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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

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What is our political leadership’s optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact: by way of using Option Solving?

There is a degree of political turmoil and hesitancy about how to proceed with the new, highly contagious Covid Delta variant racing through the population. There is a debate going on as how to contain its spread and deal with the economic fall-out. Your editor will now go ahead and complete an option solving exercise to share with the country’s political leadership to help it make an optimal decision.

Your editor now posed the appropriate question, which turned out to be as follows: “What is our political leadership’s optimum option for minimizing Covid’s impact; considering 1) new variants are highly contagious, 2) possibility of vaccine’s wearing-off potency, 3) resistance by some to vaccination, and 4) impact on economic recovery?” It was appropriate for him to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being other possibilities out there.

He then set about creating two fresh appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep his intuitive minds focused against 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.   

His two most immediate bookends that came to mind were: “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 these out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It then demanded that he come up with at least five new realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six after additional thought. Our political leaders would then be in a position to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making their 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 are all quite interesting, your editor was now initially particularly drawn to – Option F: Quarantine all those who are not vaccinated for 10 days every 2 months. The pictographseemed to offer the most immediate promise for getting our political leadership’s input and attention, especially with regard to “other” possibilities. We can then consider pursuing the other options as time moves on.

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 my best option for keeping book ‘followers’ involved until an initial publisher is secured?” 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 best option for reaching Pandemic-struck UK once ban is lifted July 19th (?): by way of using Option Solving?

Faced with the challenge of trying visit family in post-pandemic UK, it was a question of reviewing all reasonable options to seek an optimum solution after July 19th, 2021– assuming the total ban is lifted at that time. This would act as a good spur for Linda to get involved in the decision.

The appropriate question then turned out to be as follows: “What is our best option for reaching Pandemic-struck UK once ban is lifted July 19th(?); considering 1) air prices are likely to skyrocket once ban is lifted, 2) we’ve both been fully vaccinated, 3) Robin desires my presence, and 4) Linda desires stepping-stone for European travel?” It was appropriate for us to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the ultimate decision moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

I then set about creating two fresh appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep our intuitive minds 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 most immediate bookends that came to mind were: “Hold-off until things normalize” Could be a long wait + not getting any younger;and “Accept expensive air tickets, quarantine and testing arrangements” Likely beyond budget.  You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put these out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge our intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It then demanded that we come up with at least five new realistic options, although we could ultimately come up with six after sharing with Linda. We would then be in a position to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own.

While they are all quite interesting, I was now initially particularly drawn to – Option C: After ban lifted – buy best air tickets months ahead, when quarantine, etc, is likely lifted. The pictographseemed to offer the most immediate promise for getting Linda’s input and attention, especially with regard to “other” possibilities. We can then consider pursuing the other options as time moves on.

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 my best option for keeping book ‘followers’ involved until an initial publisher is secured?” 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 the best way to test my Literary Agent’s commitment: by way of using Option Solving?

After plugging away with my book Literary Agent over the 18 months, which has also been affected by the pandemic, there is some concern about his commitment to secure a likely publisher. He’s been a little less engaged during recent times, other than perfunctory encouragement. So my mind has turned to constructive ways to test his commitment level.

Turning to option solving to clarify my thoughts, my initial question then turned out to be as follows: “What is the best way to test my Literary Agent’s commitment; considering 1) things have been cooking for lengthy period of time, 2) Covid has been a momentum dampener, 3) have put tremendous effort into project, and 4) my legacy depends on this book?It was appropriate for me to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the ultimate decision moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

I then set about creating two fresh appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep my 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 immediate bookends that most came to mind were: “Just keep patiently plugging away” it will test my patience too much;and “Consider a commitment ultimatum” Likely to lose current goodwill.  You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put these out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge my intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It then demanded that I come up with at least five new realistic options, although I ultimately came up with six after a certain amount of time. I would then be in a position to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making my choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace my proposed options with any of your own.

