What is my best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic: using Option Solving?

Considerable numbers of business leaders and executives are challenged on how to hold their organizations and people together during the COVID-19 pandemic. This especially applies to the smaller entrepreneurial ones. It is also where optional solving comes into its own and when making quality decisions counts the most.

You as one of those business leaders/executives need to take a moment to apply your rational mind to pose a question to your fertile and powerful intuitive mind, such as: “What is my best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic; considering 1) high % of businesses have temporarily closed down, 2) staff are required to stay at home, 3) financial resources are acutely short, and 4) uncertainty about when things will re-open again?” The consideration summary shows four key considerations to challenge everyone’s thinking about this issue. By keeping it to four, it will reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives: despite there being others.

You are then advised to create two yin and yang “bookends,” as these will help their intuitive minds to remain focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s 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 properly keep it focused.   

Your bookends could well be: “Shut down”lose opportunity to reopen, and “Sell-out for whatever can get,” difficulty in finding a buyer. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they will nudge your intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now would come your challenge to produce at least five realistic options, although you will see we proposed six – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making your choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later in the day, or first thing tomorrow morning. You can replace our proposed options with any of your own. You can see one of our options as: Option E – SBA loans to finance salaries + benefits until reopen.

You may decide to give yourself overnight to sleep on it. The other and even better option is to share it with your key team and then step away from this pictograph, as indicated above, and then make a collective decision based upon anonymous votes. From there you can put an action initiative together, while things are still fresh in your minds, to implement your decision.

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 – Subject: COVID blog.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my best option for holding my organization and people together during COVID-19 pandemic?” 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 our best option with our New Home snag- Option D: Purchase our own Wifi access as an interim move: using Option Solving?

With their option decision to purchase their own Wifi access as an interim step, it gave our wider family members more time to consider their next move. They therefore decided to go through the OS exercise again, using its ‘Peeling the Onion’ technique, to figure out their next best option.

So they revised their next appropriate objective question as follows: “What  is our next best option, with regard to our new mobile home, as we opted for D-Purchase Own Wifi access; considering 1) we have limited funds to make our way, 2) need access to hi-speed internet, 3) have pets, and 4) need access to utilities?” The consideration summary shows the four key considerations to challenge all our thinking about this. By doing so, it would reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives.

Once again they had to denote two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further assist their focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Their bookends turned out to be: “Put US map up on wall and throw darts at it,” unlikely proposition, and “Hire consultant to research possibilities,” will take undue time and money. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they nudged our intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now along came their challenge to produce at least five realistic sub-options, AA-EE,  prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. They now reflected upon these sub-options, which included Option CC – Pinpoint thriving, progressive business areas and explore top three. They again decided to give themselves overnight to sleep on it, make a choice, and then put together an ‘action initiative’ accordingly.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my best option to keep my career ambitions on track, while winding down on current busy role?” 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 with our New Home snag: using Option Solving?

Someone in our wider family had recently set up a semi-mobile home out West on some rental property. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving, it was apparent that their new landlord was not intending to faithfully honor the agreement regarding certain important facilities. Since they had already paid 2 month’s rent in advance, they were reluctant to move out right away and lose their rental money and deposit, so decided to consider their options before doing anything.

They were advised to put together an appropriate objective question, which emerged as: “What  is our best option with regard to our new mobile home; considering 1) we have limited funds to make our way, 2) need access to hi-speed internet, 3) have pets, and 4) need access to utilities?” The consideration summary shows the four key considerations to challenge all our thinking about this. By doing so, it would reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives.

They then created two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further assist our focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Their bookends turned out to be: “Wait things out w/difficult property owner to cooperate,” difficult proposition, and “Purchase own site w/full facilities,” will take undue time and money. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they nudged our intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Along came their challenge to produce at least five realistic options, although they came up with a sixth – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. They now reflected upon these options, which included Option D – Upgrade our current WiFi access as an interim arrangement. They decided to give themselves overnight to sleep on it, make a choice, and then put together an ‘action initiative’ accordingly.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peel the Onion: What is my best option to resolve my new home snag based on initial choice?” 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 most likely book promotion option based upon recent deliberations: using Option Solving?

Progress continues to be made with the proposed leadership book, finding a publisher and determining promotional strategies. On reviewing our recent blogs a number of ideas and options emerged stronger than others for inclusion in any promotional strategy, and a book advisor has been signed-up to help connect with an appropriate publisher. It is now time to review the best options for determining the best way forward.

Hence the most appropriate question emerged as: “What  is the most likely near-term option for moving book project forward based upon recent OS blogs; considering 1) funds are limited, 2) access to brand-name publisher will be very helpful, 3) importance of breakthru subject matter for org. leaders, and 4) having expert resource to act as ‘inside’ advisers?” We’re using just four considerations to challenge all our thinking about this. By doing so, it would reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrives.

