Peeling the Onion – Executive’s best option for becoming more consistent in his focus: using Option Solving?

Our last posting showed the key options my client executive had in becoming more consistent in his focus. Suppose he chose “Developing a strong No. 2,” based upon the rationale that would allow him the breathing space to be more consistent in his focus. In turn, this would allow him time to orchestrate the implementation of his vision, strengthen the competence of his team leaders and teams, and increase collaboration with other key areas within the company (including eliminating the duplication of activities): all areas that will have a fundamentally positive impact.

Our latest example will show the reconstituted question with its inherent considerations: including “there’s probably not a suitable candidate within my group” and “tougher budgets may not help.” This opens the way for two new “bookends,” which are depicted as “Drop the idea due to organization constraints” and “Demand a competent No.2 right away.” We have shown the clear draw backs to both for this executive.

With these in place, they will now stimulate a range of six options on how to secure his No.2. These include: “Finding someone from within his own group” or “recruit someone from a sister company.” You can see his other four options in our Latest Example. Now he will be a position to either go through another Peeling the Option iteration or choose an optimum option after due “emotional distancing.”

Clearly this extra peeling the onion step produces a well considered and insightful option, consequently increases the chances of a very positive outcome: as well as produces an executive who has the breathing space to become much more consistent in his focus.

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: “A CEOs dilemma to convince the owners of his approach or quit.”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger.)


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