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 See further below, “What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book?  At our next blog in two weeks, we will deal  with: “ Peel the Onion: What it my best option to convince publishers to back my book?”  Also, go to http://www.youtube.com and type in Option Solving and go for the 1 min 48 sec version: this will refer you to OSOLing (Option Solving On-line: a virtual way to deal with your Dilemmas)READ ABOUT THE INTERESTING, WIDE-RANGING APPLICATIONS BELOW: including the latest blog. Go to SUBSCRIBE email-to your left, if you want regular notification of blog updates.

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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

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What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book: using Option Solving?

I’m now making further headway on book content and value, so book promotion now comes even more into focus. I’ve made a start on current 200+ contact list with encouraging signs, although need to build upon that with other options. Publishers are interested in the book but they want to see a greater buyer platform.

This meant devising an appropriate option solving question, such as: “What is my best option to convince publishers to back my book; considering 1) am not a natural ‘connector’, 2) will likely need at least 5000 book commitments, 3) find optimum message, and 4) give it enough focus and priority?” I restricted myself to four key considerations that are most likely to influence my optimal decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of my decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

My next task was to create two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help my intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

These bookends turned out to be: “Let momentum build on its own”way too slow,and “Seek $100K funding to finance sales and promotion,” unlikely possibility. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then challenged myself to produce at least five realistic stretch options and left open the possibility of producing a sixth over the next 24 hours. This would occur prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own. You can note one of my options as: Option B-Pursue Crowd-source and Kickstarter to fund 5000 books- Signe contact.

Now I have produced this pictograph, I will either have to produce another option over the next 24 hours or proceed with the minimum of five. From there I will either put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in my mind, or pursue yet another ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise so as to flush out a sub-option? This may offer a more straightforward possibility.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peel the Onion: What is my best option to convince publishers to back my 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: What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating-06.05.20, THEN on 06.19.20 pursue Option C- Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means: to include further stimulus: using Option Solving?

When we surmised how the US President would choose his optimum option for a June 5th option solving session, we assumed that he chose Option C – ‘Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means; including a further stimulus package.’ So as to maximize the effect of that choice, he was advised to ‘Peel the Onion’ related to that choice, so as to discover his most effective sub-option going forward.  We therefore proceeded with that ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise to reveal his most likely sub-option for Option C.

This meant revising his initial question to: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating on 06.05.20, THEN on 06.19.20-Peel the Onion: Chose Option C – Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means, including further stimulus; considering 1) overtaken by George Floyd crisis, 2) very strong counter-narrative by mainstream media, 3) need to revitalize the economy, and 4) being undermined by various public figures?” Again we restricted ourselves to four key considerations that are most likely to influence his decision.  By holding it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then speculated again on his behalf by putting together two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help his intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our recommended new bookends turned out to be: “Let things fall where they may”electorate too volatile to ignore,and “Devote 100% time to campaign trail before November 2020,” could suffer over exposure. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they would nudge the President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

As per our previous option solving exercise, we challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options on his behalf, although we again produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace his likely proposed options with any of your own. You can foresee one of his most likely sub-options as: Option BB – Call for another immediate stimulus package for businesses and workforces.

Now we have produced this sub-option pictograph on his behalf, the President and his advisors will have the opportunity to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes. From there he and his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, or pursue yet another ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise with sub-sub-options.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What it my best option to reinforce my book publisher support platform?” 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 options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating: using Option Solving?

Like most US Presidents who face a national crisis, the current President is taking a lot of heat through not miraculously resolving the COVID Pandemic. He also faces re-election within 5 months and has to restore his image as much as possible during that time to have a decent chance of re-election. He therefore needs to consider his options for doing this, in order to make an optimal move.

By calling upon the option solving technique, it will help for him to consider the following question: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image; considering 1) overtaken by George Floyd crisis, 2) very strong counter-narrative by mainstream media, 3) need to reinvigorate the economy, and 4) key public figures are denouncing him?” We have again opted for four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then invited him to put together two yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help his intuitive mind to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

His bookends turned out to be: “Just sit and take it on the chin”negators pull down further,and “Denounce people who oppose him,” creates further enemies. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge the President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

We challenged him to produce at least five realistic options, although he promptly produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of his options as: Option C –Reinvigorate the economy by whatever means: include further stimulus.

