Six Thinking Hats

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Six Thinking Hats:

Six Thinking Hats

So the six hats are…?:

So the six hats are…? Six colors of hats for six types of thinking Each hat identifies a type of thinking Hats are directions of thinking Hats help a group use parallel thinking You can “put on” and “take off” a hat

Uses for Six Hats:

Uses for Six Hats Problem solving Strategic planning Running meetings Much more

Six colors…:

Six colors… White: neutral, objective Red: emotional, angry Black: serious, somber Yellow: sunny, positive Green: growth, fertility Blue: cool, sky above

…and six hats:

…and six hats White: objective facts & figures Red: emotions & feelings Black: cautious & careful Yellow: hope, positive & speculative Green: creativity, ideas & lateral thinking Blue: control & organization of thinking

Benefits of Six Thinking Hats :

Benefits of Six Thinking Hats It enhances the thinking process It improves communication It speed up decision making It separates ego from performance It creates awareness about various ways of thinking It ensures all the point of views are considered while taking a decision It encourages creative, lateral and parallel thinking

Using the hats:

Using the hats Use any hat, as often as needed Sequence can be preset or evolving Not necessary to use every hat Time under each hat: generally, short Requires discipline from each person While using it, stay in the idiom Adds an element of play, play along Can be used by individuals and groups

The blue hat:

The blue hat Controls the thinking process It is an observer hat Discipline and focus

The blue hat role:

The blue hat role Control of thinking & the process Begin & end session with blue hat Facilitator, session leader’s role Choreography open, sequence, close Focus: what should we be thinking about Asking the right questions Defining & clarifying the problem Setting the thinking tasks

White Hat Thinking:

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, judgements Removes feelings & impressions Two tiers of facts Believed Facts Checked Facts

Red Hat Thinking:

Red Hat Thinking Emotions & feelings Hunches, intuitions, impressions Doesn’t have to be logical or consistent All decisions are emotional in the end

Yellow Hat Thinking:

Yellow Hat Thinking Positive & speculative Positive thinking, optimism, opportunity Benefits Best-case scenarios Exploration

Green Hat Thinking:

Green Hat Thinking New ideas, concepts, perceptions Deliberate creation of new ideas Alternatives and more alternatives New approaches to problems Creative & lateral thinking

Black Hat Thinking:

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

Six hats summary:

Six hats summary Blue: control & organization of thinking White: objective facts & figures Red: emotions & feelings Yellow: hope, positive & speculative Green: creativity, ideas & lateral thinking Black: cautious & careful

Thank You:

Thank You

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