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What is my best transition career in light of my group’s likelihood of being eliminated shortly: using Option Solving

Your editor bumped into someone facing job elimination pretty soon, as his whole group was likely to be eliminated shortly. You can imagine the individual was rather concerned about his future. So your option solving editor decided to introduce him to Option Solving as a means of giving him a short-term assist. He went ahead and outlined the technique to this unfortunate staffer, which was intriguing enough to this person that we both set to it right away.

He quickly learned that his first step was to create a rational question, which turned out to be: “What is my best transition career in light of my group’s likelihood of being eliminated shortly: considering, 1) limited number of good jobs available, 2) not a strong paying township, 3) would like to shorten my commute, and 4) current town has nice beaches?” Although there were other considerations, these were the most prominent ones which he decided to work with to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

He was then encouraged to determine two fresh yin and yang “bookends.” These would further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

His two new bookends turned out to be: “Just ride it out and hope for the best,” although his current financial commitments are tough, and “Go to bank w/proposal to start own business,” although he has no cash reserves as leverage. Both remained his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they would help kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Then he was encouraged to come-up with a minimum of five to six reasonable alternatives A-F, so as to really stretch his possibilities. He assured us he would be ready to proceed with whatever option rose to the top. But first he had to immediately set aside some time for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking- before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, while things were still fresh in his mind: consisting of What, How, Who, When, Where (to go for allies). Once that was set he would forge ahead with it and not second guess himself, since that would completely undo all the value in this OS exercise.

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 are my options to promote my forthcoming book?” 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)

Peel the Onion 2nd Time: Best career move – Sub-Option AA – Pursue a fresh career in marketing related to the aviation industry: using Option Solving

Recently we further helped a client whose son was striving to generate a fresh career direction and we decided to pursue a second round of Peeling the Onion, in order to give him more specific role alternatives related to the aviation industry looking at fresh sub-options from AA -FF. By using a Peeling the Onion exercise second round, we had to take the client’s son through the whole cycle again.

The new rational question turned out to be: “Peeling the Onion: What is my best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction: Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry; then by choosing Peeling the Onion Sub-Option AA – Pursue a marketing career in the aviation field; considering 1) need something of great immediate value in the aviation industry, 2) offer state-of-art approach, 3) show distinct product/service, and 4) needs to be something of high professional quality?” These turned out to be his son’s four third round of considerations based upon an Option B related question, despite several other possibilities, so as to still make his related decision outcome that much easier to handle.

We then set out to determine two fresh yin and yang “bookends.” These would further aid focusing his son’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic sub-sub-options AAA-FFF. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Again, these two new bookends turned out to be: “Take first option that comes along,” which would be too shaky, and “Take mktg refresher course at local college on state-of-art marketing,” where there would be a lack of time and resources. Both remained his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they would help kick-start his intuitive mind once more to produce his son’s most creative sub-sub options – see our Latest Worked Example.

Again, we went beyond the minimum of five – to six – reasonable alternatives AAA-FFF, so as to stretch his son’s range of sub-sub-options as much as possible. Now he could pick the precise career channel and put together a gameplan for that sub-sub option or potentially Peel the Onion once more: to gain even further clarity on his ultimate career track, right now. We were assured he would be ready to put a game plan together to proceed down that track.

His son would still need some further time for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking- before making his choice…again, perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

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 are my immediate career options considering that my group is likely to be disbanded within the next few months?” 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)

Peel the Onion: Best career move – Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry: using Option Solving

In our last blog, we helped a client whose son was striving to generate a fresh career direction and we worked up a potential option solving solution of six alternatives. We understand that his son chose to pursue Option B: Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry. To make the most of his son’s choice, it seemed appropriate to pursue a Peeling the Onion exercise: to gain further insight on the best track within that industry.

They thus spent new time going through another round of option solving centered on Option B. Hence we produced a new question that looked like this: “What is my best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction: Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry; considering 1) I have a successful background in the aviation industry, 2) it’s important to find an enlightened outfit, 3) that I can make an valuable contribution, and 4) I cannot relocate for the time being?” These turned out to be his son’s four subsequent considerations based upon a new question, despite several other possibilities, so as to make his related decision outcome that much easier to handle.

We then determined that his current two yin and yang “bookends” remain as outlier possibilities. These would aid focusing his son’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic options. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Again, these two bookends turned out to be: “Let it happen when it will,” although time was not on his son’s side, and “Engage a career counselor,” where the expense may be out of range: so both of which were his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they would provide his intuitive mind the challenge it needed to kick-start his most creative sub-options and eventually help draw-out his son’s most realistic sub-sub-option – see our Latest Worked Example.

Again, we went beyond the minimum of five – to six – reasonable alternatives, so as to stretch his son’s range of sub-options as much as possible. Once he has picked that channel, where he should absolutely follow his first major instincts, he can then either put together a gameplan for that sub-option or Peel the Onion once more: to gain even greater clarity on his best career track, right now. In career choice activities like this, a further Peeling the Onion may be the right solution.

But first his son had to contemplate our first Peeling the Onion effort, since he may wish to adjust it. Then he would need to set some time aside for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning.

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: “2nd Peeling the Onion: What is my best alternative for moving my career in an optimal direction- after Option B: Fresh career related to the aviation industry… (?)?” 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 best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction: using Option Solving

A client was recently talking about his son’s career woes and was wondering about the best advice he could offer him. We both agreed that it would be best for him to find his own way, although giving him decent advice on how best to find his way was worthwhile to pursue.  That’s where option solving came in handy once more, although it would need a more unusual approach. This is because his son’s career field of view was somewhat open and therefore required extra steps to discern his son’s likely optimal way forward. So we decided to take the first step on his son’s behalf, to create an interest point, and then involve his son from there.