Now he has produced this pictograph, the President and his advisors need to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes. From there he and his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, or pursue a ‘Peel the Onion’ exercise.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peel the Onion: What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating?” 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 options does the US President have for moving stalled Governors along to re-open after COVID-19 shutdown: using Option Solving?

Increasing numbers of states are opening their economies, although others are still adhering to lockdowns in their quests to pretty much eliminate the virus. There are those who argue that by retaining the lockdown they are risking the lives of so many others through suicide, lack of treatment for other illnesses, and family abuse. People are also getting stressed out through financial worries and the economy is deteriorating all the time. The US President is anxious to restore the economy, although a certain number of Governors are happy to resist this pressure for their own reasons. The question is: Will he find a way to nudge them to reopen their State economies?

His most appropriate question to move things forward appears to be: “What options does the US President have to move stalling Governors along to re-open after COVID-19 shutdown ; considering 1) could politically backfire, 2) need to find right arguments, 3) put safety first, and 4) avoid economic bankruptcy?” We have again opted for four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it reduces the complexity of his decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then put together two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help his team’s intuitive minds to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our bookends turned out to be: “Turn blind-eye toward stalling states”big risk to economic health, and “Shame stalling States over ineffectiveness,” could be political backlash. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge ours/President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Having challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options, you will see we produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of our/his team’s options as: Option B –Create a temporary testing army.

We will do our best to convey this pictograph to the President and his advisors to make a collective decision based upon their anonymous votes: if that were possible. From there his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, to implement their-his decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What options does the US President have to restore his national election image after an inadequate Pandemic rating?” 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 should be the President’s primary emphasis to restore US confidence, post re-opening the economy: using Option Solving?

As certain states have started opening their economies over the past days there will be increasing expectations for US President and his team to find ways to restore the electorate’s confidence. As that increases, so more states will either start opening up their economies while others will expand their openings. His challenge therefore is to focus on one key thing with other key factors coming to bear after that. Assuming therefore that we see this occur, let’s take a look at his key options. Your editor will therefore take the ‘bull by the horns.’

The most appropriate question appeared to be: “What should be the President’s primary emphasis to restore US confidence, post re-opening the economy; considering 1) a possible virus resurgence, 2) the economy could sink into a severe recession, 3) Presidential election in November, and 4) needs to display incisive leadership?” Again, we went with four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it reduces the complexity of our decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then put together two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help our intuitive minds to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our bookends turned out to be: “Throw dice to pick option”totally open to chance, and “Use emergency powers to re-open entire economy,” potential chaos & poor leadership. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge ours/President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Having challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options, you will see we produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of our/their options as: Option D – All out approach to find infection remedy ASAP.

We gave ourselves overnight to sleep on it. The other and even better option is to step away from this pictograph, as indicated above, and then ask the President and his advisors to make a collective decision based upon anonymous votes. From there his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, to implement their decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com – COVID-19.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What options does the US President have to move ‘stalling States’ along?” 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 the optimum approach-timing for US President to reopen the US economy: using Option Solving?

Over the past two weeks there’s been discussion and speculation about when the US economy might be re-opened after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown over the past six weeks. Without having access to all the data and the best expert advice available to him, your editor felt the need to utilize Option Solving to generate insights and possibilities. So based on the media output over recent times, your editor looked at options that might occur to the President.

It was appropriate to put the following question together: “What  is the optimum approach-timing for the US President to re-open the US economy; considering 1) a possible virus resurgence, 2) the economy sinking into a severe recession, 3) human stress creating more deaths than virus, and 4) needs to display decisive leadership?” We went with the four key considerations that are most likely to affect his decision.  By keeping it to four, it will reduce the complexity of our decision-making and recommendation when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

We then put together two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help our intuitive minds to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Our bookends turned out to be: “Sit on decision until everyone demands re-open economy”likely too late, and “Let each family/business make its own decision,” potential chaos & poor leadership. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge ours/President’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Having challenged ourselves to produce at least five realistic options, you will see we produced six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of their options as: Option A – Open up low infected areas at end of April – then Phased toward Option B.

We gave ourselves overnight to sleep on it. The other and even better option is to step away from this pictograph, as indicated above, and then ask the President and his advisors to make a collective decision based upon anonymous votes. From there his team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, to implement their decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com – COVID-19.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What should be the President’s primary emphasis to restore US confidence, post re-opening the economy?” 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 best option for holding our organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic –Peel the Onion – Option E: SBA loans to finance salaries and benefits until we can reopen: using Option Solving?

