What is my best option for approaching my son about getting his career back on track: using Option Solving?

Having thought through the different options that could help my friend’s son get his career back on track, he first came up with a sixth option (F) for prior exercise. This was – ‘List practical career options: choose top three – research until decision made.’ My friend then proceeded to pursue another option solving exercise to figure how he could best approach his son to start the ball rolling.

My friend then started this new round of option solving by asking another appropriate question, which was: “What is my best option for approaching my son about getting his career back on track; considering 1) he’s been through a traumatic experience, 2) he’s very capable at certain things, 3) his work experience is rather limited, and 4) he’s not readily open to advice?” For obvious reasons, the question was similar to the prior one, although with a different intent. There were other considerations to these four, although he reckoned these to be the most pertinent ones. So he decided to continue with them to keep his ultimate approach relatively simple.

Again he went ahead and produced two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his son’s 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.   

Those bookends turned out to be: “Leave it in abeyance,” will possibly allow him to drift, and “Find a way to confront him,” would likely backfire. We italicized why they were his least likely options. Even so, they got my friend’s intuitive mind working and he produced six realistic options (A-F) – see our Latest Worked Example.

He was now ready to pursue emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning. He ultimately decided to pursue Option C – Take him out to lunch and approach him about his options. Suddenly he realized he needed to decide how best to broach the subject over lunch, so now ‘Peeling the Onion’ was required.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is a friend’s optimum option for approaching his son about getting his career back on track- Option C: Take him out to lunch…How do I broach the subject at that lunch?” 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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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 is the optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back on track: using Option Solving?

Quite by chance the other day, your editor was chatting with a friend about that friend’s clear travails with his son’s current career track. His son was not quite thirty years old, had been heading toward a master’s degree at college when a personal tragedy struck and knocked him right off track. Before that he’d had few career experiences other than during college breaks. It was now important to restore his career confidence and get him into a fulfilling, remunerated position.

Your editor introduced his friend to option solving as a means of flushing out a potential optimum option. Consequently, got his friend to produce an appropriate question, such as: “What is my optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back on track; considering 1) he’s been through a traumatic experience, 2) he’s very capable at certain things, 3) his work experience is rather limited, and 4) he’s not readily open to advice?” Despite there being other considerations, these four were again were likely the most important ones. So he decided to continue with them to keep his ultimate approach relatively simple.

Now he produced two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

His bookends turned out to be: “Let sleeping dogs lie,” with possible unintended consequences, and “Impose a top-notch counselor to handle,” the expense may be fairly hefty and his son’s willingness will be suspect. So, both constituted his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they served the purpose of kick-starting his intuitive mind to come-up with some realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

It was now appropriate for him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable options A-F, so as to fully explore the most likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open again to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or create another option solving pictograph related to the best way to approach his son about choosing his optimum career option.

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 a friend’s optimum option for approaching his son about getting his career back on 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)

Further Peel the Onion – What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book: Option D – 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign- Sub-Option FF- Promote through LinkedIn Following + Own Expanded Contact List: using Option Solving?

With your editor’s inclusion of an additional Option FF into his Peeling the Onion activity, it turned out to be his optimum sub-option going forward – Preliminary book promotion through LinkedIn following (almost 500) on a happenstance and focused basis: plus pursue and expand his current Web Our-Thoughts following.   This now positioned him to search for likely sub-sub Options, as a way of uncovering the most favorable strategy going forward. So we now repeat the option solving cycle once more.

Moving forward with Option FF, raises a another fresh rational question: “What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book, now superseded with Peeling the Onion – Option D: Pursue a 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotion Campaign & Sub-Option FF- 6 phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign; considering 1) it promotes a Radical, Breakthrough book on Leadership, 2) it will rely on a lot of word of mouth activity initially, 3) it will need more promotional funds over time, and 4) it needs a strong element of luck and timing?” Although there are always other considerations, these four were again perceived as the most important ones. So he decided to continue working with them to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

From there he stuck with the two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

These two most likely bookends turned out to be: “Delegate promotional plan to family member,” not sure if will be interested, and “Invite professional to run campaign,” there’s a slim budget and there are likely to be collaboration challenges. So, both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to further kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some additional realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable sub-sub options AAA-FFF, so as to fully explore likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open again to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for a further ‘Peeling the Onion’ exercise to eke out even more in-depth insights – sub-sub-sub options – toward this knotty issue. He chose to pursue the former.

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 the optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back on 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)

Peel the Onion – What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book: Option D – 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign: using Option Solving?

Now that your editor has had time to include a sixth option into this recent version of Option Solving, he is now using the Peeling the Onion technique to dig further into possibilities. This means repeating the option solving cycle once again through ‘Peeling the Onion.’ With that in mind, he opted for Option D, since it largely incorporates the other options in some form or another.

Moving forward with Option D, raises a fresh rational question: ““What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book, now superseded with Peeling the Onion – Option D: Pursue a 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotion Campaign; considering 1) it promotes a Radical, Breakthrough book on Leadership, 2) it will rely on a lot of word of mouth activity initially, 3) it will need more promotional funds over time, and 4) it needs a strong element of luck and timing?” Although there are always other considerations, these four were the most important ones which he decided to work with to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

From there he established two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

The two most likely bookends turned out to be: “Delegate promotional plan to family member,” not sure if will be interested, and “Invite professional to run campaign,” there’s a slim budget and there are likely to be collaboration challenges. So, both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to help kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some other realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable sub-options AA-FF, so as to fully explore likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for a further ‘Peeling the Onion’ exercise to eke out even more in-depth insights – sub-sub options – toward this knotty issue. He chose to do the latter.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book and its initial Option D?” 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 promoting my forthcoming book: using Option Solving

Sometimes it comes around to your editor having his own decision dilemmas; including how best to promote his forthcoming book, likely in Spring 2020. Since he’s a real pro with option solving, it’s his turn to utilize the technique to hopefully generate some insights on this tough promotional challenge.

His first step was to create a rational question, which turned out to be: “What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book; considering 1) it’s a highly competitive marketplace, 2) it offers a unique topic/perspective, 3) it needs a multi-pronged approach, and 4) it needs an element of luck and timing?” Although there were clearly other considerations, these were the most important ones which he decided to work with to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

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

His two most valid bookends turned out to be: “Put the word out and hope for the best,” which is likely to fizzle out, and “Find a strong financial backer,” where there’s a very slim chance. Both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to help kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable alternatives A-F, so as to really stretch his likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking- before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for ‘Peeling the Onion’ as a way of  digging out more in-depth insights to a knotty issue. He chose to do the latter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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