Presentation on theme: "De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats"— Presentation transcript:
1De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats Dr Sunil GuptaDecember 2011
2Six Thinking HatsIt is a technique that helps meetings become more productive.The attendees of the meeting separate thinking into six distinct categories.Each category is identified with its own coloured metaphorical “thinking hat.”The hats are red, black, yellow, green, white and blue.
3Six Thinking HatsBy mentally wearing and switching "hats," the whole meeting focuses better attention at the problem.The whole meeting wears one hat at a time and it is the role of all the attendees to come up with information which is relevant during that part of the meeting to the hat being discussed.The hats can be worn in any order and more than once in a discussion on a particular topic.The hats can also be used by an individual thinking about a problem.
4Results of Six Hat Thinking Change from adversarial to parallel thinkingMore focused thinkingSaving time from doing one thing at a timeRemoving ego from decisions and more collaborationMore creativity and innovation
6The White Hat The White Hat calls for information known or needed Neutral and objective
7The Red HatThe Red Hat signifies participant’s feelings, hunches and intuitionDo not have to give any reasons or justificationKeep it short
8The Black HatThe Black Hat is judgement, the devil’s advocate or why something may not workCautious, dangers, problems, faultsLogical reasons must be given
9The Yellow Hat The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism Why it may workThe good points in the ideaPositive ThinkingConstructiveGive logical reasons
10The Green HatThe Green Hat focuses on creativity: the possibilities, alternatives and new ideasHow to overcome the Black Hat problemsHow to reinforce Yellow Hat values
11The Blue Hat The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process Setting the FocusMaking summariesOverviewsConclusionsAction Plans
12Facilitator’s Role Define the focus of your thinking Plan the sequence and timing of the thinkingAsk for changes in the thinking if neededHandle requests from the group for changes in the thinkingForm periodic or final summaries of the thinking for consideration by the team
13Participant’s Role Follow the lead of the facilitator Stick to the hat (type of thinking) that is in current useTry to work within the time limitsContribute honestly and fully under each of the hats
14SummarySix Thinking Hats is a useful technique to make meetings more productive.The whole meeting wears one metaphorical hat at a time.It can save time, bring about more focused thinking, more collaboration and more creativity.
15Further ReadingEdward De Bono. Six Thinking Hats (1985) ISBN