Now we had to create two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further assist our focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Our bookends turned out to be: “Wait on the sidelines for others to lead the way,” out of character, and “Build a full-time expert team,” take too much time and money. We italicized detractors associated with these least likely options. Even so, they nudged our intuitive thinking into high gear – see our Latest Worked Example.

Next came our challenge to produce at least five realistic options – we created the opportunity for a sixth after additional thought – prior to any emotional distancing, which is a form of objective thinking, before making our choice …perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. We now reflected upon these options, which included Option ESix weekly leadership articles to expand contact list and more potential readers.

Once we have given time to reflect and determine if there’s a sixth option, we will then reflect on our options and let our intuitions guide us to our most promising possibility.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is my best option to resolve my new home snag?” 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 was President Trump’s best near term option for dealing with Iran’s General Soleimani: using Option Solving?

Since our last option solving episode, we’ve had a major international incident involving the killing of Iran’s Qud commander General Soleimani.  There was undoubtedly some significant deliberation among America’s national security team about its best option for dealing with this key issue. They were clearly following his movements closely and saw a great opportunity near Baghdad airport. Your editor was strongly tempted to second guess the team’s options that might have been available to them.

That happened by posing the appropriate question: “What was President Trump’s best near term option for dealing with Iran’s General Soleimani; considering 1) he was a highly prominent agitator, 2) had a lot of US blood on his hands, 3) was actively initiating other plots against the US, and 4) a strike against Soleimani would greatly escalate the possibility of war between Iran and US?”  Your editor used just four considerations to challenge all our thinking about this. By doing so, it would reduce the complexity of decision-making when the moment arrived.

Next came the creation of two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further assist our focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Those bookends turned out to be: “Sit on issue like prior President,” where Soleimani would remain a US thorn, and “Threaten capture if he leaves Iran,” he and others would taunt US from afar. We italicized why these were Trump’s least likely options. Even so, they allowed the opportunity to spur Trump and his team’s intuitive thinking – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now Trump’s team needed to come-up with at least five possible options – we created six – prior to any emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making their choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day, or first thing the following morning. Trump and team now reflected upon these options, which included Option CCapture –send to Gitmo – use as bargaining chip for a new nuclear deal.

Once the team and Trump made their choice, they would then put together an action initiative straight away while all the factors were still fresh in their minds.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Our next posting will be in two week’s time: “Based upon recent option considerations, what is editors most likely book promotion option?” 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 option for approaching my son about getting his career back on track: using Option Solving?

Having thought through the different options that could help my friend’s son get his career back on track, he first came up with a sixth option (F) for prior exercise. This was – ‘List practical career options: choose top three – research until decision made.’ My friend then proceeded to pursue another option solving exercise to figure how he could best approach his son to start the ball rolling.

My friend then started this new round of option solving by asking another appropriate question, which was: “What is my best option for approaching my son about getting his career back on track; considering 1) he’s been through a traumatic experience, 2) he’s very capable at certain things, 3) his work experience is rather limited, and 4) he’s not readily open to advice?” For obvious reasons, the question was similar to the prior one, although with a different intent. There were other considerations to these four, although he reckoned these to be the most pertinent ones. So he decided to continue with them to keep his ultimate approach relatively simple.

Again he went ahead and produced two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his son’s focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

Those bookends turned out to be: “Leave it in abeyance,” will possibly allow him to drift, and “Find a way to confront him,” would likely backfire. We italicized why they were his least likely options. Even so, they got my friend’s intuitive mind working and he produced six realistic options (A-F) – see our Latest Worked Example.

He was now ready to pursue emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning. He ultimately decided to pursue Option C – Take him out to lunch and approach him about his options. Suddenly he realized he needed to decide how best to broach the subject over lunch, so now ‘Peeling the Onion’ was required.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is a friend’s optimum option for approaching his son about getting his career back on track- Option C: Take him out to lunch…How do I broach the subject at that lunch?” 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 optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back on track: using Option Solving?

Quite by chance the other day, your editor was chatting with a friend about that friend’s clear travails with his son’s current career track. His son was not quite thirty years old, had been heading toward a master’s degree at college when a personal tragedy struck and knocked him right off track. Before that he’d had few career experiences other than during college breaks. It was now important to restore his career confidence and get him into a fulfilling, remunerated position.

Your editor introduced his friend to option solving as a means of flushing out a potential optimum option. Consequently, got his friend to produce an appropriate question, such as: “What is my optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back on track; considering 1) he’s been through a traumatic experience, 2) he’s very capable at certain things, 3) his work experience is rather limited, and 4) he’s not readily open to advice?” Despite there being other considerations, these four were again were likely the most important ones. So he decided to continue with them to keep his ultimate approach relatively simple.

Now he produced two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

His bookends turned out to be: “Let sleeping dogs lie,” with possible unintended consequences, and “Impose a top-notch counselor to handle,” the expense may be fairly hefty and his son’s willingness will be suspect. So, both constituted his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, they served the purpose of kick-starting his intuitive mind to come-up with some realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

It was now appropriate for him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable options A-F, so as to fully explore the most likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open again to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or create another option solving pictograph related to the best way to approach his son about choosing his optimum career option.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is a friend’s optimum option for approaching his son about getting his career back 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)

Further Peel the Onion – What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book: Option D – 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign- Sub-Option FF- Promote through LinkedIn Following + Own Expanded Contact List: using Option Solving?

