Peel the Onion: What is our political leadership’s latest optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact: “OPTION D – Continual education programs to encourage earliest vaccination:” by way of using Option Solving?

Two weeks ago we posed the question for political leadership find an optimal option for minimizing Covid’s impact. We went through the option solving steps and recommended that it follow Option D as given above. It now seemed appropriate to Peel the Onion for unearthing a further optimum appropriate solution. With this in mind, we can now return to the option solving (OS) approach and find appropriate sub-options for the political leadership to choose from.

We therefore come back to posing a further OS sub-question: “What is our political leadership’s latest optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact: OPTION D – Continual education programs to encourage earliest vaccination: considering 1) persuasion rather than compulsion is more effective, 2) hard, convincing facts can be very helpful, 3) regular reinforcement is positive, and 4) trends of success can help impetus?Again, it’s appropriate for government leaders to focus on just these latter four considerations to reduce complexity in any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

We would encourage our leaders to choose two fresh “sub” yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep their intuitive minds focused against other mental distractions. 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.   

Their two fresh sub-bookends came out as: “Spread story thru word of mouth”Can take way too long;and “Pay people to attend classes” Likely to prove too costly. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put them out of consideration. Even so, these sub-bookends now nudge the political leadership team’s intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Its advisors have come up with its six most realistic sub-options – AA thru FF – after some thought. Now those leaders are positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforethey proceed with any outcome decision. They would then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace its proposed options with any of your own.

While all the sub-options looked quite relevant, the political leadership team was initially particularly intrigued by – Option DD: Hold national media debates between vax and non-vax sides. The government’s leaders then decided to sleep on it until their following morning and then act accordingly. It will stick with whatever option the team’s intuition chose; to avoid unhelpful confusion and capitalize on their aggregated intuitive power.

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 West’s, leadership’s best option for diffusing the Russia-Ukrainian crisis and to move forward in peace once again?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 is our political leadership’s latest optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact: by way of using Option Solving?”

We apologize for the hiatus in sharing Option Solving (OS) examples over the past six weeks due to other key priorities. However, we will now kick off a new round by reconsidering an issue which is still top of everyone’s mind: Covid and minimizing its impact on society: mindful of almost 1M Covid related deaths over the past 2 years. In February 2020 Covid was making rapid advances and no one knew how to deal with it. Now we’re much wiser but still uncertain about what lies ahead. So it’s worthwhile revisiting our OS exercise of July 2021and see how the country can still build on that.  .  

We therefore come back to posing an appropriate OS question: “What is our political leadership’s latest optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact; considering 1) new variants are highly contagious, 2) possibility of vaccine’s potency wearing-off, 3) resistance by some people to vaccination, and 4) impact on sustaining economic recovery?” Again, it’s appropriate for government leaders to focus on just these latter four considerations to reduce complexity in any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

We would encourage our leaders to choose two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep their intuitive minds focused against other mental distractions. 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.   

Their two bookends remain as: “Let Covid run rampant” Death rate politically unacceptable;and “Close everything down again” Could lead to world economic catastrophe. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put them out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged her client’s leadership team’s intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Its advisors have come up with its six most realistic options – A thru F – after some thought. Now the leaders are positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforethey proceed with any outcome decision. They would then review these declared options, perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing the following morning, before arriving at an optimal conclusion. You can replace its proposed options with any of your own.

While all the options looked quite relevant, the leader team was initially particularly intrigued by – Option D: Continual education programs to encourage earliest full vaccination. The govern- ment’s leaders then decided to sleep on it until their following morning and then act accordingly. It will stick with whatever option the team’s intuition chose to avoid unhelpful confusion and capitalize on their aggregated intuitive power.

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: “Peeling the Onion: What is our political leadership’s latest optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact?  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)