Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats. "Six Thinking Hats" and the associated idea parallel thinking provide a means for groups to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way, and in doing so to think together more effectively.

Used with well-defined and explicit Return On Investment success in corporations worldwide, Six Thinking Hats is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. A powerful tool set, which once learned can be applied immediately!

You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic "thinking hat." By mentally wearing and switching "hats," you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.

Training Objectives

  • Understand and use each of the Six Thinking Hats.
  • Create and use short sequences of the Six Thinking Hats for a variety of situations.
  • Discover and experience 2 of Dr. de Bono’s Lateral Thinking tools.
  • Practice using the Hats in short and long sequences.
  • Learn how to integrate the sample Lateral Thinking tools within the Hats..

What are the Six Thinking Hats®?

The Six Thinking Hats represent categories or modes of thinking. Using the Six Hats increases collaboration and helps teams realise their full thinking potential. The Six Thinking Hats is a metaphorical term, as each hat represents a different mode of thinking. Users ‘wear’ the Six Hats to switch between modes of thinking to re-direct and focus the discussion based on the group’s objectives.

It is the powerful combinations of the Six Hats which achieve the results.

The Six Hats®

  • The White Hat: Information available and needed. "The facts, just the facts."
  • The Red Hat: Intuition, feelings, and hunches. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
  • The Black Hat: Cautions and difficulties. The Black Hat is judgment - the devil's advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
  • The Yellow Hat: Values and benefits; why something might work. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
  • The Green Hat: Alternatives and creative ideas. The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It's an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
  • The Blue Hat: Managing the thinking process. It's the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.

What to expect:

A Six Thinking Hats training includes a mix of teaching and practical exercises.

Participants will work in small groups with continual support from a certified de Bono trainer. Dr. Edward de Bono personally developed the training materials, and each delegate is supplied with a comprehensive workbook as an ongoing resource.

The Benefits

  • Meetings are shorter and more productive
  • Reduces conflict and debate.
  • People can think clearly and objectively.
  • Make thorough evaluations.
  • Generate better ideas.
  • Meeting effectiveness.

Training Requirement

There are no requirements for your Six Thinking Hats training. You might like to bring along your own topics to enhance your learning experience. Your facilitator will ask you for these on the day of your training. You will also have the opportunity to run your own Six Thinking Hats session if you choose.

Why is a Six Thinking Hats training different?

The Six Thinking Hats training gives teams the tools to make better decisions fast. Groups and individuals benefit from an entire framework for comprehensive and strategic thinking. The Six Thinking Hats are flexible and can be adapted to any situation. They provide a systematic approach to collaboration, problem solving, strategic planning, facilitating discussions, coaching sessions, and subject or idea evaluation.

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