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1From the work of Edward deBono Six Thinking HatsFrom the work of Edward deBono
2PurposeTo process and discuss the ACR report utilizing parallel thinking via the six hats
3What is parallel thinking? At any moment everyone is looking in the same direction.
4The six hats widen our lens: Six colors of hats for six types of thinkingEach hat identifies a type of thinkingHats are directions of thinkingHats help a group use parallel thinkingYou can “put on” and “take off” a hat
6…and six hats White: objective facts & figures; data & information Red: emotions, feelings, & intuitionsBlack: cautious, careful, & critical judgmentYellow: hope, positive & beneficialGreen: creativity, ideas & lateral thinkingBlue: process control & organization of thinking (thinking about thinking)
7Wearing the hats Direction, not description Set out to think in a certain direction“Let’s have some black hat thinking…”Not categories of peopleNot: “He’s a black hat thinker.”Everyone can and should use all the hatsNot right v. wrongThinking through the issues from multiple points of view.Surfacing potential gapsUse in whole or in part
8Benefits of Six Thinking Hats Provides a common languageExperience & intelligence of each person (Diversity of thought)Use more of our brainsHelps people work against type, preferenceRemoval of ego (reduce confrontation)Save timeFocus (one thing at a time)Create, evaluate & implement action plans
9The Blue Hat Thinking about thinking Instructions for thinking The organization of thinkingControl of the other hatsDiscipline and focus
10The Blue Hat Role Control of thinking & the process Begin & end session with blue hatFacilitator, session leader’s roleChoreographyOpen, sequence, closeFocus: what should we be thinking aboutAsking the right questionsDefining & clarifying the problemSetting the thinking tasks
11Open with the blue hat… why we are here what we are thinking about definition of the situation or problemalternative definitionswhat we want to achievewhere we want to end upthe background to the thinkinga plan for the sequence of hats
12…and close with the blue hat What we have achievedOutcomeConclusionDesignSolutionNext steps
13White Hat Thinking Neutral, objective information Facts & figures Review existing information, search for gaps, analyze past trendsQuestions:What information do we have?What information do we need?What information is missing?What questions do we need to ask?Is it fact or belief? (checked facts v. believed facts)Excludes opinions, hunches, judgmentsRemoves feelings & impressions
14Red Hat Thinking Emotions & feelings Hunches, intuitions, impressions, gut instinctsDoesn’t have to be logical or consistentNo justifications, reasons or basisConsider how other people will react emotionally
15Red Hat Questions What is your gut reaction to the ACR? What is your opinion?What do you like or not like?What emotions are involved (fear, anger, hatred, suspicion, enthusiasm, joy)?
17Yellow Hat QuestionsWhat ideas, suggestions, or proposals are there for how to navigate communication of and issues surrounding the ACR?What is the value/benefit in how this ACR system has been designed?What positives do you see?What could be done to make this more effective?Under what conditions will this work?What is your vision for how this can move forward?
18Green Hat Thinking New ideas, concepts, perceptions Deliberate creation of new ideasAlternatives and more alternativesNew approaches to problemsCreative & lateral thinking
19Green Hat Questions Let’s think “outside the box.” What are some fresh ideas or approaches?This is the time for any wild or crazy or “far out” idea.What are all of our alternatives?How can we reshape a certain idea?We’ve always done it this way; let’s “green hat” it … how else can we do it?
20Black Hat Thinking Cautious and careful Logical negative – why it won’t workCritical judgment, pessimistic viewSeparates logical negative from emotionalFocus on errors, evidence, conclusionsLogical & truthful, but not necessarily fair
21Black Hat Questions What will happen if we take this action? What can go wrong if we proceed with this idea or implement this suggestion?What are the weaknesses that we need to overcome?How does this fit with other work ongoing in the state and in districts?
23Red Hat Questions What is your gut reaction to the ACR? What is your opinion?What do you like or not like?What emotions are involved (fear, anger, hatred, suspicion, enthusiasm, joy)?
24Yellow Hat QuestionsWhat ideas, suggestions, or proposals are there for how to navigate communication of and issues surrounding the ACR?What is the value/benefit in how this ACR system has been designed?What positives do you see?What could be done to make this more effective?Under what conditions will this work?What is your vision for how this can move forward?
25Group Process Describe the group’s interactions. What themes emerged from the conversation?
26Additional CommentsWhat else will be important as we navigate the ACR?
27Asking the right question We can’t get the right answer if we ask the wrong questionCrucial blue hat skillOne technique: five whys