Making the most of an initial meeting: by means of Option Solving!

Faced with an initial meeting that could be delicate as well as full of possibilities, is something worth thinking about. Option Solving is a great way to prepare for such a meeting in the realization that, ‘You only get one shot at it.’ No second chances: it’s now or never.

So, perhaps, a good starting point is posing the question, “What is the best outcome to aim for in my meeting with Jack B, considering…” Now we have moved forward with the option solving technique, which requires you to form the right question at the outset. As we see above, it starts with the key point, but then goes on to flush out the considerations, such as: “…that he probably sees me as a competitor, he feels he is already covering areas I offer, he feels confident in his own shoes, and he has already filled his product schedule?

Now you have started your intuitive powers going, as they want to answer this thought provoking question. But those powers can answer your question even more by giving them an even better framework formed by two ‘bookends’, the Ying and the Yang of all the possibilities; and, by their very nature, the most extreme of all the possibilities. In my case, it worked out to be: “Allow him to continue keeping his distance,” or at the other end, “Develop a close working partnership.”

 

With these, your intuitive mind can now start creatively racing away to flush out all the other possibilities, such as: “Consider talking to his team about some alternative products”… see Latest Example for three out of the seven I cooked up. I naturally won’t share my outcome choice because you are not standing in my shoes and cannot possibly feel my full circumstances. Therefore, you would be likely to draw a different conclusion. However, you should now be prepared to follow the same approach to get the most out of your next important meeting: buying the book would be helpful, too. 

Please refer to the Latest Example to view the overall picture of a potential solution. If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area. 

Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Using Option Solving to decide on ‘Best option to deal with a company hornet’s nest?’”  You’re your COMMENTS or go to peter @ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)

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Eliminating Our National Budget Deficit:by means of Option Solving!

Just imagine if we could possibly get both sides together in Washington to have an objective and mature discussion about “Eliminating the National Budget Deficit.” As an admittedly heavily biased person toward the use of Option Solving, it seems that I increasingly hear more and more references to Washington looking at its options on different issues. Whether that’s because my attention has been extra-sensitized to it because of my passion, or whether the idea is gaining more ground, is hard for me to discern.

Anyway, if I were the facilitator of the meeting about eliminating the national budget deficit, I would first encourage the participants to come up with an appropriate question. It would probably start with something like this: “What is our best national option for eliminating the budget deficit by 2020, considering…” Then I would encourage the participants to come up with potential key considerations. After we produce a fairly extensive list, we would, by means of confidential polling of the participants, get it down to some of the most significant ones, say: “…the retirement of baby boomers, humanely address entitlement programs, the necessity to stimulate robust economic growth, and our need to meet internal and external security threats?” (see Latest Example).

Now I would ask the meeting participants to frame the option limits with “bookends,” those Ying and Yang options that are least likely to be considered. After some raucous discussion, we might come up with: “Sustain Spending and Tax Cut Levels of 2010” at one end, and at the other “Cut Spending and Raise Taxes to those of 2000 Levels (Millennium economics: the last time we had a surplus).”

 

With these interesting option limits, which most people are likely to reject, hence putting their creative intuitions into high gear for better alternatives, they might start digging up some of the options given in the Latest Example (refer to please). Ultimately, whatever they are, it would then be interesting for Congress to launch a national, binding referendum. By a national debate on the options and a referendum on the voters’ confidential, preferred option, we would have the ultimate wisdom of the crowd on which politicians could then put into action. With luck, we will then have made substantial progress on our debt issue by 2020. (Your views always welcome.)

Please refer to the Latest Example to view the overall picture of a potential solution. If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area. 

Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Using Option Solving to decide on ‘Making the most of an initial meeting?’”  Give us your COMMENTS or go to peter @ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)