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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

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What’s a colleague’s best option for keeping client further involved: using Option Solving?

A colleague was concerned about keeping a long on-off client relationship going. There were recent discussions that started the ball rolling again, although now the client became hesitant as his work commitments started piling up once more. My colleague decided to use option solving to help him think through the most likely way to keep things going.  

His related starter-question turned out to be as follows: “What is my colleague’s best option for keeping a client involved; considering 1) client has many priorities to juggle, 2) his leader may wish him to limit outside involvement, 3) he may feel contact has added insufficient value to date, and 4) he may expect certain key value going forward?Again, my colleague was encouraged to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

He was then encouraged to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive mind 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The two bookends that immediately came to his mind were: “Just let matters take their course”could drift away;and “Offer a completely out-of-box proposal” create a potential conflict. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which help to avoid shutting his other more realistic options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then vital for him to come up with at least five new realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. He was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. While they were all quite pertinent, he was now particularly drawn to – Option B: Lay out a clear journey of leadership development using EL phase model. Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for building an ongoing positive relationship. He can then always consider his other possibilities at a later date.  

Assuming he decides to stick with this new option, after some due emotional distancing; he can then proceed to putting an appropriate action initiative together – WHAT, HOW, WHO, WHEN & WHERE.

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 the best way to handle an invitation to join an international OD organization?” 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 option for building a positive relationship with XYZ organization- “Peel Onion Prior version Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible” –- “Further Peel Onion – Prior version Option CC: Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals: using Option Solving?

Having guided this editor’s friend thus far on this critical relationship journey, she now had to jump into an unfamiliar committee scenario to make her mark and thereby continue building a multi-level connection. She decided to Peel the Onion further to consider her best option for doing this. So now it came down to her next level question based upon choosing option CC: Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals  

The friend was now required to derive a new question related to Option CC, which turned out to be as follows: “What is our optimum option for building a positive relationship  with XYZ  organization– “Peel Onion Prior version Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible” – “Further Peel Onion –  Prior version Option CC:  Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals: considering it will 1) ensure on right track, 2) encourage me to do my homework , 3) ensure good sponsor  relations, and 4) learn nuances of participation?Again, editor’s friend was encouraged to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

She was then encouraged to develop two more new appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her intuitive mind 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The two bookends that came to her mind were: “Dive right in”may tread on the wrong foot;and “Double-check before doing anything” likely to create impression of lacking confidence. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely sub-sub-options, which help to avoid shutting her other more realistic sub-sub-options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then vital for her to come up with at least five new realistic sub-sub-options, although she ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. She was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed sub-sub-options with any of your own. While they were all quite pertinent, she was now drawn to – Option EEE: Write-up and make telephone briefing to “K”. Itseemed to show the most immediate promise for building an ongoing positive relationship. She can then consider picking off any of the other possibilities.  

Assuming she decides to stick with this new sub-sub-option, after some due emotional distancing; she can then even proceed to a further level of “Peeling the Onion,” to clarify other possibilities, although she should also consider putting an appropriate action initiative together.

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’s a colleague’s best option for keeping client further involved?” 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 option for building a positive relationship with XYZ organization- “Peel Onion – Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible”: using Option Solving?

Editor’s friend had a pretty positive conversation with her Executive Director contact of a well known public association by pursuing Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible. The Executive Director suggested that she join a couple of newly formed leadership committees, in light of the friend’s leadership interest and expertise.  

Friend now needed to derive a new question related to Option F, which turned out to be as follows: “What is our optimum option for building a positive relationship  with XYZ  organization – “Peel Onion Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible” – considering 1) phone-call has set more positive path, 2) suggested participate in two CORE leadership committees, 3) requires online –not in-person – committee  activities, and 4) fitting in with library professionals?Again, editor’s friend was encouraged to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

She was then encouraged to develop two fresh appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her intuitive mind 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The two bookends that came to her mind were: “Minimal participation”not engender positive relations;and “Take an assertive-expert role within committees” likely to irritate other participants. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely sub-options, which help to shut her other sub-options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then be vital for her to come up with at least five realistic sub-options, although she ultimately come up with six within a decent amount of time. She was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed sub-options with any of your own. While they all resonated to some extent, she was now drawn to – Option DD: Look to make a key contribution early on that mightshow the most immediate promise for building a positive relationship. She can then consider picking off any of the other possibilities.  

