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Edward de Bono Six Thinking Hats (5of6)

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Published on May 22, 2009

Edward de Bono
Parallel Thinking (Six Thinking Hats)

Part five show
Hats as modifiers of behavior. End of Aristotelian boxes. End of egomania. Hats as a language of thinking. The Confucian ideal. Hats as time management tool. Different hat sequences. Hats make decisions. Benefit assessment under Yellow hat.

The technique
The Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge. Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes.
It provides a means for groups to think together more effectively, and a means to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way.


Types of hats
The six hats and the thinking processes that they represent
White hat Facts & Information
Red hat Feelings & Emotions
Black hat Logical negative
Yellow hat Logical positive
Green hat Creative thinking & Possibilities
Blue hat Control of process & Steps

Main benefits
Main benefits of Six Thinking Hats method:
1. Allow to say things without risk
2. Create awareness that there are multiple perspectives on the issue at hand
3. Convenient mechanism for 'switching gears'
4. Rules for the game of thinking
5. Focus thinking
6. Lead to more creative thinking
7. Improve communication
8. Improve decision making

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