Looking Ahead:  how do World Leaders help orchestrate an optimal end-game between Ukraine and Russia: by way of using Option Solving?

As events have continued to unfold over the past 2 weeks between the two countries, there’s been increased speculation that the war could drag on for some considerable time, maybe even years. This creates a new scenario for the West to try and find an optimal end-game for both parties. There’s been ever increasing pressure, especially with the revelations over the past week of Russian atrocities in communities around Kyiv.

 So now the new question becomes: “Looking Ahead: How should World leaders help orchestrate an optimal Russia-Ukraine end game ; considering 1) it could take years to resolve, 2) Russian atrocities are swinging people further against them, 3) West is relying on economic sanctions to work, and 4) can Ukrainians sustain the fight?” Again, it’s appropriate for world 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 world leaders to again 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 bookends now proposed are: “Early Ukrainian Capitulation”West try to prevent;and “Major diplomatic breakthru between Putin and Zelensky” Untenable for Russia. 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 West’s political leadership’s intuitive thinking into high gear again, to consider a new optimum range of options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Their advisors have now come up with five new realistic options – A thru E – with F pending after further thought. Those 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 world’s political leadership was initially particularly intrigued by – Option C: Ukraine receives weapons + planes to stop Russian bombing, rockets and tanks. 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 chooses 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 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)

Peeling the Onion -What is the West’s optimum option for diffusing the Russia-Ukraine crisis and returning to peace once more: Option D – NATO to force a stalemate: by way of using Option Solving?

With the way events have unfolded over the past 2 weeks in the Russia-Ukraine duel; your editor decided to modify his original Option D to read – NATO finds every way to support Ukraine to create a stalemate. By doing so over time and by inflicting maximum damage to Russia’s economy through sanctions, then it increases the possibility of forcing Russia to the negotiating table. At that time, an equitable peace solution will be found at some point. It therefore behooves NATO to consider its sub-options to Option D.

 So now the sub-question becomes: “What is the West’s optimum option for diffusing the Russia-Ukraine crisis and returning to peace once more: Peel the Onion with OPTION D- NATO to force a stalemate; considering 1) Russian leader has dug his heels in, 2) NATO is united, 3) sanctions on Russia will eventually bite, and 4) Ukrainians are determined to hang on?Again, it’s appropriate for world 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 world leaders to consider fresh yin and yang “sub-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 sub-bookends are proposed as: “Seek peace at any price”Make it too easy for Russia;and “NATO planes and troops to break stalemate” Would likely start WWIII. 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 West’s political leadership’s intuitive thinking into high gear, to consider an optimum range of options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Their advisors have now come up with their six new realistic sub-options – AA thru FF – after some thought. Those 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 world’s political leadership was initially particularly intrigued by – Sub-Option EE: NATO to provide all air defense systems to Ukraine to minimize Russian planes and rockets. The various government leaders then decided to sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. They will stick with whatever option the overall, aggregate intuition is chosen; to avoid unhelpful confusion and 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: Looking ahead: How should world leaders help orchestrate an optimal end-game?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 West’s optimum option for diffusing the Russia-Ukraine crisis and returning to peace once more: by way of using Option Solving?

Your editor looked at this situation two weeks ago and put together an option solving (OS) scenario to meet what’s required. Surprisingly enough as he revisits his (OS) pictograph once again, it still seems to hold up pretty well considering the time interval. He now proposes to share it with others who are interested, who may wish to insert their own perspective or follow this one. So we will now follow the recommended OS approach to reach an optimal decision at this stage.

It seems as though the appropriate question to ask is: “What is the West’s optimum option for diffusing the Russia-Ukraine crisis and returning to peace once more; considering 1) Russian leader is fixated with emotional but erroneous self-righteousness, 2) West requires unified resolve, 3) West needs to marshal overpowering defenses, and 4) Ukrainians need to hold out as long as possible?” Again, it’s appropriate for world 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 world leaders to choose yin and yang “bookends”,as these will help keep their intuitive minds focus 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 came out as: “Seek early, peace talks at any price”Make it too easy for Russia;and “West pursues an all out assault against Russia” Would start WWIII. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put them out of consideration. Even so, these bookends now nudge the West’s political leadership’s intuitive thinking into high gear, to consider an optimum range of options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

Their advisors have now come up with their six most realistic options – A thru F – after some thought. Those 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 world’s political leadership was initially particularly intrigued by – Option C: Red Cross to airlift food and medical supplies to key Ukraine cities. The various government leaders then decided to sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. They will stick with whatever option the overall, aggregate intuition is chosen; to avoid unhelpful confusion and 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: Looking ahead: How should world leaders help orchestrate an optimal end-game?  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)

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)

What is Christine’s optimum strategic option for 2022? She chose Option D- Brand Marketing. Consequently, she needed to help her client determine an optimum way of doing this by Peeling the Onion: a technique within Option Solving.

