon this four so as not to make his task any more complex.

Now he set-about producing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive mind on thinking about his company’s most realistic set of options to take his company to another level. These bookends are vital to prevent his fertile intuitive mind from wandering and losing focus.

Particular bookends that emerged were: “Make no changes” and “Completely change every process,” both of which he felt were his company’s least likely options – see our Latest Worked Example. These would now prompt a fresh range of options.

He was therefore challenged to think about at least five realistic options, to stretch his thoughts about alternatives as much as possible. It subsequently bubbled-up into six realistic possibilities. It’s perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he produced. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option D – Develop our leadership teams at every level.”

With his “pictogram” now available, with its range of six options, he was in a position to pursue emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow this CEO to draw upon his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review his new range of options. At this point, he was also made aware of a “Peeling the Onion” possibility, so he could ferret out the best way forward. What choice would you have made as a “Peeling the Onion” possibility?

He was encouraged at this point to return to his company’s leadership team and tap into its collective wisdom, to determine his company’s the best option. We will see in a couple weeks their choice and how they will use “Peeling the Onion” to determine the best approach to their chosen option.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my organization’s best option for enhancing performance to another level?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is our optimum requirement before pursuing expansion: using Option Solving?

Sitting with a group of CEOs, the topic of readiness for expansion came up with your writer as he was introducing them to option solving; which now became the perfect decision tool to deal with this important subject. So without much further ado, we used it as a means for further educating them in the technique.

Their initial rational question fairly promptly came out as follows: “What is our optimum requirement prior to pursuing expansion; considering 1) our marketplace is growing, 2) our products/services are being well received, 3) it puts a strain on all our current resources, and 4) we need to clarify our people have the appetite for it?” They looked at a range of considerations, but they agreed upon these four so as not to make their task any more complex.

They were then ready to produce two “bookends,” which would again function as their yin and yang extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then focus their intuitive minds on thinking about their company’s most realistic set of sub-options. These bookends are vital to prevent their fertile intuitive minds from wandering in all sorts of directions and losing focus.

Bookends that were selected came out as: “Just let it happen” and “Bring in a Strong Financial Partner,” both of which the group felt were their company’s least likely options – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now they were challenged to think about at least five realistic options, to stretch their likely alternatives as much as possible, which ultimately turned into six realistic possibilities. It is perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what they did. You can view this six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option F – Have a strong strategic understanding of our marketplace.”

Once their new “pictogram” was available, with its range of six options, they were now exposed to a stint of emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow these CEOs’ intuitive minds to sub-consciously review their span of options. After a break participants reconvened and quickly arrived at a couple of conclusions, which could then be distilled to one after some group deliberation. What choice would you have made?

With their joint conclusions, they were now encouraged to return to their own leadership teams and introduce them to the exercise, as a means of getting their buy-in and educating them on the Option Solving technique. By doing so, they would enable their people to have an alternative, and potentially more powerful, means of making key leadership and business decisions. Once they made their choice from their ‘pictogram,’ they should immediately draft an action initiative, while all the issues are fresh in their minds.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my organization’s best option for enhancing performance?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)