Setting the table for a powerful thinking method

This method of addressing problems  and situations is very effective  and powerful. It really isn’t that complicated, but it takes practice, and mindfulness, which I touched on in my last post.  

 Even harder is actually getting agreement with the other people involved that you are going to use the method, in other words, you have to be able to negotiate well.

So  here it is:

Six Thinking Hats® is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. And once learned, the tools can be applied immediately!

 You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.

white hat The White Hat calls for information known or needed. “The facts, just the facts.”
yellow hat The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
black hat The Black Hat is judgment – the devil’s advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
red hat The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
green hat The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
blue hat The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It’s the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.

  One way to implement this that I actually haven’t tried is to listen for what hat someone has on as you listen to them. This will require you to have your blue hat on. You can put on the hat that they have on and roll with it. If they switch hats, you can switch with them. At a certain point, if you’d like them to try a hat that they haven’t yet, you can ask them if they’d be willing. If you have been a good listener, they are more likely to do so than if you hav just been debating with them or listening passively.


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