From our recent option solving exercise, Christine was leading her client toward discovering its optimum strategic option for 2022. Her client’s leadership team collectively decided that Option D, Brand Marketing, would be its preferred option. That team then decided to use an Option Solving technique called Peeling the Onion to figure this out.  

Peeling the Onion meant repeating the option solving exercise again, although as a sub-set exercise. Hence under Christine’s watchful, advisory eye her client’s leader team created the following appropriate question: “In light of choosing Option D – Brand Marketing: what is her client leader team’s best option for pursuing this; considering 1) executives can be somewhat naïve about Brand Mktg 2) they may not be open to making the right investment, 3) they may be inclined to take the decisions alone, and 4) their leader team may not possess sufficient, strategic talent?” Again, it’s appropriate for the leader team 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.

Her client leader team was then encouraged to choose two fresh, appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep its 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 final two new bookends turned out to be: “Key executive takes a gut ‘branding’ decision” No input-engagement of leader team;and “Bring in high-flying marketing agency” Expensive and time to bring up to speed. 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.

The team ultimately came up with its six most realistic options – A thru F – after additional thought. Now it was positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforeit proceeded with any outcome decision. It 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 team was initially particularly intrigued by – Option CC: Develop an insightful value proposition – ergo “brand” – with leader team. The team decided it would sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. It would stick with whatever option the team’s intuition chose to avoid unhelpful confusion and capitalize on their aggregated brain 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: “Christine challenges leader team to fully engage its key teams to pursue strategic vision?” 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 Christine’s optimum strategic option for 2022: by way of using Option Solving?

A conversation the other day with Christine, a rather knowledgeable person about the digital and e-commerce world, revealed how she was trying to figure out her best way forward with her emerging advisory marketing business. Fortunately she had a number of options, although the window for capitalizing on these was likely to diminish fairly rapidly owing to the number of players entering the field. She therefore had to make the most hay while the sun shone in her favor.

Already being an advocate of option solving, she put the following question together to start the ball rolling: “What is Christine’s optimum strategic option for 2022; considering 1) organizations are clamoring to discern their best e-commerce approach, 2) there’s desperate shortage of e-commerce know-how among executives, 3) it’s unclear how much they’re willing to pay for objective advice, and 4) there’s a limited time-window before e-commerce advisory  becomes fiercely competitive?” It’s appropriate for Christine to focus on just these four considerations to reduce her complexity in any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

Christine was then encouraged to choose two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would help keep her 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.   

Her final two new bookends turned out to be: “Revert to traditional advertizing” Losing credibility;and “Use AI to make all the decisions” Likely to backfire. 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 Christine’s intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

She ultimately came up with her six most realistic options – A thru F – after additional thought. Now she was positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforeshe proceeded with any outcome decision. She 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 her proposed options with any of your own.

While they all look quite relevant, Christine was initially particularly intrigued by – Option E: Content marketing. She decided she would sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. She would stick with whatever option her intuition chose to avoid unhelpful confusion.

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 President Biden’s best option to turn around his approval ratings?” 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 Ralph’s best option to bolster relations with his sons, while he repairs relationship with former spouse: by way of using Option Solving?

Your editor’s friend Ralph from Eire opted to reach out to his former spouse’s sister, based on his recent option solving exercise. This action didn’t reveal anything untoward with former spouse, since her sister also experienced cool relations there even though they live only doors apart. Ralph therefore decided to bide his time for things to turn around and, during the meantime, to bolster relations with his two sons.  He therefore decided to move ahead with a fresh round of option solving to reveal his best near term option for bolstering those relations.

