Six Thinking Hats De Bono Concept An Edward

1.Explore each situation or problem and generate alternatives that go beyond obvious solutions . 2. Take decisions. 3. Increase the constructive output from meetings and reduce time taken for project discussions.

Six Thinking Hats- how & why
1. Wear one hat at a time. At any one time, everyone will wear same colour. 2. Use 'Parallel Thinking' techniques as a powerful alternative to Adversarial Thinking. 3. Simplifies thinking by allowing a thinker to deal with one thing at a time. 3. By changing the hat, one consciously allows a SWITCH in thinking. 4. Intelligence, experience and knowledge of the group are fully used.

The Green Hat- Creativity
• Green Hat Role
– – – – Takes us out of usual patterns of thinking Generate new concepts and perceptions Brings momentum & breaks the rut Think “outside of the box”

Green Hat – Experience Sharing
• Ideas come from everywhere. Even from Customers • Everyone is expected is to have ideas! • How they got used ? Not be territorial • Spend some time every week on Green Hat
– Google : One day a week on a project

Yellow Hat - Sunshine
• Yellow Hat Purpose
– – – – – – – See the good parts of even a bad idea Optimistic that a new idea will work Probes and explores for value & benefit Tend to see the valuable contributions in people’s ideas Positive and constructive Effectiveness is the aim of yellow hat Opportunity

The Red Hat- Feelings, Intuition
• Red Thinking Hat Purpose
– The emotional perspective to an issue – Convenient to switch in and out of the feeling mode – Never attempt to justify feelings or provide a logical base for them – Use of intuition – Hunches about the best decision

Red Hat- Experience Sharing
• Gut feeling
– Important to know how everyone feels about the idea. This is closely related to its success.

• Intuition
– Benzene Ring in a Dream – Archimedes in a Bath

The White Hat - Information
White Hat Role
– What are the facts/information is available? – Neutral and objective in presenting information - like a computer – Distinguish facts and not in opinions – Statistical evidence concerning a decision

White Hat – Experience Sharing
• Data is apolitical
– Tamil population in Sri Lanka Island; Bangladeshi refugees in W.Bengal

• Ideas emerge as seedlings & then nurtured
– Releases people from pressure

• Data throws New Insights
– Very helpful for Junior level management.

The Black Hat : Caution
• Black Hat Role
– – – – – Not argument; objective attempt to identify negative elements Project an idea into the future to see what may fail or go wrong Not to be used for negative feelings which should use Red Hat Quickly see why an idea will not work The “devil’s advocate”

Black Hat in Meetings
• Timing of the Black Hat invocation
– if the devil jumps in at the earliest stage, the idea never has a

hope in hell, or ends up having its sharp edges smoothed over

• Black Hat has to draw a fine line
– Big difference between someone crushing an idea based on spinning out possible negative scenarios, vs. someone who voices a genuine concern backed with real facts.

• Black Hat Overdone
– "We tried that before and it didn't work." is probably the fastest way to stop an idea

The Blue HatManager/Organizer
• Blue Hat Role
– Sets the focus, defines the problems, shapes the questions, determines the thinking tasks – Responsible for overviews, summaries, & conclusions – Monitors thinking, stops argument, enforces discipline – Ensures the “rules of the game” are observed – Focus on the big picture

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