Our first step was to clarify his general career track before deciding how best to approach that career track. Hence we produced a question that looked like this: “What is my best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction; considering I need to 1) be somewhat flexible relative to my experience, 2) find a likely enlightened leadership segment, 3) discern a career that matches my talents-expertise, and 4) cannot relocate for the time being?” These turned out to be the son’s four key considerations, despite several others, so his decision outcome will make final possibilities that much easier to handle.

We then determined two yin and yang “bookends” as outlier possibilities. These would aid focusing his son’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic options. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

After due consideration our proposed two bookends turned out to be: “Let it happen when it will,” although time was not on his son’s side, and “Engage a career counselor,” where the expense may be out of range: so both of which were his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, such bookends would provide his intuitive mind the challenge it needed to kick-start the most creative options and help draw-out his son’s most realistic one – see our Latest Worked Example.

It was then up to us to produce at least five reasonable options, so as to stretch his son’s range of options as much as possible. In fact, we came up with a sixth option after further thought, too, which you can review in our worked example. Your editor was intrigued by all the options, right off the bat, so it was going to be interesting to see which career channel his friend’s son picks.

Once he has picked that channel, where he should absolutely follow his first major instincts, he can then utilize Peeling the Onion to determine how best to pursue that career channel. It may then be necessary for him to Peel the Onion a even another layer to refine his “approach strategy”: i.e. how to open the right doors within that career channel.

But first his son had to contemplate our initial OS effort, since he may wish to adjust it. Then he would need to set some time aside for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. Even so, once he has picked that channel, he should stick with it, despite the temptation to second guess himself: second guessing your intuition is not a wise thing to do, even though that channel may have its challenges. Once he’s made his initial selection, then he can go to step 2 – Peeling the Onion – with our assist, to determine an optimum strategy for pursuing that channel.

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 best alternative for moving my career in an optimal direction- Option (?)?” 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: Celebrating an Important-Year, Family-Member Birthday – Option C: At home Party: using Option Solving

Our good friend decided to Peel the Onion with Option C – Have At Home Party – based on our last option solving exercise. With that he opted to figure out how he was going to handle that ‘At Home Party.’

Being now even more familiar with the option solving approach, he immediately got focused on the appropriate question, which was: “Peeling the Onion: What is the best way to celebrate an important life milestone birthday in New York City- Option C: At Home Party; considering 1) there will be many potential well-wishers, 2) have a limited budget, 3) after Labor Day date, and 4) restrict communication to conjour a surprise?” These turned out to be the key four key considerations, despite several others, so the outcome will make his final possibilities much easier to handle.

Again, he had to determine two yin and yang “bookends” as outlier possibilities. These would aid focusing his friend’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic options. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

After due thought his two bookends turned out to be: “Ask friends in building to help” and “Ask spouse to arrange herself”: both of which were his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, such bookends would provide the challenge his intuitive mind needed to produce the most creative options and help draw-out his friend’s most realistic one – see our Latest Worked Example.

He fairly readily produced five reasonable options, so as to stretch his range of options as much as possible. In fact, he left it open to come up with a sixth option after further thought, which you can review in our worked example. Your editor favored one particular option, right off the bat; it was: “Option- D: Get help from daughter and home help,” for pretty obvious reasons in view of the considerations.

With his Peeling the Onion pictogram now in place, he was then encouraged to set some time aside for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his  choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. He could then create an immediate action initiative while everything was still fresh in his mind.

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 best alternative for taking care of media promotional needs?” 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)

Celebrating an Important-Year, Family-Member Birthday: using Option Solving

A good friend was spending a good deal of time contemplating how he would celebrate his spouse’s forthcoming, important-year birthday: especially as his spouse had made a special effort the prior year putting together a surprise birthday for him. Living in New York City made the choices endless, although most of them would be quite pricey and he had a limited budget. Your editor explained that one of the key benefits of option solving was to work the “contemplation anxiety” out of his system, since it can arrest the wild fantasies, and more, that can spew from his intuitive mind when left unchecked. Needless to say, we plunged right into the using the technique.

Together in short order we produced the following question: “What is the best way to celebrate an important life milestone birthday in New York City; considering 1) there will be many potential well-wishers, 2) have a limited budget, 3) need to fix the right venue, and 4) restrict communication to conjour up a surprise?” These turned out to be the key four considerations, despite several others, so it will make his final possibilities easier to handle.

They then had to determine two yin and yang “bookends” as outlier possibilities. These would aid focusing his friend’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic options. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Our joint efforts created two bookends as follows: “Make it a small family affair” and “Bring your own food party”: both of which were his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, such bookends would provide the challenge his intuitive mind needed to produce creative options and help draw-out his friend’s most realistic one – see our Latest Worked Example.

Working closely together, we derived at least five reasonable options, so as to stretch his range of options as much as possible. In fact, he came up with six reasonable options to exhaust his intuitive faculties, which you can review in our example. Your editor favored one particular option, right off the bat; it was: “Option- C: At home party- buffet style,” for pretty obvious reasons in view of the considerations.

With his friend’s “pictogram” now in place, he was then encouraged to set some time aside for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his  choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. Whatever that choice, he could then decide whether to “Peel the Onion,” in order to expand the number of sub-insights on how to move forward, or create an immediate action initiative while everything was still fresh in his

mind. He chose the latter, which we will review in our next option solving edition.

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 our optimum way to celebrate an important family birthday – Option C?” 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)