What can we do to woo someone our way: using Option Solving?

Following an introduction to a possible future executive by another professional, a friend sat down to prepare for his first face-to-face meeting with John following a brief introductory phone call. Bringing John aboard would be a real ‘coup’ for my friend’s organization, so he was open to consider his options prior to any meeting.

By going to our Latest example, you can see the steps that my friend followed to develop a range of options. These included:

Step 1: Start formulating an appropriate question.

Step 2: Complete this question by clarifying the key considerations.

Step 3: Create two extreme edge “bookends” from this comprehensive question that frame future options and challenge our intuition to create plausible options.

Step 4: Create at least 5-6 plausible options.

Step 5: Allow for some “emotional distancing” so that our intuition can make an optimum choice.

Step 6: Make the choice and then either ‘Peel the Onion’ or consider ‘Next Steps” relative to the final choice.

My friend was now better prepared for his face-to-face meeting and next time we will learn about the outcome and how he had to ‘Peel the Onion’ on his choice, in order to progress things further.

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: “‘Peeling the Onion’ on this week’s choice.”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger.)


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