What is Patriots’ coach’s optimal change to enhance chances of repeating, playing-winning the Superbowl trophy again in 2018: using Option Solving?

We know of Bill Bellichick as the Patriots’ successful coach, who recently led them to their fourth Superbowl win in recent years. His obvious intent would be to repeat that performance in 2018, although the challenge is enormous for many obvious reasons: as will discuss as we move forward. So we decided to do an option solving exercise for him to aid him with such a tough decision.

Assuming we got the opportunity to share the principles of option solving with him, he would then get his teeth into producing an appropriate rational question, as follows: “What is the Patriot Football team’s required optimal change to increase its chances of repeat, playing-winning the Superbowl trophy again in 2018; considering 1) it’s tough to win successive Superbowls, 2) competitors become smarter-better, 3) re-raising player-staff sights once more, and 4) opportunity to impress sport’s press for eternity?” The last point about the press was included because the sports-press corps doesn’t particularly like Bellichick: they find him unresponsive and aloof…something he doesn’t refute. We did see other considerations for his question, but felt these were the four key ones without overly complicating his exercise.

With his question now in place, it was time then to draft two unlikely “bookend” choices, the yin and yang, in order to focus his intuitive capabilities toward a viable set of options. The bookends he chose were: “Same approach as for 2017” and “Rebuild team from scratch,” both not especially viable in the circumstances. Why he would be unlikely to choose these outliers is presented in our worked example. However, using option-framers, like these bookends, helps to focus participants’ brilliant intuitive minds, which can so easily be distracted, before figuring out their most likely and realistic options – again, see our Latest Worked Example.

We would now challenge him to come up with at least five realistic options for stretching his thinking as much as possible – you will see we produced six. Look at our Latest Example and you will be able to view those six options, with one of them being: “Option D – Introduce new skill plays . With his “pictogram” now in place, indicating his range of six options, he would now be encouraged to set some time for emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously ponder the six options we offered – or maybe it would spark him to come up with others – while he was doing other things and therefore enable him to be more objective when he returned to it.

Since one’s intuition enjoys pictures, a pictogram aids fast intuitive absorption. He would then allow his intuition to work on it. Maybe he would return to it an hour later,  to refresh his recollection, before coming up with an optimum choice: relative to all four question considerations. Which option would you have chosen, if you were in his shoes? As his day progresses he would figure out how to approach the eventual option he chose, while all the factors were still fresh in his mind.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two weeks time: “What is a VP Sales best option in hiring a top-seller, with the notion that the individual’s motivators may not be what they were?” 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” through amazon.com)


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