Peeling the Onion with that 70th Birthday Celebration – using Option Solving?”

In our last blog, we shared holding an option solving exercise with a friend, who was trying to broach the subject of a 70th birthday celebration with his/her spouse. Not only did this friend get good feedback from his/her spouse, but he/she got good clues on preferences. Based upon that feedback this friend was then able to use OS again, through a Peeling the Onion exercise, to further refine his/her approach.

Since the friend was now perfectly clear about the steps involved with OS, I could leave him/her to proceed on their own. Later on that friend shared with me his/her OS pictogram. In it the initial question he/she determined was: “What is my spouse’s best option in celebrating with Office Staff & Mom, plus with family later (Option D): considering that it keeps things low key, all the family gets involved, it makes a fun situation for office staff, and it makes it somewhat memorable?” He/She pointed out there were other considerations, but he/she picked out the top three so as to minimize the question’s complexity.

With this question in hand, my friend had developed two outlier “bookends.” Bookends provided him/her with the outer limit options to which he/she was willing to go. They also served to nudge his/her intuitive imagination to produce a range of more realistic options. The two outliers he/she had noted were: “Make it seem like a normal day,” at one end, with, “Add a lot of fanfare and hoopla around it” at the other. Why these weren’t acceptable are given in our Latest Example.

He/She had already determined at least five alternatives, to stretch the possibilities as far as is practicable. The more, within reason, the merrier, since that ensures most options are exhausted. You can see all of his/her choices in our Latest Example. One choice was: “Light office lunch + staff “roast”+ special restaurant in the evening for family” – Option B. Can you come up with others?

My friend then informed me that he/she had taken some emotional distancing time, where he/she had gone off and worked on other things for a while before coming back to the pictogram, quickly scrutinizing it, and then making a choice. You can hazard your own guess.

Apparently, he/she had developed an action initiative on the spot, while everything was still fresh in the mind. By the time we got to review his/her
pictogram, he/she was already making a lot of progress.

If you have an issue example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.
Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting in 2 weeks: “What do we do with our failing company?” We’re always interested in your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger.)


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