With your editor’s inclusion of an additional Option FF into his Peeling the Onion activity, it turned out to be his optimum sub-option going forward – Preliminary book promotion through LinkedIn following (almost 500) on a happenstance and focused basis: plus pursue and expand his current Web Our-Thoughts following.   This now positioned him to search for likely sub-sub Options, as a way of uncovering the most favorable strategy going forward. So we now repeat the option solving cycle once more.

Moving forward with Option FF, raises a another fresh rational question: “What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book, now superseded with Peeling the Onion – Option D: Pursue a 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotion Campaign & Sub-Option FF- 6 phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign; considering 1) it promotes a Radical, Breakthrough book on Leadership, 2) it will rely on a lot of word of mouth activity initially, 3) it will need more promotional funds over time, and 4) it needs a strong element of luck and timing?” Although there are always other considerations, these four were again perceived as the most important ones. So he decided to continue working with them to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

From there he stuck with the two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would also further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

These two most likely bookends turned out to be: “Delegate promotional plan to family member,” not sure if will be interested, and “Invite professional to run campaign,” there’s a slim budget and there are likely to be collaboration challenges. So, both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to further kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some additional realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable sub-sub options AAA-FFF, so as to fully explore likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open again to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for a further ‘Peeling the Onion’ exercise to eke out even more in-depth insights – sub-sub-sub options – toward this knotty issue. He chose to pursue the former.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “What is the optimum option for inspiring a pre-thirties adult to set his career back 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)

Peel the Onion – What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book: Option D – 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotional Campaign: using Option Solving?

Now that your editor has had time to include a sixth option into this recent version of Option Solving, he is now using the Peeling the Onion technique to dig further into possibilities. This means repeating the option solving cycle once again through ‘Peeling the Onion.’ With that in mind, he opted for Option D, since it largely incorporates the other options in some form or another.

Moving forward with Option D, raises a fresh rational question: ““What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book, now superseded with Peeling the Onion – Option D: Pursue a 6 Phase Pre-emptive Promotion Campaign; considering 1) it promotes a Radical, Breakthrough book on Leadership, 2) it will rely on a lot of word of mouth activity initially, 3) it will need more promotional funds over time, and 4) it needs a strong element of luck and timing?” Although there are always other considerations, these four were the most important ones which he decided to work with to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

From there he established two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

The two most likely bookends turned out to be: “Delegate promotional plan to family member,” not sure if will be interested, and “Invite professional to run campaign,” there’s a slim budget and there are likely to be collaboration challenges. So, both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to help kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some other realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable sub-options AA-FF, so as to fully explore likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking – before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for a further ‘Peeling the Onion’ exercise to eke out even more in-depth insights – sub-sub options – toward this knotty issue. He chose to do the latter.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book and its initial Option D?” 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 optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book: using Option Solving

Sometimes it comes around to your editor having his own decision dilemmas; including how best to promote his forthcoming book, likely in Spring 2020. Since he’s a real pro with option solving, it’s his turn to utilize the technique to hopefully generate some insights on this tough promotional challenge.

His first step was to create a rational question, which turned out to be: “What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book; considering 1) it’s a highly competitive marketplace, 2) it offers a unique topic/perspective, 3) it needs a multi-pronged approach, and 4) it needs an element of luck and timing?” Although there were clearly other considerations, these were the most important ones which he decided to work with to keep the ultimate decision option relatively simple.

It was then appropriate for him to establish two yin and yang “bookends,” as these would further aid his focus. Bookends such as these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus. We are mostly unaware of how powerfully valuable but foot-loose our intuition can be unless properly focused.   

His two most valid bookends turned out to be: “Put the word out and hope for the best,” which is likely to fizzle out, and “Find a strong financial backer,” where there’s a very slim chance. Both constitute his least likely options for the reasons given. Even so, he used them to help kick-start his intuitive mind to generate some realistic options– see our Latest Worked Example.

Now it was incumbent upon him to produce a minimum of five to six reasonable alternatives A-F, so as to really stretch his likely possibilities. He came up with five and left it open to come up  with a sixth before embarking upon some emotional distancing – a form of objective thinking- before making his choice…perhaps after 2 hours, later that day thinking, or first thing the following morning.

At that point, depending upon the option that rose to the surface, he would then immediately produce an action initiative, or opt for ‘Peeling the Onion’ as a way of  digging out more in-depth insights to a knotty issue. He chose to do the latter.

If you have an example of your own, please share it with this blogger, through the COMMENTS area.  Thanks Option Solving. (NOTE: Next posting will be in two week’s time: “Peeling the Onion: What is my optimum option for promoting my forthcoming book?” 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)