Peeling the Onion: Choosing Option E from 05.04.18 – What is the most attractive way of encouraging Sheila to find a professional partner to jointly take over our practice: using Option Solving?

In our most recent blog example, where the professional practice owner was now left with considering how to minimize the potential damage from that senior associate’s departure, he decided to try figuring out ways to retain this senior associate. Once more, he turned to option solving to help make an optimum decision by means of peeling the onion.

This meant taking his overall choice of Option E and considering some subsets to further refine his conclusions. So now he turned to option solving once more and created yet another rational question, which came through as follows: “What is the most attractive way of encouraging Sheila to find a professional partner to jointly take over our practice; considering 1) is maybe determ-ined to pursue current new opportunity, 2) may be apprehensive about staying with us, 3) may not be clear about upside, and 4) may be reluctant to lure new pro to our practice?” Again, we’re using 4 primary considerations, so as not make the overall question too complex for our general sensibilities.

Again, this office leader now dared to create two more yin and yang “bookends.”   These would serve as extreme unlikely possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties toward his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s imaginative intuitive minds from losing focus away from the issue at hand.

The yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Make a hard-ball proposition” and “Offer her a low-ball price for buying the practice,” both of which were unlikely possibilities in the circumstances. However, they would again serve the purpose of inducing more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example on the blog site.

Now they were in place, they presented the office leader with the necessary focus to produce at least five realistic options, so as to stretch the number of available possibilities. Once more he produced six, which aided pinpointing all reasonable possibilities. Again he turned to emotional distancing to help unearth an optimum solution. Feel free to review his potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-C: Collaborative effort to recruit and establish new future partner.”

With his “pictogram” potentially ready for a decision point, he now pursued some emotional distancing: which could be a couple of hours, several hours, or end at “getting-out-of-bed-time” the following morning: a great time for an epiphany, providing you don’t then second guess yourself. If you second-guess yourself, you’ve pretty much lost the whole benefit of option solving.

Emotional distancing allowed him to utilize his intuitive mind to the full in scanning his sub-conscious range of options: against so many of similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you have chosen?

Once he made that choice, he was advised to stick with it and then draw up an action initiative involving WHAT, HOW, WHO, WHEN and WHERE to go for allies, for advice, new ideas and encouragement.

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 getting Mary onto an optimum career track?” Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through


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