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Dr Edward De Bono, the creator of The 6 Thinking Hats
Summary of The 6 Thinking Hats
Exploring The 6 Thinking Hats
Doctor Edward De Bono invented the term ‘lateral thinking’ (De Bono 1985)
Promotes different approaches to thinking
This method of thinking can be used by all ages and organisations, world wide.
De Bono has written numerous books on thinking, with translations into 34 languages. (De Bono 1995)
‘ Six Thinking Hats’ is a tool for lateral thinking, De Bono wrote this book.
The 6 Thinking Hats
"Six Thinking Hats" is a powerful technique that helps you separate, and individually look at each important perspective when making a decision. It helps you make better decisions by pushing you to move outside your habitual ways of thinking. As such, it helps you understand the full complexity of a decision, and spot issues and opportunities which you might otherwise not notice. (De Bono 1985)
The colour white is neutral
Only facts, in a neutral and objective manner
Use computer-like, curiosity (Department of Education, 2007)
Map out the problem, such as;
What information do we have?
What information do we need?
What questions do we need to ask?
How are we going to get the information?
Seeing Red, anger (De Bono 1985)
• How do you feel about it?
• All emotions are legitimate and don’t require a logical basis or justification.
• Expressing emotions is valued in deciding which direction the problem solving map may end up.
• Don’t analyze the feelings
Black is gloomy, dark and stormy (De Bono, 1985)
The Black thinking hat is negative
Pessimistic, cautious and critical
This will not work because…..
Identifies logical problems
Identifies risks, obstacles, weaknesses to
be overcome (Waller, 2007)
• Points out problems, not solutions
Yellow is bright and sunny
Positive, bright side, optimism. (De Bono 1985)
What are the positive aspects?
How we’re going to make it happen
Green relates to growth (De Bono, 1985)
Creativity, lateral thinking
• New ideas and approaches
• New concepts and perceptions
• Alternative ideas without judgment, to step further and find new alternative ideas
Blue is cool, in control, disciplined (De Bono, 1985).
Organize the conversation
Observation, summarize and overview
Plan and define the problem or mind map
The Blue Hat often starts and finishes the process and reports.
The hats don’t have to be used in any particular order
set a time limit for each hat to ensure roles are rotated evenly,
possibly add another hat (healthy eating, environment awareness)
Have to be open minded
Need to be confident when speaking up to someone of authority
Can improve communication
Easy to use
I think this could be a fun way to learn and think
Provides lateral and creative thinking
Allows all thinking to be brought to the table for discussion
De Bono, E 1985, Six thinking hats, Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, Ontario.
De Bono, E 1995, ‘Serious creativity’, The Journal for Quality and Participation, vol.18, no.5, pg.12, 7pgs, (online proquest).