Based upon the previous option solving exercise, company leader and his team almost unanimously agreed to pursue Option E: Pursue SBA loans to finance salaries and benefits until we can reopen.  This would allow his firm to hold everyone together, pursue in-advance initiatives, and prepare for re-launching their business. It would also help sustain morale and cement team spirit. There would seem to be a number of options, although the challenge would be to figure out their best approach, get everyone on the same page, and then execute in an optimal way.

The team was encouraged to pursue an option solving exercise to consider its alternatives now that funding would be available. It therefore posed the following question to clarify its optimum next step, such as: “What is our best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic- Peel the Onion –Option E: SBA loans to finance salaries and benefits until we can reopen; considering 1) there’s minimal flow of business, 2) staff are required to stay at home, 3) financial resources are acutely short, and 4) uncertainty about when things will re-open again?” They again stuck with four key considerations to challenge everyone’s thinking about this issue, although amended #1. By keeping it to four, it will reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

They were then advised to create two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help their intuitive minds to remain focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing their fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Their bookends turned out to be: “Take each day as it comes until loan secured”minimal team focus or leadership, and “Prepare to sell the business,” difficulty in finding a buyer. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge the team’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

This challenged the team to produce at least five realistic options, although you will see they proposed six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making their choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace their proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of their options as: Option FF – Primarily focus on marketing, customer relations and revamp products/services.

They may decide to give themselves overnight to sleep on it. The other and even better option is to step away from this pictograph, as indicated above, and then make a collective decision based upon anonymous votes. From there the team can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in their minds, to implement their decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com – COVID-19.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is the optimum approach-timing for the US President to reopen the US economy?” 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 option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic: using Option Solving?

Considerable numbers of business leaders and executives are challenged on how to hold their organizations and people together during the COVID-19 pandemic. This especially applies to the smaller entrepreneurial ones. It is also where optional solving comes into its own and when making quality decisions counts the most.

You as one of those business leaders/executives need to take a moment to apply your rational mind to pose a question to your fertile and powerful intuitive mind, such as: “What is my best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic; considering 1) high % of businesses have temporarily closed down, 2) staff are required to stay at home, 3) financial resources are acutely short, and 4) uncertainty about when things will re-open again?” The consideration summary shows four key considerations to challenge everyone’s thinking about this issue. By keeping it to four, it will reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

You are then advised to create two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help their intuitive minds to remain focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can properly keep it focused.   

Your bookends could well be: “Shut down”lose opportunity to reopen, and “Sell-out for whatever can get,” difficulty in finding a buyer. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge your intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now would come your challenge to produce at least five realistic options, although you will see we proposed six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making your choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of our options as: Option E – SBA loans to finance salaries + benefits until reopen.

You may decide to give yourself overnight to sleep on it. The other and even better option is to share it with your key team and then step away from this pictograph, as indicated above, and then make a collective decision based upon anonymous votes. From there you can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in your minds, to implement your decision.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com – Subject: COVID blog.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic?” 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 our best option with our New Home snag- Option D: Purchase our own Wifi access as an interim move: using Option Solving?

With their option decision to purchase their own Wifi access as an interim step, it gave our wider family members more time to consider their next move. They therefore decided to go through the OS exercise again, using its ‘Peeling the Onion’ technique, to figure out their next best option.

So they revised their next appropriate objective question as follows: “What  is our next best option, with regard to our new mobile home, as we opted for D-Purchase Own Wifi access; considering 1) we have limited funds to make our way, 2) need access to hi-speed internet, 3) have pets, and 4) need access to utilities?” The consideration summary shows the four key considerations to challenge all our thinking about this. By doing so, it would reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives.

Once again they had to denote two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further assist their 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.   

Their bookends turned out to be: “Put US map up on wall and throw darts at it,” unlikely proposition, and “Hire consultant to research possibilities,” will take undue time and money. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they nudged our intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now along came their challenge to produce at least five realistic sub-options, AA-EE,  prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. They now reflected upon these sub-options, which included Option CC – Pinpoint thriving, progressive business areas and explore top three. They again decided to give themselves overnight to sleep on it, make a choice, and then put together an ‘action initiative’ accordingly.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my best option to keep my career ambitions on track, while winding down on current busy role?” 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)