While they are all quite interesting, I was now particularly drawn to – Option F: Continue sharing greater LinkedIn ‘Follower’ numbers. Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for retaining my Agent’s attention. I can then also consider pursuing the other possibilities as time moves on.

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 my best option for reaching the UK once its COVID ban is lifted?” 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 my colleague’s optimum option to prime his relationship with RM: by way of using Option Solving?

A colleague was recently chewing over how to build upon a serendipitous relationship with the CEO (RM) of a burgeoning biotech company in Atlanta. He knew it would require a rather sensitive non-marketing approach to move things forward after a recent third-party introduction put things on hold until the early fall. My colleague, already familiar with option solving, then decided to utilize the technique to review his most likely options.

His vital initial question then came through as follows: “What is my colleague’s optimum option to prime his relationship with RM; considering 1) BC contact could open new business doors for RM, 2) leave this possibility on hold until the fall, 3) there could be other beneficial mutual contacts for RM, and 4) colleague could gain possibility of an influential ‘follower’?It was appropriate for him to stick with only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision, when the ultimate decision moment arrives: despite there being other possibilities out there.

He then set about creating two fresh 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 most immediately came to his mind were: “Hold back for another potential opportunity w/RM” will impede any relation momentum;and “Propose a full-fledged project with RM” likely to be ignored. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put these out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He was then required to come up with at least five new realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six after a certain amount of time. He would then be in a position 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 interesting, he was now particularly drawn to – Option C: Encourage RM to send something of interest to MC about vaccine issues. Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for building ongoing momentum. He can then always consider his other possibilities as time moves on.

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 best way to test my Literary Agent’s commitment to my book being published?” 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 my friend’s best way of sustaining LinkedIn “Follower” momentum – in light of choosing Option C: Insert weekly articles to invite followers by way of using Option Solving’s “Peel the Onion” technique?

In line with your editor’s friend’s efforts to increase her LinkedIn “Followers,” notwithstanding LinkedIn aims at trying to impose restrictions on networking, she decided to pursue Option C: Insert weekly topical articles to encourage readers to become followers. However, within that choice, it seemed appropriate for her to consider a range of sub-options to Option C, so as to unearth other optimum approaches to maximizing “follower” momentum. She was therefore encouraged to pursue the initial “question-technique” once more to flush out those likely new possibilities. 

Her new sub-option question came as follows: “What is my friend’s best way to sustain LinkedIn “Follower” momentum, through Option C – Insert weekly articles to invite followers; considering that 1) she has already invested considerable time-effort into LinkedIn, 2) LinkedIn imposes “unknown” weekly connect quotas, 3) it is an optimum reader forum, and 4) it requires an extra effort approach to justify Premium fees?It was again 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.

She then proceeded to conjure-up two fresh appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her 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 that immediately came to her mind were: “Keep plodding forward for time being”it will impede strong momentum;and “Push on with hawkish follower campaign regardless” likely to be banned. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, therefore putting these out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then appropriate for her to come up with at least five new realistic sub-options, although she will ultimately come up with six after a decent amount of time. She would then be positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed sub-options with any of your own.

While they were all quite pertinent, she was now particularly drawn to – Sub-Option BB: Insert ‘Follower’ instead of ‘Message’ button to encourage ‘followers’. This relates to adjusting her preferences within her LinkedIn profile.  Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for building ongoing momentum. She can then always consider her other possibilities at a later date.

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 other optimal Follower-strategy could my friend pursue as way of sustaining 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)

What is my friend’s best way of sustaining LinkedIn “Follower” momentum: using Option Solving?

Your editor’s friend is trying to increase her LinkedIn “Followers,” although the venture works at trying to impose restrictions on networking. It seemed appropriate to examine other options for sustaining “follower” momentum. Option Solving is an optimum approach for doing that, so she was encouraged to take the first “question-move” toward finding an optimum solution.  

