When it comes to solving business problems, your perspective only provides one singular view of the situation. This can seriously limit creativity, and is therefore damaging to the overall progress of your business. Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a great technique for breaking away from a narrow point of view as it encourages us to look at a problem from many different angles and experiment with different approaches.
Six Thinking Hats, a thinking skills training course from Edward de Bono, teaches parallel thinking as an alternative to argument. Parallel thinking guides thought processes in one direction at a time so we can effectively analyze issues, generate new ideas, and make better decisions. Six Thinking Hats helps put our opinions and egos aside, so we can focus on a way forward, without argument.
Six Thinking Hats training is fast-paced, practical, and interactive. Participants learn how to separate emotion from facts, the positive from the negative and critical thinking from creative thinking.
There are six different imaginary hats. Think of the “hats “as thinking icons. Each hat is a different color and represents a different type or mode of thinking and everyone wears the same hat (do the same type of thinking) at the same time. When you changes hats, you change your thinking. Six thinking hats forces you to move your habitual thinking style.
The technique involves switching between thinking styles to consider your problem from different viewpoints. This broadens your mind so that you are able to generate a greater variety of ideas and possible solutions. Adopt each thinking style one-by-one, adding to your Mind Map as you go along.
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Dr. Sunil Gupta is the Chief Innovation Instigator & Chief Learning Officer in IDEAS Management Consultants. He received his early education at University of Bombay. Post Masters Research and Advanced Training in HR at New York University, USA followed by an M.Phil. & Ph.D. in Management. With a rich experience of 36 years in the industry, he holds training and consulting experience across 40 countries and he has received special recognition from Prime Minister’s Office UAE and Bahrain.