Welcome to Option Solving (for dealing with your Decision Dilemmas) -also see latest examples below;and many more.

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Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Peter Arthur-Smith, Originator of Option Solving

Daniel H. Pink, author of business best seller “A Whole New Mind”, with new book “Drive” says, “Peter Arthur-Smith has produced a savvy and practical book that will change how you approach the challenges in your business. By showing you the limits of ‘problem-solving’ and the power of whole-minded thinking. SMART DECISIONS will expand your strategies and widen your possibilities.”

 

 

What was the most likely source of my severe sickness; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Your author’s recent interaction with a close family member revealed how she had been pretty sick and was puzzled by what had caused it. So your author suggested that she use option solving as a means of identifying the most likely source of her infection.

She was encouraged to pose an appropriate question: “What was the most likely source of my severe sickness; considering 1) I’ve been pretty fit and healthy, 2) I’m fairly careful in what I eat, 3) To my knowledge, was not exposed to sick people, 4) I live in clean, healthy home-environment, and 5) Boy friend didn’t get sick?” Again, it’s appropriate for her to focus on just these five (normally recommend you stick with just four) considerations to reduce complexity in her eventual decision, when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She now had to decide upon her yin and yang “bookends,”as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These bookends turned out to be: “Walked into a known unhealthy place”Not to my knowledge and unlikely for me;and “Knowingly ate some rotten food” Out of character for me. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudged this family member’s intuitive thinking into high gear again and consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She then came up with six realistic options – A thru F. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. She can 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 her proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, she was initially particularly intrigued by – Option C: From Local Swimming Pool – swallowed contaminated water or caught a bug from other attendees? She subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option her overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 friends best option for remaining whole with partner”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

“Peeling the Onion: What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship – she chose Option E: Build support around latest book title idea; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?”

Our recent author story shared how she was experiencing difficulties with a new book advisor relationship. She wanted to figure out a different way forward in that relationship, so felt persuaded to utilize option solving to help her do this. From that exercise, she came up with six options and chose Option E: Build support around latest book title idea.

Now she was encouraged to pose an appropriate sub-option question as follows: Peeling the Onion: What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship – chose Option E: Build support around latest title idea; considering 1) advisor is not open to listening, 2) her suggestions don’t resonate with author, 3) she supposedly has many attractive contacts, and 4) author’s spouse found book-advisor?” Again, it’s appropriate for her to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in her eventual decision; when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She now had to review her earlier yin and yang “bookends” and refresh them,as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These sub-versions turned out to be: “Not bother with advisor further”Impact on spouse;and “Roll over and tolerate her” Tough to stomach. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge this author’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She then produced with six realistic sub-options – AA thru FF. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing once more beforecoming to any outcome decision. She can 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 her proposed options with any new ones of your own.

While all these options look interesting, this author was initially particularly intrigued by – Option EE: Submit alternative articles to her advisor’s suggestions. The author subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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: Detecting Most Likely Source of Sickness?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship; by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Your editor was talking with an aspiring author recently, who was experiencing difficulties with a new book advisor relationship. She wanted to figure out a different way forward in that relationship, so felt persuaded to utilize option solving to do this.

She was encouraged  to pose an appropriate question as follows: “What is potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship; considering 1) advisor is a bulldozer type, 2) she’s not particularly open to listening, 3) she supposedly has many attractive contacts, and 4) she may drive author to consider fresh ‘out-of-box’ options?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

She was then steered toward defining applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep her intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These turned out to be: “Not bother with advisor further”Beggars cannot always be choosers;and “Just be totally submissive” Out of character for author. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge this author’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. She was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. She will 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 her proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, this author was initially particularly intrigued by – Option D: Build support around latest book title idea. The author subsequently decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. She is strongly advised to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice turns out to be.

