What will be your optimum New Year strategic priority: using Option Solving?

This is a question that many ventures may have been asking over the past month and your editor was no different. He had many possibilities, although eventually – with his current focus on trying to have a book published – he narrowed it down through an appropriate, rational Option Solving question.

That question turned out to be: “What will be your optimum New Year strategic priority; considering 1) vaccine to offset Covid, 2) will be turnaround year, 3) most people taking fresh approaches, and 4) make up for lost ground wherever possible?” You will notice your editor held himself to four considerations, to reduce the complexity of his eventual decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

Now he had to develop two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive mind focused. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing our fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing concentration. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless we can keep it properly focused on such occasions.   

Two bookends came to mind as: “Just ride with the flow of events”will leave too much to chance,and “Make a big splash wherever possible” will have resource limitations. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, these bookends will now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then important for him to come up with at least five realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. He could  then pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making his choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace his proposed options with any of your own. You will note one of his possible options as: Option C: Continue creating following through journal and newsletter blogs.

In fact, he came back to these alternatives within an hour or so, after pursuing other important matters, and did make the choice of Option F. From there, he was then able to put together an action initiative, while things were still fresh. He felt this would continue to build support in the fastest way.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area or contact him at peter@ileadershipsolutions.com .  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: What is the optimum option to present a successful article for XYZ’s journal?” 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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