Applying for a position, where drug testing is involved: using Option Solving?

A friend recently shared her son’s predicament as he went through the final stages of securing an important internship, having recently completed graduate studies. He had to submit to a drug test, which involved the increased accuracy of using hair samples. The drug, although not deemed particularly toxic or harmful, since thousands of people use it, may affect the outcome of his internship. I introduced her to the concept of option solving, so that she could then share it with him to make an optimum decision on how to handle the situation.

So her immediate task was to develop an appropriate rational question, which, after due thought on her part, proved to be: “What is my son’s best option in securing an internship, where drug testing is involved; considering 1) he has been taking one when needed for many years; 2) the test includes hair samples; 3) employers cannot discriminate against prescribed drug usage; and 4) the internship is much in line with his career aspirations?” The four considerations totaled around 50% of the most important ones she listed, so as not to over-complicate matters..

I now challenged her to come up with two framing yin and yang “bookends” – see our worked example – which would form the basis of her son’s least likely options. These were, “Just sit on it” and “Go out, get drunk and hope for the best.” As our Latest Example demonstrates, you’ll see why these two bookends were not particularly workable.

With these bookends now in place, she was quickly inspired to identify at least five alternative, practical options; although she did, in fact, come up with six. One of her options was: “Option E- Be honest and inform new boss of situation.” I advised her to encourage her son to come up with one or more additional options before he made any choice, if he had any. This would increase his participation and ultimate commitment.

Then he should be encouraged to turn their joint “pictogram” over, so that his “intuitive mind” could mull over his alternative options through an activity called emotional distancing, for 30 mins. or more. Such an activity would aid his objectivity.

After emotional distancing he should quickly review the pictogram and make his choice. Even though it might not be a perfect choice, he should figure out the related steps as far as he can, then and there, while it’s all still fresh in his mind. That way he will produce the best game plan.

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: “How to productively spend time between year-end holidays?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options.”)

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Next steps for two potential business partners who intend to start with building a simple success strategy – Option C: using Option Solving?

Since they decided to pursue a “Peeling the Onion” exercise with Option C -from our last blog – which would give them even greater strategic insight, the two potential partners set another date for such an exercise.

When that moment came, they immediately started formulating a fresh question: “What is our next best step once we complete our simple success strategy –Option C; considering 1) best to garner allies, 2) possibility to forge an Enterprise Team, 3) benefit from diverse input, and 4) high desire to succeed?” These totaled around 50% of the most important considerations …take a look at our Latest Example.

Now they formulated two more framing yin and yang “bookends,” which would be their least likely options. These were, “Forge ahead with minimal deliberation” and “Find a current successful venture that will adopt our ideas.” Our Latest Example demonstrates why these two bookends were not workable.

Having put their question and bookends in place, they then set-about coming-up with at least five alternative, practical options. You will find these again in our latest example. One of those options is: “Option D – Round up potential Enterprise Team partners for their input.” An ideal enterprise team consists of seven players: Visionist-Team Leader; Expansionist; Innovationist; Provisionist; Operationist, Promotionist and a Devil’s Advocate. You can always contact Leadership Solutions for further information, through its Website http://www.ileadershipsolutions.com for further insights on this approach.

Once an option like this became clear, the two potential partners set about finding potential Enterprise Team partners to introduce them into this opportunity. By including such partners with complementary business skills, who would operate either F/T, P/T or as volunteers until the new venture could support them, they would get a synergy of opinions for a ‘Go’ or ‘No go.’
Once a potential Enterprise Team is put together, it is probable to use Option Solving again to figure out the team’s early business strategy and steps.

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: “Applying for new job, where drug testing is involved. What’s my best option?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ ileadershipsolutions.com to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options.”