Creative Problem Solving with

Six Thinking Hats
Presented BY
MD KAMAAL

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GOALS OF THIS PROGRAM
 Define

parallel thinking  Identify each of the six hats  Learn how to ask a good question  Apply six hats method to problem solving

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3 .What is parallel thinking? At any moment everyone is looking in the same direction.

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 4 .

Uses for Six Hats  Problem solving  Strategic planning  Running meetings  Much more 5 .

somber  Yellow: sunny. sky above 6 6 . angry  Black: serious. positive  Green: growth. objective  Red: emotional. fertility  Blue: cool.Six colors…  White: neutral.

ideas & lateral thinking  Blue: control & organization of thinking 7 .…and six hats  White: objective facts & figures  Red: emotions & feelings  Black: cautious & careful  Yellow: hope. positive & speculative  Green: creativity.

not description • Set out to think in a certain direction • “Let’s have some black hat thinking…”  Not categories of people • Not: “He’s a black hat thinker.” • Everyone can and should use all the hats A constructive form of showing off • Show off by being a better thinker • Not destructive right vs.General hat issues  Direction. wrong argument  Use in whole or in part 8 .

Benefits of Six Thinking Hats  Provides a common language  Experience & intelligence of each person (Diversity of thought)  Use more of our brains  Helps people work against type. preference  Removal of ego (reduce confrontation)  Save time  Focus (one thing at a time)  Create. evaluate & implement action plans 9 .

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. play along Can be used by individuals and groups 10 . short Requires discipline from each person While using it. stay in the idiom Adds an element of play.

The blue hat  Thinking about thinking  Instructions for thinking  The organization of thinking  Control of the other hats  Discipline and focus 11 .

Open with the blue hat…  Why we are here  what we are thinking about  definition of the situation or problem  alternative definitions  what we want to achieve  where we want to end up  the background to the thinking  a plan for the sequence of hats 12 .

…and close with the blue hat What we have achieved Outcome Conclusion Design Solution Next steps 13 .

objective information Facts & figures Questions: what do we know. what don’t we know. what do we need to know Excludes opinions. judgements Removes feelings & impressions Two tiers of facts • Believed Facts • Checked Facts 14 . hunches.White Hat Thinking       Neutral.

intuitions.Red Hat Thinking      Emotions & feelings Hunches. impressions Doesn’t have to be logical or consistent No justifications. reasons or basis All decisions are emotional in the end 15 .

Yellow Hat Thinking      Positive & speculative Positive thinking. optimism. opportunity Benefits Best-case scenarios Exploration 16 .

perceptions Deliberate creation of new ideas Alternatives and more alternatives New approaches to problems Creative & lateral thinking 17 . concepts.Green Hat Thinking      New ideas.

conclusions Logical & truthful. but not necessarily fair 18 . evidence.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.

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 19 .

Asking the right question  We can’t get the right answer if we ask the wrong question  Crucial blue hat skill  One technique: five whys 20 .

Creative Problem Solving 21 .

“Traditional” CPS  Mess-finding  Data-finding  Problem-finding  Idea-finding  Solution-finding  Acceptance-finding 22 .

Common idea-finding methods  Brainstorming  Mind Maps  Free association  Freewriting  Incubation 23 .

uses creativity (green hat)  Unlike CPS. provides a mechanism for evaluating ideas & making decisions 24 .Six hats & problem solving A more deliberate process than CPS  Like CPS.

1  Blue  Red hat • Organize the process hat hat hat 25 • Emotional issues & feelings  White • What do we know. need to know  Yellow • Proposals & suggestions. why nots . what ifs.Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats .

Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats .2  Blue hat • Focus on the areas that need new ideas  Green  Blue hat • Generate new ideas & concepts hat yellow & green hats 26 • Organize ideas & process for evaluation  White. • Constructive thinking .

unusable • Challenge the alternatives Yellow & green hats • Overcome objections.Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats . correct faults. solve problems Black hat • Further scrutiny. point out risks. dangers 27 .3     Yellow hat • Positive assessment of viable alternatives Black hat • Screening for impossible. remove weaknesses.

4     Blue hat • Overview of achievements so far • Organize choice of route Red hat • Express feelings about the choices Yellow & black hats • Looking for the best alternative Blue hat • Strategy for implementation 28 .Hypothetical problem solving program using the hats .

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