Peeling the Onion -Retaining a key family member in the business: using Option Solving?


The two business partners agreed to share their preferred option with Jenny and then get together with her before the end of the week to figure out a “Peel the Onion” solution.  They wanted her to organize regular social sessions so that their executive team would become much closer and Jenny would be drawn into the team that much more. She would be the organizer of whatever was decided.

When they got together, Jenny was already on-board and was eager to participate in the session led by the partners. They put their question together –see the Latest Example – and added in the key considerations. There were four again, one of which was: “Respect people’s personal life.”

Once their question was in place, they dug up two yin and yang “bookends” again: one of which was “Once every three months” – see latestexample. It shows why they were likely to reject it. Again, these bookends aided the priming of their intuitions to find more plausible options.

You can view their picture of five plausible options: one of which was, “Monthly wine and cheese with guest speaker” – Option A. They produced at least five options, in order to stretch their thinking as much as possible. At this point, they felt the wisest thing was to have a meeting of all members of the key team, including the partners, to share this option solving picture; allow some discussion, adjustments or additions; and then give everyone a confidential vote. This way there would be maximum buy-in.

When that moment came, they would incorporate emotional distancing before voting and then work out Next Steps. We can say that this happened, they made their choice, and so far the team is building very nicely. Jenny was also feeling that much more like an insider and was building a strong desire to stay.

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: “Securing emergency accreditation?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger.)



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