Pathways to a Thinking Company; Six Thinking Hats

Imagine it. Your team has the skills and techniques they need to make the best decision. Fast. Smart. Efficient.

It’s not impossible. In fact, it’s simple. Once they know how. That’s where Dr. Edward de Bono‘s Six Thinking Hats® comes in.

This systematic method of thinking in a completely new and different way will provide your employees with skills and tools that they can apply immediately! See results in days, not months.

It is a simple, effective technique that helps them become more productive. You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six distinct categories. Each category is identified with its own colored metaphorical “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.

The difference between brilliant and mediocre teams isn’t so much in their collective mental capacity, but in how well they can tap into their collective wisdom and how well they function together. After your team learns the skills behind the Six Thinking Hats® system they’ll:

    • Hold critical meetings without emotions or egos making bad decisions
    • Avoid the easy but mediocre decisions by knowing how to dig deeper
    • Increase productivity and even more important — be more effective
    • Make creative solutions the norm
    • Maximize and organize each person’s thoughts and ideas
    • Get to the right solution quickly and with a shared vision

The Six Thinking Hats (or modes)


The White Hat

      The White Hat calls for information known or needed.

The Red Hat

      The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition.

The Black Hat

      The Black Hat is judgment — the devil’s advocate or why something may not work.

The Yellow Hat

      The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism.

The Green Hat

      The Green Hat focuses on creativity: the possibilities, alternatives and new ideas.

The Blue Hat

    The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process.
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