Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied – What option would you choose to address this: using Option Solving?

A recent client discussion revealed that he and his people were preoccupied with making new business inroads with existing and prospective customers. However, they were finding that these groupings were preoccupied, too, which made it tough to talk with them and progress his company’s growth strategy. Your writer then introduced him to option solving as a way of coming-up with a successful approach to this issue.

Once the client was comfortable with the OS technique, he dived into producing a rational question that would spark his intuitive mind to come-up with some worthy options. His question turned out to be: “Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied: What option would you choose to address this; considering 1) economy gearing up after slow improvement, 2) major tax overhaul now complete, 3) executives cranking-up for re-newed commercial environment, and 4) pre-occupied with turn-around activities and uncertainty about if it’s for real?”  These four primary considerations provide ample perspective for his intuitive talent regarding the overall question. Even though there were others, he restricted it to the most important ones so as not to overly complicate his team’s ultimate decision.

He was now challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as his company’s extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his and his team’s intuitive faculties toward their most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Go with the flow” and “Do something totally wild to catch media attention,” both of which seemed unacceptable possibilities: so they would only serve the purpose of sparking more realistic possibilities – see our Latest Worked Example.

With these in place, he was advised to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch his number of possibilities. You will see where he produced six likely, realistic options. He then turned to emotional distancing to dwell upon the best optimum solution. Feel free to review his potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-C: Offer to assist with their Spring Madness.”

With his “pictogram” potentially ready for further thought by his team, they would all pursue some emotional distancing at that moment in time. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you choose?

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: “Time for a team member’s retirement?” 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)

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What is America’s best option for reducing mass or school shootings: using Option Solving?

We’ve been hearing a lot of soul searching after a recent mass school shooting in Florida. It is causing great heartache all-around to see such a tragedy. But there also seems to be plenty of blame all-around, including the proliferation of guns, the FBI falling short, Social Services not taking action, and incompetence at the local Sherriff’s department.

It seemed appropriate to use option solving as a possible approach for pinpointing an optimum option at this moment in time. In any event, if we could get the finest minds and wisdom around the table, we have drafted an initial question that they might consider: “What is America’s best option for reducing mass/school shootings; considering 1) wide-spread availability of powerful weapons, 2) powerful gun lobbies and NRA, 3) constitutional protections, 4) irresponsible gun sellers, and 5) inadequate social service/police/FBI professionalism?”  These five primary considerations provide perspective to the overall question. Even though there were others, we restricted it to the most important ones so as not to overly complicate the wise-people’s decision task.

Such experts would be challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as their extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus their intuitive faculties toward their most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus away from the issue at hand.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Leave things as they are” and “Confiscate all guns and close gun stores,” both of which seemed the least likely possibilities: so they would challenge them to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

Now our national wise-owls would set-about developing at least five realistic options, so as to stretch their overall possibilities. You will see where they would likely produce six realistic options but then turn to emotional distancing to surface the most optimum solution. Feel free to review their potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-B: Confidential Safe-guidance Places for parents with at-risk children.”

With their “pictogram” potentially ready for further thought, they would now pursue some emotional distancing at that moment in time. Emotional distancing would allow their intuitive minds to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of their similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you choose?

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: “Spring Madness –Everyone’s preoccupied: What option would you choose to address?” 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 would be the best option to handle a potential sensitive customer situation: using Option Solving?

A couple of days ago this writer was chatting with a senior salesperson who was describing a rather sensitive customer situation. The customer wanted to buy from her owing to their various contacts over the years, but the potential purchaser’s company had existing supplier relationships which would need to be surmounted. The two of them worked out a potential scenario for working together, although they would need to figure out the best way to orchestrate it.

This writer introduced option solving as a potential means of figuring out an optimum approach. The senior seller quickly set-about putting together the following question: “What is my best option to handle a sensitive potential customer situation; considering 1) upset prospect’s boss 12 years ago, 2) want to demonstrate fresh, highly valuable approach, 3) is a large international conglomerate with own people development tools, and 4) have a fairly solid relationship with current prospect?”  You can see from these four primary considerations that they provide perspective to the question. Even though there were others, she kept it to the most important ones so as not to overly complicate her decision task.

Now she was challenged to create two yin and yang “bookends,” which would serve as her extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus her intuitive faculties toward her most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

Yin and yang bookends that surfaced were: “Walk away from it” and “Approach prospect’s boss directly,” both of which seemed the least likely possibilities: so they would challenge her to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

From here she had to develop at least five realistic options, so as to stretch his range of possibilities. You will see where she, in fact, produced five realistic options but decided to leave it open to discuss with her boss before she turned to emotional distancing. Feel free to review her potential six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-A: Request fresh presentation to prospect’s boss.”

With her “pictogram” potentially ready to get her boss’s input on a sixth option, she would pursue some emotional distancing once she has done that. Emotional distancing would allow her intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of her similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution. What option would you choose?

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 America’s best option for reducing mass or school shootings?” 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 business focus during 2018 – Calling upon prior Option A- Focus on promoting Communication Survey: and using Option Solving?

