Genre: Non-fiction, business, psychology.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company.
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If you have ever attended a team building event, a motivational psychology course or some kind of HR mandated business workshop then you will have encountered the ideas of Six Thinking Hats. This is a classic book that came out in the 80’s and provides a framework for people to break free out of their biases and close-minded thinking and to playfully embrace other ways of tackling problems by putting on metaphorical hats to analyse the challenge and come out with creative solutions.
Six Thinking Hats was so successful it is still a common framework used in many workplaces with which to resolve workplace problems. It gave rise to the term ‘blue sky thinking’ a (now) cliched catchphrase for an all-ecompassing and expansive mode of problem-solving.
This book (I have first edition) is sort of quaint in that it relates to various ideas of workplace dynamics and technologies of the time like filofaxes and rolodexes….what the flippin hell is that?
There are a few nuggets of wisdom to glean from it. And it’s all stuff that you may already understand simply by being a part of the western world, as these ideas are now so deeply ingrained.
Here are the various hats, which you may recognise.
Blue Hat: The Conductor’s Hat
Thinking about and managing the thinking process
The blue hat is the control hat. It is used for thinking about thinking. The blue hat sets the agenda, focus and sequence, ensures the guidelines are observed and asks for summaries, conclusions, decisions and plans action.
Green Hat: The Creative Hat
The green hat is for creative thinking and generating new ideas, alternatives, possibilities and new concepts.
Red Hat: The Hat For The Heart
Intuition and feelings
The red hat is about feelings, intuitions and instincts. The red hat invites feelings without justification.
Yellow Hat: The Optimist’s Hat
Benefits and values
The yellow hat is for a positive view of things. It looks for the benefits and values.
Black Hat: The Judge’s Hat
The black hat identifies risk. It is used for critical judgment and must give the logical reasons for concerns. It is one of the most powerful hats.
White Hat: The Factual Hat
The white hat is impartial, objective and fact-based. For example the laws of physics, thermodynamics, photosynthesis etc. The white hat is all about information. What information you have, what information you need and where to get it.
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