What is optimum way to handle invitation to join international OD organization: using Option Solving?

Your editor was recently invited to join an international organization development association, relative to his inquiries about its purpose and possible journal publication. He was sent more than one suggestion; consequently, relative to time and resources, he needed to figure out what his optimum approach might be in the circumstances. This led to framing a typical option solving question.

His related question turned out to be as follows: “What is optimum way to handle invitation to join international OD organization; considering 1) am a relative unknown entity, 2) need published book to help credibility, 3) not member of a high-profile institution, and 4) could add extra credibility down the road?It was appropriate to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

He then proceeded to conjure-up 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.   

The two bookends that immediately came to his mind were: “Just wait and see”will lose out on initial momentum;and “Offer to take a major role” quite unrealistic at this time. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options and so help to avoid shutting his other more realistic options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then appropriate for him to come up with at least five new realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six after a decent amount of time. He was then positioned to 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.

While they were all quite pertinent, he was now particularly drawn to – Option D: Join as member to put toe into the water. Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for building an ongoing positive relationship. He can then always consider his other possibilities at a later date.  

Assuming he decides to stick with this new option, after some due emotional distancing; he can then proceed to putting an appropriate action initiative together – WHAT, HOW, WHO, WHEN & WHERE.

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 friend’s best way of sustaining LinkedIn Follower momentum?” 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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