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 potential author’s optimum option for constructively handling a new book-advisor relationship?”  Let’s have your COMMENTS or go to peter@ileadershipsolutions.com . Allow time to connect with the blogger. Also consider buying the book: “Smart Decisions: Goodbye Problems, Hello Options” through amazon.com)

What is your optimum option to re-prime a customer relationship: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

At a recent lunch a long time business friend wanted to discuss how he could re-prime a long standing customer relationship. The recent pandemic coupled with the recent Ukraine crisis had brought some short-term financial constraints and therefore put his supplier relationship on hold.  He was particularly concerned because he felt there were a number of insightful, helpful things that could be done to aid their ongoing relationship. Your editor therefore encouraged an option solving approach to figure-out an optimum solution.

Your editor prompted to pose a question as follows: “What is your optimum option to re-prime a customer relationship; considering you 1) have had a long, solid record of success, 2) have a good rapport with key executive, 3) customer has short-term financial issues, and 4) have several insightful ideas to aid its ongoing success?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

His friend then decided to invoke fresh applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These turned out to be: “Not bother to pursue”Could be to client’s potential detriment;and “Offer pro-bono products to help” Potentially undermine long-term credibility. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his friend’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, his friend was initially particularly intrigued by – Option F: Have other insightful ideas to constructively collaborate. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be.

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 optimum option to re-prime customer relationship?”  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)

Peeling the Onion: What’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey – Option B- Sharpen the reasons for people to access it: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

After contemplating the six options that could enable your editor to leverage his powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey; he decided that Option B, Sharpen the reasons for people to access it, was his optimum initial choice. He then decided to Peel the Onion and see what sub-options that would reveal; in terms of key reasons for people to access the survey.

With this in mind, it prompted him to create a fresh appropriate question as follows: “Peel the Onion: What’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey: Option B – Sharpen the reasons for people to access it; considering 1) it is remarkably accurate, 2) it can be an effective marketing tool, 3) it’s quick and convenient to access online, and 4) it can spur new client relationships?Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; when that ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He then decided to invoke fresh applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These turned out to be: “Not important to know”Likely insecure and/or unambitious person;and “Already done something similar” Try for pro-bono “taster” for person compare. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic sub-options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic sub-options – AA thru FF. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was likely initially particularly intrigued by – Sub-Option AA: Can sharpen understanding of personal attributes. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be.

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 optimum option to re-prime client relationship?”  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 my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Your editor has developed a powerful communication preference survey that gives individuals objective insights about their communicating and operating styles. It sits waiting to be shared wherever possible and enable individuals and teams to take advantage of its output. Rather than sit on a potential gold mine, he now wishes to expand possibilities for its use and to many people’s advantage. It has proved to be uncannily accurate, consequently can be a valuable resource.

With this in mind, it prompted him to kick-off this option solving activity with the following question: “What’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Preference Survey; considering 1) it has proved to be exceptionally accurate, 2) it’s an effective tool in marketing scenarios, 3) it’s quick and convenient to access online, and 4) it can potentially ignite new client relationships?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision; for when that ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He then decided to invoke applicable yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

These turned out to be: “Keep it hidden from public view”Denies people/firms of its many insightful advantages;and “Start and fund a major marketing campaign” Age clock is counting and funding issues. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are not really for consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. He was then ready to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these options look interesting, he was likely initially particularly intrigued by – Option E: Produce output with greatest WOW factor. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be, so as to capitalize on the “wisdom of the crowd.”

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’s my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Survey?  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)

Peeling the Onion: What is this writer’s best option to keep his book publication on track – Option B: – Find Experienced Book Advisor-Publishing Executive – by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Our recent blog enabled us to pinpoint our initial optimum option to this key question. Having decided to find a well-informed publishing executive, your editor could than review new sub-options relative to that executive’s advice. Now that meeting has taken place those sub-options have emerged to pursue. These came through according to the question: “Peeling the Onion – What is this writer’s best option – a breakthrough – to keep his book publication on track;  Option B – Find Experienced Book Advisor-Publishing Executive – considering 1) potential publisher not comfort-able, 2) run into development editor issues, 3) not fully clear on publisher expectations, and 4) need to leverage literary agent relationship?Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these latter four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision for when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He decided the same yin and yang “bookends” were applicable,as these will help keep his intuitive mind focused against other immediate 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.   

