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 See further below:“What is best option for securing a specific client’s continued business? At our next blog in two weeks, we will deal  with: “Peel the Onion: What is best option for securing a specific client’s continued business?”  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.Read the book, Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options. And visit the author’s main website at www.ileadershipsolutions.com

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

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What is optimum option for friend to secure a specific client’s continued business: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Over dinner the other evening with a friend, your editor discovered that he was contemplating how to encourage continued business activities with a long established client. After some initial exchanges about his friend’s different alternatives, it seemed appropriate to introduce him to option solving as a way of resolving his dilemma.

This ultimately led his friend into posing the following question: “What is the optimum option for friend to secure a specific client’s continued business; considering 1)  they have enjoyed long relationship, 2) some key personalities have changed, 3) he prefers to orchestrate more from a distance, and 4) there are many constructive initiatives to pursue?” Again, it’s appropriate for the friend to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

His friend now had to figure-out possible yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The bookends he decided to consider are: “Play it by ear”Could lose out to others;and “Offer a pro-bono package of activities” Could undermine his credibility. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged his intuitive thinking into high gear again and to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

His friend then posed six realistic sub-options – A thru F – and was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. He can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was especially intrigued by – Option F: Suggest client invite key leader on team to become in-house facilitator resource. He subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He’s strongly advised to stick with whatever option his overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 best option for securing a specific client’s continued business?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

Peel the Onion: What is my latest optimum book publishing strategy in view of recent editorial advice – Option B – Consider hybrid publishing- plus new Lit Agent + Dev Editor + Funding; by way ofusing Option Solving (OS)?

Your editor decided to pursue Option B – Consider hybrid publishing- plus new Lit Agent + Dev Editor + Funding – on this latest round of option solving as a potential way-forward strategy. This led directly into asking the appropriate question: Peel the Onion: What is my latest optimum book publishing strategy in view of recent editorial advice – Option B – Pursue hybrid publishing- plus new Lit Agent + Dev Editor + Funding; where considering 1) there is hybrid publishing alternative, 2) dealing with unorthodox book, 3) means additional editing & printing costs, and 4) likely have greater control over content?” Again, it’s appropriate for your editor to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He now had to figure-out possible yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The bookends he decided upon are: “Drop project altogether”Let too many people down;and “Turn all materials over to a third party for publication” Could be a difficult proposition. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged his intuitive thinking into high gear again and consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He then put together six realistic sub-options – AA thru FF – and was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. He can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was especially intrigued by – Option AA: Prepare immediate proposal for initial 2 months funding support.  He subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He’s strongly advised to stick with whatever option my overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 is best option for securing a specific client’s continued business?” ) Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is my latest optimum book publishing strategy in view of recent editorial advice; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

After continuing to explore further book publishing options and associated activities, your editor is now positioned to consider other possibilities prior to moving forward. This includes hybrid publishing not previously known to him. As these possibilities come into view, it now remains to review the latest options and decide the best way forward.

The most appropriate question at this moment in time appears to be: “What is my latest optimum book publishing strategy in view of recent editorial advice; considering 1) there are other publishing alternatives, 2) dealing with unorthodox book, 3) means additional editing costs, and 4) possibility for greater control over content?” Again, it’s appropriate for me to focus on just these four (normally recommend you stick with just four) considerations to reduce complexity in my eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

I now had to figure-out possible yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep my intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The bookends I decided upon are: “Clear the decks and start again”Bring unnecessary risks;and “Put self completely in the hands of latest development editor” Expensive and likely unwise. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged my intuitive thinking into high gear again and consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

I then put together six realistic options – A thru F – and was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. I can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace my proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, I was especially intrigued by – Option D: Seek clarity on contract duration with Dev Editor – control very closely. I subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. I’m strongly advised to stick with whatever option my overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 latest optimum book publishing strategy in view of recent editorial advice?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is my friend’s best option for remaining whole with his partner; by way ofusing Option Solving (OS)?

A close friend shared how he had experienced a pretty rough period with his partner, after a number of years in a fairly happy relationship. His partner had been pretty angry at how he handled a family situation, somewhat unfairly in his opinion, and so was left wondering about the future of their relationship. He and your editor agreed it was a good moment to utilize option solving to figure his friend’s optimum approach in the circumstance.

His friend decided to pose an appropriate question: “What is my friend’s best option for remaining whole with his partner; considering 1) have hung together over many years, 2) enjoyed many times together, 3) current tensions over dealing with kids, and 4) regular financial issues?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four (normally recommend you stick with just four) considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He now had to figure-out possible yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The bookends he decided upon were: “Just ride it out to let things blow over”May leave things too much to chance;and “Take time away on a fabulous vacation” Stretch budget and start a negative financial trend that won’t help. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged his friend’s intuitive thinking into high gear again and consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He then put together six realistic options – A thru F. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. He can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was especially intrigued by – Option D: Show special interest in partner’s activities. He subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly advised to stick with whatever option his overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 is my sister’s best way forward in her semi-retired life?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What was the most likely source of my severe sickness; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Your author’s recent interaction with a close family member revealed how she had been pretty sick and was puzzled by what had caused it. So your author suggested that she use option solving as a means of identifying the most likely source of her infection.

