Time for a team member’s retirement: using Option Solving?

Only the other week your editor was in conversation with the leader of a professional office. The office had done pretty well over the years, but had been through some hard times since the recent Great Recession. This had placed a cap on many things and put many normal things on hold while its team weathered the storm. Now things were beginning to turn around, it was time to rethink repositioning for the future.

This included the potential retirement of one of the office staff, George, who was well past retirement but was hanging in there because he had nowhere else to go. Even so, he was shunning all the upgrades to the office systems and was unwittingly undermining staff goodwill as he wanted time to stand still. This leader was really struggling with this issue, since this person was on their team for so long. There were clearly issues at home pushing George to stay working.

Your editor familiarized the office leader with the OS technique, which brought a positive response. Together they produced a thoughtful, rational question that looked something like this: “What is the most appropriate way to encourage George to retire; considering 1) the business world has passed him by, 2) he is reluctant to call it quits, 3) potential morale issues if mishandled, 4) want to attract younger professionals to office, and 5) it creates an opportunity for a fresh approach?”  Your editor usually encourages up to four primary considerations, so as not to make the decision too complex. However, and additional one was appropriate, in order to fit at least one hopeful item in. The composite question allowed for as many dimensions as possible that could affect a positive outcome.

The two of them were now challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus their intuitive faculties toward the most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Just push him out the door” and “Offer him a 1 year severance package,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities. However, they would serve the purposes of sparking more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

With these in place, they now had that creative, intuitive thrust to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of possibilities. You will see where they produced a possible sixth option. They then turned to emotional distancing to help flush-out the best optimum solution. Feel free to review their potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-E: Delegate to Office Mgr to negotiate suitable retirement point.”

With their “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, they now pursued some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

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 week’s time: “What is my best option for on-boarding and retaining a new associate?” 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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Welcome to Option Solving (for dealing with your Decision Dilemmas) -also see latest examples below;and many more.

 See above, “Time for a team member’s retirement?”  At our next blog in two weeks, we will deal with: “What is my best option for on-boarding and retaining a new associate?”  Also, go to http://www.youtube.com and type in Option Solving and go for the 1 min 48 sec version: this will refer you to OSOLing (Option Solving On-line: a virtual way to deal with your Dilemmas)READ ABOUT THE INTERESTING, WIDE-RANGING APPLICATIONS BELOW: including the latest blog. Go to SUBSCRIBE email-to your left, if you want regular notification of blog updates.

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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Daniel H. Pink, author of business best seller “A Whole New Mind”, with new book “Drive” says, “Peter Arthur-Smith has produced a savvy and practical book that will change how you approach the challenges in your business. By showing you the limits of ‘problem-solving’ and the power of whole-minded thinking. SMART DECISIONS will expand your strategies and widen your possibilities.”

What would be our best business focus during 2018: using Option Solving?

This writer also has to make decisions about his business focus this year just like everyone else. Fortunately he is lucky enough to have a number of interesting options and so by applying option solving, as he would recommend to anyone else, he will determine what’s best for him, too.

So cutting right to the chase, he immediately set about putting together an appropriate question like: “What would be the best business option for me during 2018; considering 1) wish to work more from home base, 2) want to generate best return for focused effort, 3) want to create valuable asset to leverage , and 4) have limited capital to invest?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others. These seemed like the most important ones, so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

Now these were in place, he then set-about establishing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilitiesThose bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties on his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

Yin and yang bookends that emerged were: “Play things by ear” and “Seek more resources,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

He knew he had to come-up with at least five realistic options, to stretch his mind possibilities. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s just fine to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he produced. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-B: Focus on promoting option solving.” A natural one don’t you think?

With his “pictogram” in place, with its range of six options, he needed to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of his similar life experiences and choices.

He was resolved to sleep on it and review it tomorrow morning, first thing, and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to his best choice in the overall circumstances. Once that becomes clear, with no second-guessing, he will then put together an action initiative or pursue “Peeling the Onion.”  This will enable him to make headway, while things are still fresh in his mind. Then the rubber meets the road. What option would you choose?

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 week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: On best business focus for 2018?” 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)

What would be the best career track for me: using Option Solving?

As this writer also gets involved in sharing insights on people’s communication preferences and talents, based upon a highly successful on-line survey, he found himself talking to a college student about his future career. The student’s communication profile turned up as DAIP, which indicated certain strength as a Diplomat (D) and much less focus on being a Producer (P). The latter “P” indicated that he had some difficulty maintaining focus and seeing things through, which would not be terribly helpful in so many deadline and pressure oriented careers. Other parts of the conversation about his life to-date tended to bear out these tendencies.

He was therefore advised to carefully consider his options by utilizing option solving and putting his mind to developing a question like: “What would be the best career track for me; considering 1) I’m working my way through college, 2) I’m a strategic thinker, 3) I’m challenged in high pressure situations, and 4) I’m not clear about my career desires?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others, but this four seemed his mostly likely ones so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

With these in place, he then set-about producing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilitiesSuch bookends would then help focus his intuitive mind on the most plausible set of options, relative to his career ideas to date. Such bookends are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

The bookends that emerged were: “Drift along and hope for the best” and “Ask college friends what I should do,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

Your writer challenged him to produce at least five realistic options, to stretch his thinking as much as possible. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he came-up with. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-E: Build venture to work at my own pace.”

Now that he had produced a “pictogram”, with its range of six options, he was encouraged to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow him to draw upon his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options.

He was advised to sleep on it and when he awoke the next morning to quickly

review it and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to the best choice for him, in his circumstances. Once that became clear, with no second-guessing, he should then put together an action initiative to make headway, while things were still fresh in his mind. What option would you have chosen?

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 week’s time: “Pursuing your 2018 New Year Resolution?” 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)