Two weeks ago this writer used option solving to clarify his best business option during 2018. Based upon those options, he chose to pursue Option A – Focus on promoting Communication Survey. Now he called upon option solving’s “Peeling the Onion” approach to gain further clarity on next steps. This basically entailed going through the whole option solving cycle once more.

Hence he immediately set-about putting together an adapted question as follows: “Peeling the Onion – What would be our best business focus during 2018, calling upon Option A – Focus on promoting the survey; considering 1) wish to work more from home base, 2) want to generate best return for focused effort, 3) want to create valuable asset to leverage, 4) have limited capital to invest, and 5) have a great product?”  Note the five considerations he came up with, which were among several others. He kept it to the most important ones, so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

With this in place, it was time to develop two yin and yang “bookends,” which would operate as his extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties on his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

His yin and yang bookends that emerged were: “Allow to emerge naturally” and “Partner with expert 3rd party promoter,” both of which seemed the least likely possibilities. However, they would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

He knew he had to come-up with at least five realistic options, to stretch his range of possibilities. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic options. Feel free to review his six in our Latest Example, one of which was: “Option-D: Find further components to Wow participants.”

With his “pictogram” in place, with its range of six options, he needed to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of his similar life experiences and choices; thereby seeking an optimal solution.

He was resolved to sleep on it and review it the following morning, first thing, and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him toward his best choice in the overall circumstances. Once that became clear, he could either pursue another round of “Peeling the Onion” or put together an action initiative as soon as possible, while his mind is still fresh on all the deliberations. What option would you choose?

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 would be the best option to handle a potential customer situation?” 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)

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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 would be our best business focus during 2018: using Option Solving?

This writer also has to make decisions about his business focus this year just like everyone else. Fortunately he is lucky enough to have a number of interesting options and so by applying option solving, as he would recommend to anyone else, he will determine what’s best for him, too.

So cutting right to the chase, he immediately set about putting together an appropriate question like: “What would be the best business option for me during 2018; considering 1) wish to work more from home base, 2) want to generate best return for focused effort, 3) want to create valuable asset to leverage , and 4) have limited capital to invest?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others. These seemed like the most important ones, so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

Now these were in place, he then set-about establishing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilities. Those bookends would then help focus his intuitive faculties on his most realistic options. Bookends like these are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

Yin and yang bookends that emerged were: “Play things by ear” and “Seek more resources,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

He knew he had to come-up with at least five realistic options, to stretch his mind possibilities. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s just fine to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he produced. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-B: Focus on promoting option solving.” A natural one don’t you think?

With his “pictogram” in place, with its range of six options, he needed to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options against so many of his similar life experiences and choices.

He was resolved to sleep on it and review it tomorrow morning, first thing, and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to his best choice in the overall circumstances. Once that becomes clear, with no second-guessing, he will then put together an action initiative or pursue “Peeling the Onion.”  This will enable him to make headway, while things are still fresh in his mind. Then the rubber meets the road. What option would you choose?

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: On best business focus for 2018?” 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 would be the best career track for me: using Option Solving?

As this writer also gets involved in sharing insights on people’s communication preferences and talents, based upon a highly successful on-line survey, he found himself talking to a college student about his future career. The student’s communication profile turned up as DAIP, which indicated certain strength as a Diplomat (D) and much less focus on being a Producer (P). The latter “P” indicated that he had some difficulty maintaining focus and seeing things through, which would not be terribly helpful in so many deadline and pressure oriented careers. Other parts of the conversation about his life to-date tended to bear out these tendencies.

He was therefore advised to carefully consider his options by utilizing option solving and putting his mind to developing a question like: “What would be the best career track for me; considering 1) I’m working my way through college, 2) I’m a strategic thinker, 3) I’m challenged in high pressure situations, and 4) I’m not clear about my career desires?”  Note the four considerations he came up with, which were among several others, but this four seemed his mostly likely ones so as not to overly complicate his decision task.

With these in place, he then set-about producing two “bookends,” which would operate as his yin and yang extreme possibilities. Such bookends would then help focus his intuitive mind on the most plausible set of options, relative to his career ideas to date. Such bookends are vital for preventing people’s fertile intuitive minds from wandering and losing focus.

The bookends that emerged were: “Drift along and hope for the best” and “Ask college friends what I should do,” both of which seemed the least likely, but would challenge him to think through more realistic ones – see our Latest Worked Example.

Your writer challenged him to produce at least five realistic options, to stretch his thinking as much as possible. You will see where he, in fact, produced six realistic possibilities. It’s perfectly okay to produce more than 5 or 6 and six is what he came-up with. You can view his six in our Latest Example of which one was: “Option-E: Build venture to work at my own pace.”

Now that he had produced a “pictogram”, with its range of six options, he was encouraged to pursue some emotional distancing. Emotional distancing would allow him to draw upon his intuitive mind to sub-consciously review this range of options.

He was advised to sleep on it and when he awoke the next morning to quickly

review it and make his choice. His intuitive intelligence would guide him as to the best choice for him, in his circumstances. Once that became clear, with no second-guessing, he should then put together an action initiative to make headway, while things were still fresh in his mind. What option would you have chosen?

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: “Pursuing your 2018 New Year Resolution?” 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)