She was encouraged to pose an appropriate question: “What was the most likely source of my severe sickness; considering 1) I’ve been pretty fit and healthy, 2) I’m fairly careful in what I eat, 3) To my knowledge, was not exposed to sick people, 4) I live in clean, healthy home-environment, and 5) Boy friend didn’t get sick?” Again, it’s appropriate for her to focus on just these five (normally recommend you stick with just four) considerations to reduce complexity in her eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She now had to decide upon her yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

These bookends turned out to be: “Walked into a known unhealthy place”Not to my knowledge and unlikely for me;and “Knowingly ate some rotten food” Out of character for me. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged this family member’s intuitive thinking into high gear again and consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She then came up with six realistic options – A thru F. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. She can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace her proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, she was initially particularly intrigued by – Option C: From Local Swimming Pool – swallowed contaminated water or caught a bug from other attendees? She subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option her overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 is friends best option for remaining whole with partner”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“Peeling the Onion: What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship – she chose Option E: Build support around latest book title idea; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?”

Our recent author story shared how she was experiencing difficulties with a new book advisor relationship. She wanted to figure out a different way forward in that relationship, so felt persuaded to utilize option solving to help her do this. From that exercise, she came up with six options and chose Option E: Build support around latest book title idea.

Now she was encouraged to pose an appropriate sub-option question as follows: Peeling the Onion: What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship – chose Option E: Build support around latest title idea; considering 1) advisor is not open to listening, 2) her suggestions don’t resonate with author, 3) she supposedly has many attractive contacts, and 4) author’s spouse found book-advisor?” Again, it’s appropriate for her to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in her eventual decision; when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She now had to review her earlier yin and yang “bookends” and refresh them,as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

These sub-versions turned out to be: “Not bother with advisor further”Impact on spouse;and “Roll over and tolerate her” Tough to stomach. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge this author’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She then produced with six realistic sub-options – AA thru FF. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. She can then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace her proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, this author was initially particularly intrigued by – Option EE: Submit alternative articles to her advisor’s suggestions. The author subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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: Detecting Most Likely Source of Sickness?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Your editor was talking with an aspiring author recently, who was experiencing difficulties with a new book advisor relationship. She wanted to figure out a different way forward in that relationship, so felt persuaded to utilize option solving to do this.

She was encouraged  to pose an appropriate question as follows: “What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship; considering 1) advisor is a bulldozer type, 2) she’s not particularly open to listening, 3) she supposedly has many attractive contacts, and 4) she may drive author to consider fresh ‘out-of-box’ options?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She was then steered toward defining applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

These turned out to be: “Not bother with advisor further”Beggars cannot always be choosers;and “Just be totally submissive” Out of character for author. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge this author’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. She will then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace her proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, this author was initially particularly intrigued by – Option D: Build support around latest book title idea. The author subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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: “Peeling the Onion: What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is your optimum option to re-prime a customer relationship: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

At a recent lunch a long time business friend wanted to discuss how he could re-prime a long standing customer relationship. The recent pandemic coupled with the recent Ukraine crisis had brought some short-term financial constraints and therefore put his supplier relationship on hold.  He was particularly concerned because he felt there were a number of insightful, helpful things that could be done to aid their ongoing relationship. Your editor therefore encouraged an option solving approach to figure-out an optimum solution.

Your editor prompted to pose a question as follows: “What is your optimum option to re-prime a customer relationship; considering you 1) have had a long, solid record of success, 2) have a good rapport with key executive, 3) customer has short-term financial issues, and 4) have several insightful ideas to aid its ongoing success?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

His friend then decided to invoke fresh applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

These turned out to be: “Not bother to pursue”Could be to client’s potential detriment;and “Offer pro-bono products to help” Potentially undermine long-term credibility. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his friend’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, his friend was initially particularly intrigued by – Option F: Have other insightful ideas to constructively collaborate. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be.

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 optimum option to re-prime customer relationship?”  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’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey – Option B- Sharpen the reasons for people to access it: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

After contemplating the six options that could enable your editor to leverage his powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey; he decided that Option B, Sharpen the reasons for people to access it, was his optimum initial choice. He then decided to Peel the Onion and see what sub-options that would reveal; in terms of key reasons for people to access the survey.

With this in mind, it prompted him to create a fresh appropriate question as follows: “Peel the Onion: What’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey: Option B – Sharpen the reasons for people to access it; considering 1) it is remarkably accurate, 2) it can be an effective marketing tool, 3) it’s quick and convenient to access online, and 4) it can spur new client relationships?Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He then decided to invoke fresh applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate mental distractions. 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

These turned out to be: “Not important to know”Likely insecure and/or unambitious person;and “Already done something similar” Try for pro-bono “taster” for person compare. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic sub-options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic sub-options – AA thru FF. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was likely initially particularly intrigued by – Sub-Option AA: Can sharpen understanding of personal attributes. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be.

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 is optimum option to re-prime client relationship?”  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)