Six Thinking Hats

One Day • Instructor-led

Six Thinking Hats is a system designed by Edward de Bono which provides a tool for managing meetings and group discussions effectively. Through the use of “Six Thinking Hats” or parallel thinking, meetings will be more productive. It is a structured technique that helps facilitate teams to approach problems or projects from different perspectives and by doing so to think together more effectively.

Course Outline

Define Parallel Thinking
The 6 Hats – 6 Types of Thinking

The White Hat
• Facts and Figures
• Whose Fact Is It?
• Japanese-style input
• Facts, Truths and Philosophers
• Who Puts on the Hat

The Red Hat
• Emotions and Feelings
• The Place of Emotions in Thinking
• Intuition and Hunches
• Moment to Moment
• The Use of Emotions
• The Language of Emotions

The Black Hat
• Cautious and Careful
• Content and Process
• The Past and the Future
• The Problem of Overuse

The Yellow Hat
• Speculative-Positive
• The Positive Spectrum
• Reasons and Logical Support
• Constructive Thinking
• Speculation
• Relation to Creativity

The Green Hat
• Creative Thinking
• Lateral Thinking
• Movement Instead of Judgement
• The Need for Provocation
• Alternatives
• Personality and Skill
• What Happens to the Ideas?

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