Those earlier two bookends proposed were: “Drop book project altogether”Abandon incredible efforts until now – let down interested readers;and “Start another book altogether” Age clock is counting. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which show why they are to be put out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – AA thru FF – although again, it seemed that options CC thru’ FF were the same as before. He was then positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While all these sub-options look highly relevant, he is likely initially particularly intrigued by – Option A: Email Literary Agent to engage Publisher Editor and latest book proposal. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuitive choice happens to be, so as to capitalize on the “wisdom of the crowd.”

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 my optimum option to leverage powerful Mercury Communication Survey?  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 writer’s best option to keep his book publication on track: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

Writing a book is a challenge and getting it published is even a bigger challenge. This writer has drafted a book and redrafted it in an attempt to meet his potential publisher’s requirements. He has been tasked with finding a development editor to further prepare the manuscript to meet that publisher’s expectations, although there’s some fuzziness around what those expectations are. He has already approached two development editors and is not gaining traction owing to this writer’s novice experience and their seasoned approach. He now has to re-think his options to find a way forward – a breakthrough!

 So related breakthrough OS question becomes: “What is writer’s best option – a breakthrough – to keep his book publication on track; considering 1) potential publisher not comfortable, 2) run into development editor issues, 3) not fully clear on publisher expectations, and 4) needs to leverage literary agent relationship?” Again, it’s appropriate for him to focus on just these latter four considerations to reduce complexity in his eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

He has generated yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep his intuitive mind 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.   

His two bookends proposed are: “Drop book project altogether”Abandon incredible efforts until now – let down interested readers;and “Start another book altogether” Age clock is counting. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which shows why they are to be put out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He has now come up with six realistic options – A thru F. He will then be positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforecoming to any outcome decision. He will 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While all his options look highly relevant, he is likely initially particularly intrigued by – Option B: Find an experienced book advisor- publishing executive. He then decided to sleep on it and seek input from others until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. He is strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, intuition choice happens to be, so as to capitalize on the “wisdom of the crowd.”

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 this writer’s best option to keep his book publication on track?  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 USAs best option for future Covid mask wearing: by way of using Option Solving (OS)?

As new Covid variants come and go with various intensities, a strong debate has arisen about the effectiveness of mask wearing and the continuation of mask mandates. Clearly people are tired of wearing them and the advent of vaccines, growing population immunity, and other treatments has reduced the overall risks of serious infection and mortality. The question then arises with regard to future national policies: What is the USA’s optimal option for future Covid mask wearing?

 So related to this question comes the relevant OS question: “What is USAs best option for future Covid mask wearing; considering 1) overall skepticism about mask wearing, 2) population generally weary of mask wearing, 3) likely future new variant outbreaks, and 4) increasing effectiveness of vaccines and treatments?” 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 again encourage national leaders to consider fresh 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.   

The two new bookends proposed are: “Leave it open for individual-voluntary decisions”Health authorities abdicate responsibility;and “Impose complete lockdowns for any outbreaks” Strong public backlash. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which shows why they were put out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge the nation’s political leadership’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a range of realistic options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Their advisors have now come up with six new realistic options – A thru F. National leaders will then be 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 nation’s political leadership was likely initially particularly intrigued by – Option E: Allow State governments to decide. The various government leaders then again decided to sleep on it until the following morning and then proceed accordingly. They are strongly encouraged to stick with whatever option the overall, aggregate intuition choice happens to be, so as to capitalize on their “wisdom of the crowd.”

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 this writer’s best option to keep his book publi-cation on track?  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)