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De Bono Six Thinking Hats Summary Anne Egros


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Quote from the book: "Six Thinking Hat can help you think better, make right decisions, explore new ideas. De Bono Unscrambles the thinking process"

Quote from the book: "Six Thinking Hat can help you think better, make right decisions, explore new ideas. De Bono Unscrambles the thinking process"

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    • 1. Six Thinking Hats Edward deBono’s parallel thinking for effective problem solving and exploring new ideas
    • 2. 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. What does each Hat mean? Manages the thinking process, focus, next steps, action plans. Blue Hat Creativity- possibilities, alternatives, solutions, new ideas. Green Hat Difficulties, potential problems- why something may not work. (Disadvantages) Black Hat Values and Benefits- Why something may work. (Advantages) Yellow Hat Feelings. Emotions and Intuition . Red Hat Data, Facts, Information known or needed. White Hat
    • 4.
      • Simplifies thinking by having to deal with one thing at a time
    • 5. Benefits of Six Thinking Hats
      • Provides a common language
      • Diversity of thought
      • Use more of our brains
      • Removal of ego (reduce confrontation)
      • Focus (one thing at a time)
      • Save time
      • Create, evaluate & implement action plans
    • 6. 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. 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. What we want to take away
      • What we have achieved
      • Outcome
      • Conclusion
      • Design
      • Solution
      • Next steps
    • 9. 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
    • 10. 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. White Hat Thinking
      • Neutral, objective information
      • Facts & figures
      • Questions: what do we know, what don’t we know, what do we need to know
      • Excludes opinions, judgments
      • Removes feelings & impressions
    • 12. Green Hat Thinking
      • New ideas, concepts, perceptions
      • Deliberate creation of new ideas
      • Alternatives and more alternatives
      • New approaches to problems
      • Creative & lateral thinking
    • 13. Yellow Hat Thinking
      • Positive & speculative
      • Positive thinking, optimism, opportunity
      • Benefits
      • Best-case scenarios
      • Exploration
    • 14. Black Hat Thinking
      • Cautious and careful
      • Logical negative – why it won’t work
      • Critical judgement, pessimistic view
      • Separates logical negative from emotional
      • Focus on errors, evidence, conclusions
      • Logical & truthful, but not necessarily fair
    • 15. Red Hat Thinking
      • Emotions & feelings
      • Intuitions, impressions
      • Doesn’t have to be logical or consistent
      • No justifications, reasons or basis
      • All decisions are emotional in the end
    • 16. Hats sequence in meetings
      • Facilitator (Blue Hat) Open Clarifying the problem
      • Present the facts of the case (White Hat).
      • Generate ideas, how the case could be handled (Green Hat).
      • Evaluate the merits of the ideas, List benefits (Yellow Hat).
      • List drawbacks (Black Hat).
      • Get everybody's gut feeling about the alternatives (Red Hat).
      • Summarize (Blue Hat).
    • 17. 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