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a thinking tool for group discussion and individual thinking. Combined with the idea of parallel thinking which is associated with it, it provides a means for groups to think together more …

a thinking tool for group discussion and individual thinking. Combined with the idea of parallel thinking which is associated with it, it provides a means for groups to think together more effectively, and a means to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way. The method is attributed to Dr. Edward de Bono and is the subject of his book, Six Thinking Hats.

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  • 1. 6de Bono Hats
    Thinking Tool
  • 2. Big Ideasdo not happenin meetings
  • 3. Edward de Bono
    The de Bono Hats system is a thinking tool for group discussion and individual thinking. Combined with the idea of parallel thinking which is associated with it, it provides a means for groups to think together more effectively, and a means to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way.
  • 4. How it works?
    To use Six Thinking Hats to improve the quality of your decision-making, look at the issue as a group "wearing" each of the Thinking Hats in turn.
    Each "Thinking Hat" is a different mode of thinking. Start from Blue, End with Blue.
  • 5. Blue hat
    The Big Picture
    2 minutes.
    Thinking about thinking. Organization issues.
    Ex: We'll follow this program of thinkingto start the day - does everyone agree?
  • 6. White hat
    Questions
    2 minutes.
    Facts and Available information
    Ex: Energy efficiency legislation is expectedto impact our ability to run our businessin the next five years
  • 7. Red hat
    Emotions
    30 seconds.
    Feelings, gut instincts. No justification
    Ex: I'd like to do that but I feel uncertain about it
  • 8. Black hat
    Critical Judgement
    2 minutes.
    Risks. Barriers. Negative connotations.
    Ex: We might not be able to make it cheaply enough
  • 9. Yellow hat
    Positive
    2 minutes.
    Benefits of an idea or issue
    Ex: That would reduce the environmental impact of our activities
  • 10. Green hat
    New Ideas
    2 minutes.
    Provoking thoughts
    Ex: What if we deliver this for free?
  • 11. Programs
    Having identified the six states that can be accessed, distinct programs can be created, these are sequences of hats which encompass and structure the thinking process toward a distinct goal
  • 12. Programs
    Ex: Initial Discussion
    Ex: Strategic Planning
  • 13. Six Thinking Hats: Tool usage benefits
    Main benefits of Six Thinking Hats method:
    • Allow to say things without risk
    • 14. Awareness about multiple perspectives on the issue at hand
    • 15. Convenient mechanism for 'switching gears'
    • 16. Rules for the game of thinking
    • 17. Focus thinking
    • 18. Lead to more creative thinking
    • 19. Improve communication
    • 20. Improve decision making
  • ?
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