Her related question turned out to be as follows: “What is my friend’s best way to sustain LinkedIn “Follower” momentum; considering  LinkedIn 1)  facilitates connections with leader members , 2) imposes “unknown” weekly connect quotas, 3) is an optimum, universal forum, and 4) requires Premium fees for questionable extra benefit??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.

She then proceeded to conjure-up two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her 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 that immediately came to her mind were: “Hold back for the time being”it will impede strong momentum;and “Push on with follower campaign regardless” likely to be banned. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options and so help to avoid shutting her other more realistic options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then appropriate for her to come up with at least five new realistic options, although she ultimately came up with six after a decent amount of time. She was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed options with any of your own.

While they were all quite pertinent, she was now particularly drawn to – Option B: Take a week pause and resume on muted basis. Itseemed to offer the most immediate promise for building ongoing momentum. She can then always consider her other possibilities at a later date. However, this is such a crucial issue; she decided to pursue “Peel the Onion” to surface other potential solutions.

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: “Peel the Onion: What is my 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)

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)

What’s a colleague’s best option for keeping client further involved: using Option Solving?

A colleague was concerned about keeping a long on-off client relationship going. There were recent discussions that started the ball rolling again, although now the client became hesitant as his work commitments started piling up once more. My colleague decided to use option solving to help him think through the most likely way to keep things going.  

His related starter-question turned out to be as follows: “What is my colleague’s best option for keeping a client involved; considering 1) client has many priorities to juggle, 2) his leader may wish him to limit outside involvement, 3) he may feel contact has added insufficient value to date, and 4) he may expect certain key value going forward?Again, my colleague was encouraged 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 was then encouraged 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.   

The two bookends that immediately came to his mind were: “Just let matters take their course”could drift away;and “Offer a completely out-of-box proposal” create a potential conflict. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which 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 vital for him to come up with at least five new realistic options, although he ultimately came up with six within 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 B: Lay out a clear journey of leadership development using EL phase model. 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 the best way to handle an invitation to join an international OD organization?” 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 optimum option for building a positive relationship with XYZ organization- “Peel Onion Prior version Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible” –- “Further Peel Onion – Prior version Option CC: Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals: using Option Solving?

Having guided this editor’s friend thus far on this critical relationship journey, she now had to jump into an unfamiliar committee scenario to make her mark and thereby continue building a multi-level connection. She decided to Peel the Onion further to consider her best option for doing this. So now it came down to her next level question based upon choosing option CC: Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals  

The friend was now required to derive a new question related to Option CC, which turned out to be as follows: “What is our optimum option for building a positive relationship  with XYZ  organization– “Peel Onion Prior version Option F: Suggestions to make our corporate membership as constructive as possible” – “Further Peel Onion –  Prior version Option CC:  Optimum step in bouncing ideas off “K” before making committee suggestions or proposals: considering it will 1) ensure on right track, 2) encourage me to do my homework , 3) ensure good sponsor  relations, and 4) learn nuances of participation?Again, editor’s friend was encouraged 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.

She was then encouraged to develop two more new appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her 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 came to her mind were: “Dive right in”may tread on the wrong foot;and “Double-check before doing anything” likely to create impression of lacking confidence. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely sub-sub-options, which help to avoid shutting her other more realistic sub-sub-options out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now again nudge her intuitive thinking into high gear – see ourLatest Worked Example.

It was then vital for her to come up with at least five new realistic sub-sub-options, although she ultimately came up with six within a decent amount of time. She was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making her choice sometime after that …perhaps after 2 hours, later in that day, or first thing the following morning. You can replace her proposed sub-sub-options with any of your own. While they were all quite pertinent, she was now drawn to – Option EEE: Write-up and make telephone briefing to “K”. Itseemed to show the most immediate promise for building an ongoing positive relationship. She can then consider picking off any of the other possibilities.  

Assuming she decides to stick with this new sub-sub-option, after some due emotional distancing; she can then even proceed to a further level of “Peeling the Onion,” to clarify other possibilities, although she should also consider putting an appropriate action initiative together.

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’s a colleague’s best option for keeping client further involved?” 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)