Peel the Onion 2nd Time: Best career move – Sub-Option AA – Pursue a fresh career in marketing related to the aviation industry: using Option Solving

Recently we further helped a client whose son was striving to generate a fresh career direction and we decided to pursue a second round of Peeling the Onion, in order to give him more specific role alternatives related to the aviation industry looking at fresh sub-options from AA -FF. By using a Peeling the Onion exercise second round, we had to take the client’s son through the whole cycle again.

The new rational question turned out to be: “Peeling the Onion: What is my best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction: Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry; then by choosing Peeling the Onion Sub-Option AA – Pursue a marketing career in the aviation field; considering 1) need something of great immediate value in the aviation industry, 2) offer state-of-art approach, 3) show distinct product/service, and 4) needs to be something of high professional quality?” These turned out to be his son’s four third round of considerations based upon an Option B related question, despite several other possibilities, so as to still make his related decision outcome that much easier to handle.

We then set out to determine two fresh yin and yang “bookends.” These would further aid focusing his son’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic sub-sub-options AAA-FFF. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Again, these two new bookends turned out to be: “Take first option that comes along,” which would be too shaky, and “Take mktg refresher course at local college on state-of-art marketing,” where there would be a lack of time and resources. Both remained his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they would help kick-start his intuitive mind once more to produce his son’s most creative sub-sub options – see our Latest Worked Example.

Again, we went beyond the minimum of five – to six – reasonable alternatives AAA-FFF, so as to stretch his son’s range of sub-sub-options as much as possible. Now he could pick the precise career channel and put together a gameplan for that sub-sub option or potentially Peel the Onion once more: to gain even further clarity on his ultimate career track, right now. We were assured he would be ready to put a game plan together to proceed down that track.

His son would still need some further time for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking- before making his choice…again, perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

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 are my immediate career options considering that my group is likely to be disbanded within the next few months?” 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)

Peel the Onion: Best career move – Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry: using Option Solving

In our last blog, we helped a client whose son was striving to generate a fresh career direction and we worked up a potential option solving solution of six alternatives. We understand that his son chose to pursue Option B: Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry. To make the most of his son’s choice, it seemed appropriate to pursue a Peeling the Onion exercise: to gain further insight on the best track within that industry.

They thus spent new time going through another round of option solving centered on Option B. Hence we produced a new question that looked like this: “What is my best alternative to move my career in an optimal direction: Option B – Pursue a fresh career related to the aviation industry; considering 1) I have a successful background in the aviation industry, 2) it’s important to find an enlightened outfit, 3) that I can make an valuable contribution, and 4) I cannot relocate for the time being?” These turned out to be his son’s four subsequent considerations based upon a new question, despite several other possibilities, so as to make his related decision outcome that much easier to handle.

We then determined that his current two yin and yang “bookends” remain as outlier possibilities. These would aid focusing his son’s intuitive, decision-making mind on his most realistic options. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Again, these two bookends turned out to be: “Let it happen when it will,” although time was not on his son’s side, and “Engage a career counselor,” where the expense may be out of range: so both of which were his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they would provide his intuitive mind the challenge it needed to kick-start his most creative sub-options and eventually help draw-out his son’s most realistic sub-sub-option – see our Latest Worked Example.

Again, we went beyond the minimum of five – to six – reasonable alternatives, so as to stretch his son’s range of sub-options as much as possible. Once he has picked that channel, where he should absolutely follow his first major instincts, he can then either put together a gameplan for that sub-option or Peel the Onion once more: to gain even greater clarity on his best career track, right now. In career choice activities like this, a further Peeling the Onion may be the right solution.

But first his son had to contemplate our first Peeling the Onion effort, since he may wish to adjust it. Then he would need to set some time aside for emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning.

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: “2nd Peeling the Onion: What is my best alternative for moving my career in an optimal direction- after Option B: Fresh career related to the aviation industry… (?)?” 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)