He subsequently put together a fresh question as follows: “What is Ralph’s best option to bolster relations with his sons, while he repairs relationship with former spouse; considering 1) the distances involved, 2) communication with one son is strong the other weak, 3) demonstrate continued emotional bond, and 4) need to find hook for former spouse?” It’s appropriate for Ralph to focus on just these four considerations to reduce his complexity in any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

Ralph was then encouraged, again, to choose two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would 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 ultimate two new bookends turned out to be: “Take a laissez faire approach” Life’s getting shorter;and “Demand phone call with former spouse” Likely to backfire. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put them out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now nudge Ralph’s intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He ultimately came up with his six most realistic options – A thru F – after additional thought. Now he was positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforehe proceeded with any outcome decision. He 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While they all look quite relevant, Ralph was initially particularly intrigued by – Option B: Discuss what both sons want for Xmas. Ralph decided he would sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. He would stick with whatever option his intuition chose to avoid unhelpful confusion.

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 President Biden’s best option to turn around his approval ratings?” 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 best way for Ralph to re-set personal relationship with former spouse: by way of using Option Solving?

Your editor’s friend Ralph from Eire is concerned about an apparent silence from former spouse during recent times; notwithstanding there are always ongoing normal needs and issues with their two sons also in Eire. Ralph has been constrained from visiting them owing to the Covid virus and continued spikes in that country – even though Ralph has been appropriately vaccinated. He has been chewing over his best course of action and decided to utilize Option Solving to indicate his optimum solution.

With that technique in mind, he put together his initial question as follows: “What is best way for Ralph to re-set personal relationship with former spouse; considering 1) they haven’t seen each other in a long time, 2) important to continue contact for sons’ sake, 3) circumstances may have changed for former spouse, and 4) she is maybe frustrated at his limited family interaction due to Covid?” It’s appropriate for Ralph to focus on only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possible considerations out there.

Ralph was then encouraged to choose two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would 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 ultimate two bookends turned out to be: “Ride out the possible storm” May deepen the trough;and “Send some sort of contact ultimatum” May exacerbate the situation. You will note the italicized detractors associated with these least likely options, which therefore put them out of consideration. Even so, these bookends will now nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He ultimately came up with his six most realistic options” – A thru F – after additional thought. Now he was positioned to pursue emotional distancing beforehe proceeded with any outcome decision. He 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 his proposed options with any of your own.

While they all look quite relevant, Ralph was initially particularly intrigued by – Option A: Contact  her sister for advisory. Ralph decided he would sleep on it until the following morning and then act accordingly. He would stick with whatever option his intuition chose to avoid unhelpful confusion.

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 Ralph’s best option to pursue with his sons, while he repairs personal 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 is my best date option for travelling to UK in light of Covid and health situation: by way of using Option Solving?

Your editor has been considering travelling to UK to visit his sons for quite some time, although has been constrained from making a decision in light of COVID trends-situation both in the UK and US. The current early October upward trend in both countries makes for sobering and cautious decision-making con.  It was therefore appropriate to consider his current range of options.

With that in mind, he developed a question as follows: “What is my best date option for travelling to UK in light of Covid and personal health situation; considering 1) current COVID trends in UK and US –Fall season(?), 2) don’t wish to end up spending money on 10 quarantine, 3) budget is tight and health issues, and 4) Robin-Simon want earliest date for him to visit?” It’s appropriate for your editor to focus on only four considerations to reduce the complexity of any eventual decision – when the ultimate decision moment arrives – despite there being many other possibilities out there.

He then proceeded to choose two appropriate yin and yang “bookends”,as these would 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 ultimate two bookends turned out to be: “Postpone idea for 6 more months” Robin disappointment and age clock ticking;and “Set date come-hell-or-high-water” Get stuck with airfare and quarantine expense. 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 nudge his intuitive thinking into high gear to find more promising options – see ourLatest Worked Example.

He ultimately came up with his six most realistic options” – A thru F – after additional thought. Now he was positioned to pursue further emotional distancing beforehe proceeded with the outcome. From there he would be further positioned tomake an optimum choice on next steps…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 all look quite relevant, your editor was now initially particularly intrigued by – Option F: Clarify health issue before making any decisions. The pictograph now offered some other potential optimum alternatives – keep option A: Monitor trends on daily basis for leveling indicator- UK government website in mind, too.He can also now consider pursuing any of the other options over time.

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 for Ralph to reset a personal 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)