Welcome to Option Solving (for dealing with your Decision Dilemmas) -also see latest examples below;and many more.

 See above, “Peeling the Onion: What is my best option for minimizing the potential “damage” from a senior associate’s departure?”  At our next blog in two weeks, we will deal with: “What is my best option for getting Mary onto an optimum career track?”  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Peeling the Onion: Choosing Option E from 05.04.18 – What is the most attractive way of encouraging Sheila to find a professional partner to jointly take over our practice: using Option Solving?

In our most recent blog example, where the professional practice owner was now left with considering how to minimize the potential damage from that senior associate’s departure, he decided to try figuring out ways to retain this senior associate. Once more, he turned to option solving to help make an optimum decision by means of peeling the onion.

This meant taking his overall choice of Option E and considering some subsets to further refine his conclusions. So now he turned to option solving once more and created yet another rational question, which came through as follows: “What is the most attractive way of encouraging Sheila to find a professional partner to jointly take over our practice; considering 1) is maybe determ-ined to pursue current new opportunity, 2) may be apprehensive about staying with us, 3) may not be clear about upside, and 4) may be reluctant to lure new pro to our practice?” Again, we’re using 4 primary considerations, so as not make the overall question too complex for our general sensibilities.

Again, this office leader now dared to create two more yin and yang “bookends.”   These would serve as extreme unlikely possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties toward his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s imaginative intuitive minds from losing focus away from the issue at hand.

The yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Make a hard-ball proposition” and “Offer her a low-ball price for buying the practice,” both of which were unlikely possibilities in the circumstances. However, they would again serve the purpose of inducing more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

Now they were in place, they presented the office leader with the necessary focus to produce at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of available possibilities. Once more he produced six, which aided pinpointing all reasonable possibilities. Again he turned to emotional distancing to help unearth an optimum solution. Feel free to review his potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-C: Collaborative effort to recruit and establish new future partner.”

With his “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, he now pursued some emotional distancing: which could be a couple of hours, several hours, or end at “getting-out-of-bed-time” the following morning: a great time for an epiphany, providing you don’t then second guess yourself. If you second-guess yourself, you’ve pretty much lost the whole benefit of option solving.

Emotional distancing allowed him to utilize his intuitive mind to the full in scanning his sub-conscious range of options: against so many of similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

Once he made that choice, he was advised to stick with it and then draw up an action initiative involving WHAT, HOW, WHO, WHEN and WHERE to go for allies, for advice, new ideas and encouragement.

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 option for getting Mary onto an optimum career track?” 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 minimizing the potential “damage” from a pending senior associate’s departure: using Option Solving?

Over the past two option solving blogs, your editor has shared some of the challenges of a practice owner who has struggled to come out from under the Great Recession. Last time we considered the best approach to orient a new associate. That associate would potentially replace the senior associate who was about to leave. The practice owner was now left with considering how to minimize the potential damage from that senior associate departure. Again, he turned to option solving to help make an optimum decision.

And so the office leader needed to formulate a new rational question, which turned out to be as follows: “What is my best option to minimize the potential “damage” from Sheila’s pending departure; considering 1) certain clients will follow her, 2) potential hit on office morale, 3) finding a competent replacement, 4) interim loss of revenue and momentum, and 5) with potential new practice horizons?” Now we we’re back to five primary considerations because the situation warranted it, although that many should be avoided wherever possible. Such a composite question allowed for as many dimensions doable so as not to affect a positive outcome.

Once more this office leader was now challenged to create two more yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as extreme unlikely possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus that practice leader’s intuitive faculties toward the most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from losing focus away from the issue at hand.

The yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Kick her out soonest” and “Double her salary to stay,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities in the circumstances. However, they would again serve the purposes of inducing more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

With these bookends in place, they gave the office leader the required focus to devise at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of his possib-ilities. Again he produced six, which helped pinpoint all reasonable possibilities. He then turned to emotional distancing to aid unearthing an optimum solution. Feel free to review his potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-A: Find replacement soonest – then encourage to leave promptly.”

With his “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, he now pursued some emotional distancing: which could be a couple of hours, several hours, or end at “getting-out-of-bed-time” the following morning: a great time for an epiphany. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review his full range of options against so many of similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

Once he makes that choice, he should go with it and put together an immediate action initiative while everything is still fresh in his mind. He should also not change his mind since that would override his powerful intuitive judgment. However, in this instance he decided to go for “Peeling the Onion,” so as to provide clarity for his ultimate choice.

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: “Peel the Onion: What is my best option for minimizing the “damage” from a pending senior associate’s departure?” 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 on-boarding and retaining a new associate: using Option Solving?

Two weeks ago your editor described his meeting with the leader of a local professional office. The office had done pretty well over the years, but had been through some hard times since the recent Great Recession. This had placed a cap on many things and put many normal things on hold while its team weathered the storm. Now things were beginning to turn around, it was time to rethink repositioning for the future.

Changes included the hiring of a new associate who was about to replace another associate who was moving on. And so the office leader needed to formulate a new rational question, which turned out to be as follows: “What is my best option for on-boarding and retaining a new associate; considering 1) another premature departure could be catastrophic on staff morale, 2) recruiting a new professional is a tough business, 3) lose momentum and morale yet again, and 4) an opportunity for me to recalibrate my leadership approach?” Now we were back to four primary considerations, so as not to make the decision too complex. The composite question allowed for as many dimensions as possible that could affect a positive outcome.

