Leading international authority on creative thinking and teaching of thinking skills
Mechanism of the Mind (1969) nerve networks of brain behave as self-organizing system.
Designer of CoRT thinking program for schools
4 Who is Edward de Bono
Has worked with IBM Shell Siemens DEC Motorola MM Mars Ericsson et al
1991 inception of Advanced Practical Thinking Training Inc. to publish training materials
The Textbook of Wisdom Teach Yourself How to Think Serious Creativity and Simplicity recent works
5 Why Six Hats
The six hats are a tool for parallel thinking
They release us from the historical argumentative mode
They lay out all views side by side and then design a way forward
They allow us to separate out the different aspects of thinking instead of trying to do everything at once
They provide a tool with which to manage thinkers and thinking
6 Why Six Hats
The coloured hats help make abstract thinking a concrete process
They can focus all group members
Link Put on your thinking cap
They can be switched quickly and easily
They indicate a role they are an instant symbol when dressing up
7 Why Six Hats
Putting on each hat represents a different type of thinking. They are mutually exclusive.
Golf club analogy.
Six has been proven to be the right number and the maximum people can remember.
The hats are NOT categories of thinker but we can have preferences. The hats manage those preferences.
8 White Hat Information
What information is available
What information would we like to have
What information do we need
How are we going to get the information
FACTS not speculation.
Notes conflicting views.
9 Red Hat Feelings
What are my feelings right now
What does my intuition tell me
What is my gut reaction
Limit to 30 secs.
No justification necessary
Can be used before or after a decision.
10 Black Hat Caution
What could be the possible problems
What could some of the difficulties be
What are the points for caution
What are the risks
Give logical reasons.
Powerful assessment tool.
11 Yellow Hat Benefits
What are the benefits
What are the positives
What are the values
Is there a concept in this idea that looks attractive
Can this be made to work
Requires a deliberate effort.
Must give reasons for why an idea might work.
Powerful counter to BLACK hat.
12 Green Hat Creative
Are there other ways to do this
What else could we do here
What are the possibilities
What will overcome our difficulties
Fresh new ideas.
Outside the box.
13 Blue Hat Process
What is our agenda
What is our next step
Which hat are we using now
How can we summarise the discussion so far
What is our decision
Open to all at any time.
Focuses and re-focuses the thinking.
14 Sequences and Scenarios 15 GREEN HAT THINKING Creative Thinking Generating ideas possibilities and alternatives. Expanding your options the world of the possible. Generating ideas that will overcome the difficulties pointed out in black hat thinking. Designing your way into the future. RED HAT THINKING Intuition Communicating your hunches gut instincts or feelings about a subject. It also enables the mind to move beyond initial reactions and get down to the productive business of exploring a subject much more thoroughly. BLUE HAT THINKING Process Control Thinking about your thinking before doing your thinking. Managing the thinking process. Creating thinking plans that will cover the appropriate thinking bases in order to achieve your desired end result.
WHITE HAT THINKING
Facts Identifying and
communicating all of the relevant
data and facts and to gather the
necessary missing data for any
project problem decision concern
or opportunity in order to arrive at a
YELLOW HAT THINKING
Positive Value Identifying and
finding the value feasibility and
benefits in ideas proposals
suggestions or potential solutions. A
mind shift from the idea killer habit of knocking ideas down as soon as
they are suggested.
BLACK HAT THINKING
Difficulties Identifying all of the
logical reasons why something might not work. To use this valuable
information to design a project plan
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