How to Organize a Six Thinking Hats MeetingPresentation Transcript
How to Organize a Six Thinking Hats Meeting Marc Binkley @marcbinkley blog.marcbinkley.ca
Step 1 – Print off copies or use a projector to show slides 3-9 for each member of your team.
Step 2 – Pose a specific question to your team that they have the ability to affect the out come of and which the outcomes can be measured
ie. Our sales are tracking behind, how do we generate $250,000 in additional revenue in the next quarter?
Step 3 – Assign a leader, time keeper and a scribe. The time keepers job is to keep people on the clock. The scribe’s job is to record ideas and put off-hat discussion points into a parking lot which will be addressed when that hat color comes up. The leader’s job is to obviously lead discussion and keep the group on point. The leader may want to use some GAMESTORMING techniques to increase engagement during the yellow and green hat sessions.
Step 4 – Set a time limit of no more than 1 hour. The red hat section can be a time trap so only give it a few minutes. Its enough time to check the temperature of the group and get a gut reaction from them.
ie. Blue: 10 mins, Red: 5 min, Yellow: 10 mins, Green: 15 mins, White: 10 mins, Black 10 Mins
de Bono believed that the key to a successful use of the Six Think Hats methodology was the deliberate focusing of the discussion on a particular approach as needed during the meeting or collaboration session. For instance, a meeting may be called to review a particular problem and to develop a solution for the problem. The Six Thinking Hats method could then be used in a sequence to first of all explore the problem, then develop a set of solutions, and to finally choose a solution through critical examination of the solution set. So the meeting may start with everyone assuming the Blue hat to discuss how the meeting will be conducted and to develop the goals and objectives. The discussion may then move to Red hat thinking in order to collect opinions and reactions to the problem. This phase may also be used to develop constraints for the actual solution such as who will be affected by the problem and/or solutions. Next the discussion may move to the ( Yellow then) Green hat in order to generate ideas and possible solutions. Next the discussion may move between White hat thinking as part of developing information and Black hat thinking to develop criticisms of the solution set. Because everyone is focused on a particular approach at any one time, the group tends to be more collaborative than if one person is reacting emotionally (Red hat) while another person is trying to be objective (White hat) and still another person is being critical of the points which emerge from the discussion (Black hat) http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Thinking_Hats Organizing a Six Hat Meeting
The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It's the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed. http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472
The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates. http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472
The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit. http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472
The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It's an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions. http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472
The White Hat calls for information known or needed. "The facts, just the facts." http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472
The Black Hat is judgment - the devil's advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused. http://www.slideshare.net/vmehra1/six-thinking-hats-5404472