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6 thinking hats


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6 thinking hats - a thinking together innovation exercise.

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6 thinking hats

  1. 1. 6 thinking hats
  2. 2. People using the six thinking hats method wear the same hat at the same time. Everyone makes a contribution to every hat.
  3. 3. The blue hat Goals
  4. 4. Goal # 1 What idea are we going to think about? Goal # 2 How long time are we going to invest thinking together at each thinking hat? Set goals
  5. 5. The yellow hat Positive thinking
  6. 6. What is good about this idea? What strengths / benefits / advantages do you see?
  7. 7. Think positively, optimistically, constructively Focus on the good things
  8. 8. The 3 biggest benefits of the idea: 1. 2. 3.
  9. 9. The black hat Critical thinking
  10. 10. What weaknesses / risks / barriers / problems / disadvantages do you see?
  11. 11.
  12. 12. Seek risks, dangers, problems of the idea Think about why it will not work. Look cautiously, defensively, and critically at the weak points of the idea. What could possibly go wrong / block things?
  13. 13. The 3 biggest problems with the idea: 1. 2. 3.
  14. 14. The white hat Facts
  15. 15. Look objectively / neutrally at facts and numbers? What information do we have? What does this information tell us?
  16. 16. What other information do we need?
  17. 17. The green hat Creative thinking
  18. 18. How can we improve the idea? What other creative solutions do you see?
  19. 19. Think creatively and develop new ideas See possibilities, alternatives, new approaches Make suggestions Ask ”what if..?”
  20. 20. The red hat Emotional thinking
  21. 21. What does your heart tell you about this idea?
  22. 22. What do you like about this idea? What do you hate about this idea?
  23. 23. Adapted from High energy Low energy Alert Excited Happy Nervous Stressed Sad Hopeless Tired Calm Relaxed Satisfied Angry Unpleasant Pleasant
  24. 24. In a hierarchically organized culture, a culture with high power distance, where everyone will try to agree with the feelings expressed by the manager, avoid starting with the red hat.
  25. 25. The blue hat Control thinking
  26. 26. Make conclusions. List results that were achieved.
  27. 27. Make decisions and action plans. The moderator asks every participant what he/she has chosen to do.
  28. 28. How was this thinking process for you? Please draw a line of your choice + - Start Finish What, in particular, did you like?  
  29. 29. Sources of inspiration De Bono, Edward: Six thinking hats.,1033)/Creative_Thinking_-_Presentation.pdf