Six ThinkingSix Thinking
HatsHats
Edward deBono’sEdward deBono’s
parallel thinking forparallel thinking for
effective prob...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze2
The Basics
• There are six different imaginary hats that you
can put...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze3
What does each Hat mean?
White Hat Data, Facts, Information known or...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze4
Simplifies thinking by having to
deal with one thing at a time
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze5
Benefits of Six Thinking Hats
1. Provides a common language
2. Diver...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze6
The blue hat role
• Control of thinking & the process
• Begin & end ...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze7
Thinking Process
• Why we are here
• what we are thinking about
• De...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze8
What we want to take away
• What we have achieved
• Outcome
• Conclu...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze9
Summary of The Facilitator’s Role:
• Define the focus of the thinkin...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze10
Participant’s Role
• Follow the lead of the facilitator
• Stick to ...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze11
White Hat Thinking
1. Neutral, objective information
2. Facts & fig...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze12
Green Hat Thinking
1. New ideas, concepts, perceptions
2. Deliberat...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze13
Yellow Hat Thinking
1. Positive & speculative
2. Positive thinking,...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze14
Black Hat Thinking
1. Cautious and careful
2. Logical negative – wh...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze15
Red Hat Thinking
1. Emotions & feelings
2. Intuitions, impressions
...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze16
Hats sequence in meetings
1. Facilitator (Blue Hat) Open Clarifying...
Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze17
References
• Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
• The Innovator's ...
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  • First we can quickly review the basics you will need to remember in order to participate in a Six Hat team thinking session.  First, there are six imaginary or metaphorical hats that can be worn - only one at a time. Relax…. no actual hats have to be used! This is a serious communication framework for serious issues and we don’t want to make its use seem trivial in any way.  Each hat is a different color, representing different types or modes of thinking.  Everyone on the team does the same type of thinking at the same time. That is, we all wear the same color hat.  When we change hats we change our thinking. The facilitator is an exception. The facilitator will always wear the control or facilitation hat (the blue hat), but he or she may also contribute in the content of the thinking if qualified and comfortable doing so. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, remember to use the hats and colors terminology. The artificiality of these symbols has proven to be a very powerful mental cue for producing a specific type of thinking at a specific time. Experience in many organizations has shown that in a very short time you will become unaware of the symbols themselves - the hats and colors. Instead you will key on the thinking being requested and automatically switch when necessary. 
  • Your responsibilities within your role as a participant include:  Following the lead of the facilitator.  Sticking to the hat in current use so that everyone is thinking in the same mode at the same time. This is the essence of parallel thinking. Remember exploration before decision.  Seeking to stay within the time limits that the leader has planned for each hat. Of course, he or she has the latitude to extend the times if necessary.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you should seek to contribute as completely and as honestly as possible in each thinking modes that is called for. Try to reserve your judgment until all exploration has been done. This is key to driving better exploration and better decisions. Now, with those basics in mind let’s do a quick practice session on a remote example before we try it out on one of our real issues. 
  • De bono six thinkinghats_summary_anneegros

    1. 1. Six ThinkingSix Thinking HatsHats Edward deBono’sEdward deBono’s parallel thinking forparallel thinking for effective problem solvingeffective problem solving and exploring new ideasand exploring new ideas
    2. 2. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze2 The Basics • There are six different imaginary hats that you can put on or take off. • Think of the “hats” as thinking icons. • Each hat is a different color and represents a different type or mode of thinking. • We all wear the same hat (do the same type of thinking) at the same time. • When we change hats - we change our thinking.
    3. 3. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze3 What does each Hat mean? White Hat Data, Facts, Information known or needed. Red Hat Feelings. Emotions and Intuition. Yellow Hat Values and Benefits- Why something may work. (Advantages) Black Hat Difficulties, potential problems- why something may not work. (Disadvantages) Green Hat Creativity- possibilities, alternatives, solutions, new ideas. Blue Hat Manages the thinking process, focus, next steps, action plans.
    4. 4. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze4 Simplifies thinking by having to deal with one thing at a time
    5. 5. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze5 Benefits of Six Thinking Hats 1. Provides a common language 2. Diversity of thought 3. Use more of our brains 4. Removal of ego (reduce confrontation) 5. Focus (one thing at a time) 6. Save time 7. Create, evaluate & implement action plans
    6. 6. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze6 The blue hat role • Control of thinking & the process • Begin & end session with blue hat • Facilitator, session leader’s role: – open, sequence, close – Focus: what should we be thinking about – Asking the right questions – Defining & clarifying the problem – Setting the thinking tasks
    7. 7. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze7 Thinking Process • Why we are here • what we are thinking about • Definition of the situation or problem • Alternative definitions • what we want to achieve • where we want to end up • The background to the thinking
    8. 8. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze8 What we want to take away • What we have achieved • Outcome • Conclusion • Design • Solution • Next steps
    9. 9. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze9 Summary of The Facilitator’s Role: • Define the focus of the thinking • Plan the sequence and timing of the thinking • Ask for changes in the thinking • Handle requests from the group • Form periodic or final summaries of the thinking for consideration by the team x
    10. 10. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze10 Participant’s Role • Follow the lead of the facilitator • Stick to the hat (type of thinking) that is in current use • Try to work within the time limits • Contribute honestly & fully under each of the hats
    11. 11. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze11 White Hat Thinking 1. Neutral, objective information 2. Facts & figures 3. Questions: what do we know, what don’t we know, what do we need to know 4. Excludes opinions, judgments 5. Removes feelings & impressions
    12. 12. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze12 Green Hat Thinking 1. New ideas, concepts, perceptions 2. Deliberate creation of new ideas 3. Alternatives and more alternatives 4. New approaches to problems 5. Creative & lateral thinking
    13. 13. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze13 Yellow Hat Thinking 1. Positive & speculative 2. Positive thinking, optimism, opportunity 3. Benefits 4. Best-case scenarios 5. Exploration
    14. 14. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze14 Black Hat Thinking 1. Cautious and careful 2. Logical negative – why it won’t work 3. Critical judgement, pessimistic view 4. Separates logical negative from emotional 5. Focus on errors, evidence, conclusions 6. Logical & truthful, but not necessarily fair
    15. 15. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze15 Red Hat Thinking 1. Emotions & feelings 2. Intuitions, impressions 3. Doesn’t have to be logical or consistent 4. No justifications, reasons or basis 5. All decisions are emotional in the end
    16. 16. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze16 Hats sequence in meetings 1. Facilitator (Blue Hat) Open Clarifying the problem 2. Present the facts of the case (White Hat). 3. Generate ideas, how the case could be handled (Green Hat). 4. Evaluate the merits of the ideas, List benefits (Yellow Hat). 5. List drawbacks (Black Hat). 6. Get everybody's gut feeling about the alternatives (Red Hat). 7. Summarize (Blue Hat).
    17. 17. Anne Egros- International Business Coach-Zest and Ze17 References • Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor

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