Again the office leader was now challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus that leader’s intuitive faculties toward the most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

The yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Let new person sink or swim” and “Use Golden Handcuffs contract for 2-3 years,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities. However, they again would serve the purposes of sparking more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

With these in place, they gave the office leader the required creative, intuitive thrust to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of possibilities. In this case six were produced, which helped pinpoint all the possibilities. They then turned to emotional distancing to help flush-out the best optimum solution. Feel free to review their potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-E: Hire two associates to work in a pair and reinforce each other.”

With their “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, they now pursued that emotional distancing: which can be a couple of hours, several hours, or end at “getting-out-of-bed-time” the following morning: a great time for an epiphany. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review their full range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my best option for minimizing the “damage” from a senior associate’s departure?” 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)

Time for a team member’s retirement: using Option Solving?

Only the other week your editor was in conversation with the leader of a professional office. The office had done pretty well over the years, but had been through some hard times since the recent Great Recession. This had placed a cap on many things and put many normal things on hold while its team weathered the storm. Now things were beginning to turn around, it was time to rethink repositioning for the future.

This included the potential retirement of one of the office staff, George, who was well past retirement but was hanging in there because he had nowhere else to go. Even so, he was shunning all the upgrades to the office systems and was unwittingly undermining staff goodwill as he wanted time to stand still. This leader was really struggling with this issue, since this person was on their team for so long. There were clearly issues at home pushing George to stay working.

Your editor familiarized the office leader with the OS technique, which brought a positive response. Together they produced a thoughtful, rational question that looked something like this: “What is the most appropriate way to encourage George to retire; considering 1) the business world has passed him by, 2) he is reluctant to call it quits, 3) potential morale issues if mishandled, 4) want to attract younger professionals to office, and 5) it creates an opportunity for a fresh approach?”  Your editor usually encourages up to four primary considerations, so as not to make the decision too complex. However, and additional one was appropriate, in order to fit at least one hopeful item in. The composite question allowed for as many dimensions as possible that could affect a positive outcome.

The two of them were now challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus their intuitive faculties toward the most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Just push him out the door” and “Offer him a 1 year severance package,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities. However, they would serve the purposes of sparking more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

With these in place, they now had that creative, intuitive thrust to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of possibilities. You will see where they produced a possible sixth option. They then turned to emotional distancing to help flush-out the best optimum solution. Feel free to review their potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-E: Delegate to Office Mgr to negotiate suitable retirement point.”

With their “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, they now pursued some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my best option for on-boarding and retaining a new associate?” 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)

Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied – What option would you choose to address this: using Option Solving?

A recent client discussion revealed that he and his people were preoccupied with making new business inroads with existing and prospective customers. However, they were finding that these groupings were preoccupied, too, which made it tough to talk with them and progress his company’s growth strategy. Your writer then introduced him to option solving as a way of coming-up with a successful approach to this issue.

Once the client was comfortable with the OS technique, he dived into producing a rational question that would spark his intuitive mind to come-up with some worthy options. His question turned out to be: “Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied: What option would you choose to address this; considering 1) economy gearing up after slow improvement, 2) major tax overhaul now complete, 3) executives cranking-up for re-newed commercial environment, and 4) pre-occupied with turn-around activities and uncertainty about if it’s for real?”  These four primary considerations provide ample perspective for his intuitive talent regarding the overall question. Even though there were others, he restricted it to the most important ones so as not to overly complicate his team’s ultimate decision.

He was now challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as his company’s extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his and his team’s intuitive faculties toward their most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Go with the flow” and “Do something totally wild to catch media attention,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities: so they would only serve the purpose of sparking more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example.

With these in place, he was advised to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch his number of possibilities. You will see where he produced six likely, realistic options. He then turned to emotional distancing to dwell upon the best optimum solution. Feel free to review his potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-C: Offer to assist with their Spring Madness.”

With his “pictogram” potentially ready for further thought by his team, they would all pursue some emotional distancing at that moment in time. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you choose?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Time for a team member’s retirement?” 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 America’s best option for reducing mass or school shootings: using Option Solving?

We’ve been hearing a lot of soul searching after a recent mass school shooting in Florida. It is causing great heartache all-around to see such a tragedy. But there also seems to be plenty of blame all-around, including the proliferation of guns, the FBI falling short, Social Services not taking action, and incompetence at the local Sherriff’s department.

It seemed appropriate to use option solving as a possible approach for pinpointing an optimum option at this moment in time. In any event, if we could get the finest minds and wisdom around the table, we have drafted an initial question that they might consider: “What is America’s best option for reducing mass/school shootings; considering 1) wide-spread availability of powerful weapons, 2) powerful gun lobbies and NRA, 3) constitutional protections, 4) irresponsible gun sellers, and 5) inadequate social service/police/FBI professionalism?”  These five primary considerations provide perspective to the overall question. Even though there were others, we restricted it to the most important ones so as not to overly complicate the wise-people’s decision task.

Such experts would be challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as their extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus their intuitive faculties toward their most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Leave things as they are” and “Confiscate all guns and close gun stores,” both of which seemed the least likely possibilities: so they would challenge them to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now our national wise-owls would set-about developing at least five realistic options, so as to stretch their overall possibilities. You will see where they would likely produce six realistic options but then turn to emotional distancing to surface the most optimum solution. Feel free to review their potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-B: Confidential Safe-guidance Places for parents with at-risk children.”

With their “pictogram” potentially ready for further thought, they would now pursue some emotional distancing at that moment in time. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you choose?

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied: What option would you choose to address?” 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)