Assuming she decides to stick with this new sub-option, after some due emotional distancing; she can then proceed to a further level of “Peeling the Onion” to clarify how she should go about doing so.

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: “Further Peeling the Onion: Option DD- Look to make a key contribution early on?” 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 option for building a positive relationship with XYZ organization: using Option Solving?

Faced with a crucial phone conversation with the Executive Director of a well known public association, a friend of this editor was inviting input on her optimum option in light of an imminent phone call. It was natural to encourage her to use Option Solving to clarify her best approach to the situation.

Her best question attempt turned out to be: “What is our optimum option for building a positive relationship  with XYZ  organization; considering 1) first time contact by phone, 2) may be a lack of trust from communications so far, 3) sensitive cultural challenges right now, and 4) could be a very helpful relationship if done right?” She was encouraged to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

She was then encouraged to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep any panel’s intuitive minds 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The two bookends that came to mind were: “Be quite direct in response”could torpedo relationship;and “Lay out principles for a working relationship” could backfire relative to sensitivities. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which help to shut such options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It would then be vital for her to come up with at least five realistic options, although she may ultimately come up with six within a decent amount of time. She could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed options with any of your own. While they all resonated to some extent, she was initially drawn to: Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible: might show the most immediate promise for building a positive relationship. Then consideration should be given to picking off any of the other possibilities.  

If she decides to stick with that initial thought, after some due emotional distancing; she can then put together an action initiative to help build the relationship onward. Pursuit of Peeling the Onion will then be the next natural step – see below.

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 our optimum option for building a positive relationship with XYZ organization?” 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 optimal priority for rebuilding US national unity: using Option Solving?

In a post-national 2020 election scenario, there is tremendous national uneasiness within the US about the way forward. Given the right circumstances, it would be useful to gather an appropriate bi-partisan panel together to consider the country’s options for rebuilding national unity. Your editor decided to have a stab at what those potential options might be. This meant starting out with a helpful question.

A likely question turned out to be: “What should be the optimal priority for rebuilding US national unity; considering 1) current deep societal divisions, 2) lack of faith in democratic institutions, 3) country wealth and culture in decline, and 4) tap into desire for constructive and insightful change?” It was proposed to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any panel’s eventual decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Your editor needed to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep any panel’s intuitive minds 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

The two bookends that came to mind were: “Let current divide continue as is”potential civil strife;and “Divide US into proportional domains: A-A, Asian, Caucasian, Indigenous, Latino” too much societal upheaval. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which help to shut such options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now nudge a panel’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It would then be vital for this panel to come up with at least five realistic options, although it may ultimately come up with six within a decent amount of time. It could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace this editor’s proposed options with any of your own. While all of these should be considered in some form or another going forward, this editor felt that: Option A: Bi-partisan election integrity commi-ssion: for both Federal and State: might show the most immediate promise in terms of reducing tensions. Then consideration should be given to picking off the other possibilities  

If the panel were to agree, they would then immediately set about formulating and setting out a timetable for this commission to be put together. Fresh groups of bi-partisan representatives would be put together to consider prioritizing and producing optimal approaches for the other suggested unity initiatives.

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 optimum option for building a positive relationship with a crucial contact?” 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 optimum option for securing a senior level enlightened leadership (EL) collaborator through a key contact: using Option Solving?

A recent chance contact with the principal of a high impact business association created a potential opportunity for a friend to be introduced to a high-level potential EL collaborator. The likely introducer was forbidden to make any direct approaches within her venture, even though that person appeared rather interested in the issue of “leadership.” It was therefore necessary for this friend to consider other options to potentially leverage a hopeful opportunity.

The friend’s question turned out to be: “What is optimum option for securing senior level enlightened leadership  (EL) collaborator through President contact;considering there’s 1) some initial interest with President contact, 2) leadership is mutual bonding topic, 3) high stake political sensitivities could be involved, and 4) success could progress the EL cause?” You will notice that this friend should hold himself to four considerations, to reduce the complexity of his eventual decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Now he had to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive mind 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

Two bookends came to mind as: “Give up altogether”potential lost opportunity;and “Write directly to board members for their support” likely to backfire. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important this friend to come up with at least five realistic options, although he may ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. He could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of his possible options as: Option B: Write directly to board members for their support.

In fact, he came back to these alternatives within an hour or so, after pursuing other important matters, and did make the choice of Option F. From there, he was then able to put together an action initiative, while things were still fresh. He felt this would meet his requirement in an optimal way.

