What is my best option for motivating my current team: using Option Solving?

What is my best option for motivating my current team: using Option Solving?
A while back I found myself talking with a specialist team leader about his team and his best option for motivating them.
As we reviewed his situation, we moved toward outlining the appropriate question for his dilemma. We quickly came to a question starter: “What is my best option for motivating my current team, considering…”
I then encouraged him to list the relevant considerations, which were several, and he then picked the four most important ones, such as: “It’s a relatively inexperienced group, I have minimal resources at my disposal, I don’t wish to manufacture a situation, and I need to make my people’s motivation as durable as possible.” Look at the Latest Example to see his complete question.
Now we had the right question in place, he had to come up with two “bookends”…these were to be extreme options that would frame his overall option picture. We fairly quickly established these as: “Let team members do their own thing,” that is, find their own level of motivation, and “Shower them with kindness,” which was just as unlikely. Since these were extreme options, his intuitive mind began rejecting them by seeking more plausible ones.
With some nudging he came up with five options, which you can see in the Latest Example. His first one was: “Promote greater responsibility/accountability for their projects.” You can see the four other options in our Latest Example.
It was important at that point to invoke some “emotional distancing,” to allow his intuitive mind to reflect on his five alternatives compared to the question. So we talked about some unrelated issues for a while and then returned to the options picture he had created. By this time, his intuitive mind had had the opportunity to search through his past experiences to find similar situations and outcomes. Its ability to interpret his picture and make a choice was therefore almost immediate.
We won’t share his ultimate choice because that was something unique to his own circumstances. You could see real “peace of mind” coming with his chosen option because he had reviewed all the most reasonable options and picked the optimum solution: a big advantage with option solving.
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 ‘What is my best option for minimizing airline baggage fees?’” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)

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What is my best option for handling my team’s holiday party: using Option Solving?

Shortly before the recent end of year holidays an acquaintance was talking with me about how to handle her holiday quandary. It would be her first holiday party with this team and she would be the only female in a historically male dominated work unit. Her commute was pretty long so she was also concerned about potentially making a double trip. Her day would finish during the early afternoon, although the party would not start until mid-evening. She did not want to send bad vibes to the group after a pretty good start.
Once we got through understanding her situation, we quickly got down to formulating an appropriate question, which started out something like this: “What is my best option for handling my unit’s holiday party, considering…”
She now had to pinpoint the right considerations to accompany this question, which included: “Having limited funds to pay for it; it could mean a double journey; I will be the only female; having to return home late at night; and I do not wish to alienate my colleagues.” Her ultimate full question can be viewed in the Latest Example.
With this question in place, she now had to select two “bookends”…these would be her extreme options that would frame her overall option picture. She considered several bookends, but eventually narrowed it down to two: “Just don’t turn up,” which would imply ignoring her colleagues and “Make a full night of it” …equally unlikely. Her intuitive mind immediately wanted to reject these extreme options, but at the same time readied her to derive more plausible ones.
Ultimately she came up with five options; to be viewed in the Latest Example. Her fourth one was: “Go to the movies between work and the party, to spare me the extra trip.” Take a look at her four other options in our Latest Example.
Given that she had a few days to decide, she decided to sleep on her five options. That sleep time provided some “emotional distancing,” which is the art of stepping away from one’s choices to allow a certain amount of objectivity and intuitive activity to occur. Emotional distancing allows time for one’s intuitive mind to search through our inner database of past experiences to find similar scenarios and successful outcomes. The option picture she laid out was especially appealing to her intuitive mind because it loves to interpret pictures.
We won’t reveal her choice because that was something personal, based upon her own unique circumstances. Her final choice gave her “peace of mind” because she had now considered her most reasonable options and chosen an option that suited her best: a big advantage with option solving.
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 ‘What is my best approach to motivating my team right now?’” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)