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SIX THINKING HATS. Based on the work by Edward de Bono. “Thinking-- The Ultimate Human Resource”. We can always improve our thinking skills. Confused thinking arises from trying to do too much at once. We should emphasize what can be, not what is.

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SIX THINKING HATS

Based on the work by

Edward de Bono


“Thinking--The Ultimate Human Resource”

  • We can always improve our thinking skills.

  • Confused thinking arises

    from trying to do too

    much at once.

  • We should emphasize

    what can be, not what is.


Six hats is parallel thinking.


Results of Six Hat Thinking

  • Deriving power from focused thinking

  • Saving time

  • Removing ego from decisions

  • Doing one thing at a time


BLUE

  • Organization of Thinking

  • Control of Process

  • Organization

  • Sets the Focus

  • Use of All the Hats

  • Summarizes


GREEN

  • Creative

  • New Ideas and Concepts

  • Search for Options

    and Alternatives


WHITENeutral and Objective

Deals with Facts


RED

  • Emotions

  • Feelings

  • Hunches

  • Intuition


BLACK

  • Most Used

  • Serious

  • Cautious

  • Careful

  • Lays Out Risks

  • Basis of

    Critical Thinking


YELLOW

  • Optimistic

  • Hopeful

  • Positive Thinking

  • Constructive

  • Effective

  • Opportunities

  • Reactive Thinking


Use Preset Sequence

  • Layout the Thinking Process

  • Discipline on when to use each hat

  • Timing

  • Guidelines of the process


What If It’s Not Possible to Make a Decision?

  • May Need More Information

  • Can’t Reconcile Values

  • May Depend on Future Information


Two Main Purposes For Six Thinking Hats

  • Simplifies thinking by having to deal with one thing at a time.

  • Allows a switch in thinking without threatening ego.


Results of Six Hat Thinking

Decisions Seem to Make

Themselves!


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