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 should be the optimal priority for rebuilding US national unity?” 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 will be your optimum New Year strategic priority: using Option Solving?

This is a question that many ventures may have been asking over the past month and your editor was no different. He had many possibilities, although eventually – with his current focus on trying to have a book published – he narrowed it down through an appropriate, rational Option Solving question.

That question turned out to be: “What will be your optimum New Year strategic priority; considering 1) vaccine to offset Covid, 2) will be turnaround year, 3) most people taking fresh approaches, and 4) make up for lost ground wherever possible?” You will notice your editor held himself to four considerations, to reduce the complexity of his eventual decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Now he had to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive mind 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

Two bookends came to mind as: “Just ride with the flow of events”will leave too much to chance,and “Make a big splash wherever possible” will have resource limitations. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important for him to come up with at least five realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. He could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of his possible options as: Option C: Continue creating following through journal and newsletter blogs.

In fact, he came back to these alternatives within an hour or so, after pursuing other important matters, and did make the choice of Option F. From there, he was then able to put together an action initiative, while things were still fresh. He felt this would continue to build support in the fastest way.

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 the optimum option to present a successful article for XYZ’s journal?” 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 optimum approach toward personal safety and health in our COVID world – Option A: Encourage wearing masks to reduce virus impact: using Option Solving?

Our last example set the stage for encouraging people within your organization to wear masks for Covid safety reasons. This could either be done either at your venture’s key leader level or for any teams within your organization. By opting to work with your key leader team, it chose Option A: Encourage wearing masks to reduce virus impact. This then created the challenge for your key leader team to figure out the best mode for getting everyone in your organization on board: hence their return to an option solving question to set them off on an optimum track.

Your key leader team’s rational question turned out to be: “Peel the Onion: What is our optimum approach toward personal safety and health in our COVID world – Option A: Encourage wearing masks to reduce virus impact; considering 1) causes claustrophobic feelings in some people, 2) some are embarrassed to wear one, 3) others doubt the science, and 4) yet others are immature about a team requirement?” You will see it held itself to four considerations, to reduce the complexity of the team’s decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Now your leader team developed two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep their intuitive minds 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

Two bookends came to mind as: “Allow team members to do their own thing”will create unnecessary tensions,and “Pursue a mandatory approach” will dramatize any immature behaviors. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will now nudge your key leader team’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important to come up with at least five realistic options, although your leader team ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. The team could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making its choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace their proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of their possible options as: Option FF: Record # of organization days without Covid infection by wearing “named” company/team masks.

In fact, your key leader team members came back to these within an hour or so, after discussing other important matters, and did make the choice of Option FF. From there, they were then able to put together an action initiative, while things were still fresh. They felt that by producing company/ team named masks everyone would feel a sense of team-belonging within the organization.

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 will be your optimum New Year strategic priority?” 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 approach toward personal safety and health in our COVID world: using Option Solving?

Most organizations are faced with staff health and safety issues due to our current pandemic. One of their biggest challenges is getting everyone on board with a unified approach, so as not to unkow-ingly spread the virus and impact colleague well-being. Unfortunately there are a great deal of misconceptions and conflicting views on how to address the issue: so, wherever possible, a collective view will help all around. It therefore only remained to produce a band of options for your team to review and reach a concerted approach.   

Your editor then set out a proposed rational question to help get a team discussion going: “What is our optimum approach toward personal safety and health in our COVID world; considering our 1)???, 2)???, 3)???, and 4)???” Your editor didn’t insert any considerations as each organization and team would have its own unique considerations. It should still hold itself to four, to reduce the complexity of its decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Now your editor had to derive two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep any team’s intuitive minds 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 keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

Two bookends came to your editor’s mind as: “Let the Pandemic play out naturally”could be lots of unintended casualties,and “Pursue a total lockdown” many unforeseen casualties and economic consequences? You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will now nudge any team’s intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important to come up with at least five realistic options, although your editor ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. Any team could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making their choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace their proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of their possible options as: Option A: Encourage wearing masks to reduce virus impact.

In fact, your team members can come back to these within an hour or so, after discussing other important matters, and then make a choice. From there, they can put together an action initiative, while things are still fresh. It would also be possible to pursue Peel the Onion for even further clarity on the way forward. In the event they chose the latter, so we will pursue Peel the Onion the next time around.

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 our optimum approach toward personal safety and health in our COVID world?” 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)