Improving the Education Situation in our State: by use of Option Solving!

A little while ago I was working with a small group of executives to enable them to understand the technique and benefits of Option Solving. We solved one issue and then they wanted to try it on a topic that was bugging them immensely, the health of their State education system. And, of course, option solving is a technique for that issue, too.

In their case, they were already primed to produce an appropriate question, so they quickly set about building the best one as follows: “What is our best option to improve the education situation in our State, considering certain industries are in control and don’t appreciate education, the anti-tax mentality, and teachers’ unions preserving the status quo?” Note their three considerations which were fifty percent of the list they originally produced.

So now, to properly frame their possibilities, they had to come up with “Ying and Yang” bookends. These were, as you can see in the latest example: “Who cares- leave as is” and “Have 100% private schools.” Clearly these were options, but the least likely ones based on their scenario.

Once their question and “bookends” were in place, they created a nice framework for their intuitions to start building some promising options. They came up with seven and you will see three of them. Again, it isn’t appropriate to show you all their options, to discourage you from second guessing them or pursuing similar options, which might not prove helpful because your State’s situation might be different.

Please refer to the Latest Example to view the overall picture of this dilemma and its potential solution. If you have any example of your own, please share it with the blogger through the COMMENTS icon.
Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “Using Option Solving to decide on ‘Providing high value to my special client?’” We will appreciate your COMMENTS or go to peter @ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)

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