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How to think ! 6 hats


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Edward De Bono's Parallel Thinking Method

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How to think ! 6 hats

  1. 1. Lets have a discussion! The coming Week we wanna go for a Vacation! Where and How??
  2. 2. How to use Edward De Bono’s Parallel Thinking Method
  3. 3. Objectives of this Session Define parallel thinking Identify each of the six hats Apply six hats method to problem solving
  4. 4. What is parallel thinking? At any moment everyone is looking in the same direction.
  5. 5. Six colors… White: neutral, objective Red: emotional, angry Black: serious, somber Yellow: sunny, positive Green: growth, fertility Blue: cool, sky above
  6. 6. …and Six Hats White: Objective facts & figures Red: Emotions & feelings Black: Caution & Carefulness Yellow: Hope & positive Green: Creativity, ideas & lateral thinking Blue: Control & organization of thinking
  7. 7. 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, hunches, judgments  Removes feelings & impressions  Two tiers of facts Believed Facts Checked Facts
  8. 8. Red Hat Thinking Emotions & feelings Hunches, intuitions, impressions Doesn’t have to be logical or consistent No justifications, reasons or basis Many decisions are emotional in the
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Yellow Hat Thinking Positive & speculative Positive thinking, optimism, opportunity Benefits Best-case scenarios Exploration
  11. 11. Green Hat Thinking New ideas, concepts, perceptions Deliberate creation of new ideas Alternatives and more alternatives New approaches to problems Creative & lateral thinking
  12. 12. The Blue Hat Thinking about thinking Instructions for thinking The organization of thinking Control of the other hats 
  13. 13. Results of Six Hat Thinking Deriving power from focused thinking Saving time Removing ego from decisions Doing one thing at a time
  14. 14. Lets have a discussion again! The coming Week we wanna go for a Vacation! Where and How??
  15. 15. Where Can We Use it…  Decision making, problem solving, tackling opposing views & friction  Relationships (Generation G A P)  Planning by an Individual