Organizationbehavior " Six Thinking Hats "
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ORGANIZATION BEHAVIORSix Thinking Hats
WHAT IS SIX THINKING HATS?Six Thinking Hats is a critical andcreative thinking training coursefrom Edward de Bono that helpsindividuals and organizationsthroughout the world becomemore effective, innovativethinkers.Six Thinking Hats is a flexible andeasy-to-use thinking process thatleads to amazing results withinnovative thinking, improvedcommunication, and reducedmeeting time.
THE IMPORTANCE OFSTUDYING SIXTHINKING HATSFacilitation of meetings (both live &virtual)Leadership development Innovative ThinkingProblem solving and decisionmaking Project managementPreparation for discussionsNew products and new designsMarketingGeneral Knowledge
WHITE HAT Objective, neutral thinking in terms of facts, numbers and information. With this thinking hat you focus on the data available. Look at the information you have, and see what you can learn from it. Look for gaps in your knowledge, and try either to fill them or take account of them. This is where you analysis past trends and try to change and improve from historical data.
RED HATEmotional, withjudgements, suspicionsand intuitions. Wearingthe red hat, you look atproblems using intuition,gut reaction and emotion.Also, try to think howother people will reactemotionally. Try tounderstand the responsesof people who do not fullyknow your reasoning.
BLACK HATNegative, sees risks and thinks about whysomething will not function. Using black hatthinking, look at all the bad points of thedecision. Look at it cautiously anddefensively. Try to see why it might notwork. This is important because it highlightsthe weak points in a plan, allowing you toeliminate them, alter them, or preparecontingency plans to counter them. Blackhat thinking helps to make your planstougher and more resilient. It can also helpyou to spot fatal flaws and risks before youembark on a course of action. Black hatthinking is one of the real benefits of thistechnique, as many successful people get soused to thinking positively that often theycannot see problems in advance. This leavesthem under-prepared for difficulties.
YELLOW HAT Positive, optimistic, clear, effective and constructive. The yellow thinker helps you to think positively and to put concrete suggestions on the table. It is the optimistic viewpoint that helps you to see all the benefits of the decision and the value in it. Yellow hat thinking helps you to keep going when everything looks gloomy and difficult.
Creative, seeks GREEN HATalternatives. The greenhat is where you candevelop creativesolutions to a problem. Itis a freewheeling way ofthinking, in which thereis little criticism of ideas.Provocation is anessential part of thegreen thinking. A wholerange of creativity toolscan help you here.
BLUE HATThinking about thinking. The bluethinkers role is to keep an overview ofwhat thinking is necessary to scoutthe subject. The blue thinker isresponsible for giving summaries,surveys and conclusions. The bluethinker keeps the discipline and bringsthe discussions back on to the righttrack. The blue hat stands for processcontrol: this is the hat worn by peoplechairing meetings. When running intodifficulties because ideas are runningdry, they may direct activity intogreen hat thinking. When contingencyplans are needed, they will ask forblack hat thinking, etc.